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First International SME Convention 2018 to be held in New Delhi

The first International SME (Small, Medium Enterprises) convention will be held in New Delhi from 22ndto 24th April, 2018. It has been organised by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. It aims to provide platform to allow Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (E2E) exchange of ideas, free and fair business discussions, mutual sizing of opportunities and ways to address them.

Key Facts

The four day International SME convention will see participation of 150 participants from 31 countries and 400 entrepreneurs from India. It has specific focus on inclusion of MSMEs in Make in India program and empowering women entrepreneurs.

The Ministry of MSME has engaged with over 35 International Trade Development organisations to attract and invite able and willing entrepreneurs and encourage people to people (P2P) contact with select Indian Entrepreneurs from key sectors of the International counterparts.

Background

India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, majority of which are in low-tech areas and serve local domestic markets. The MSMEs sector constitute single largest employer after Agriculture sector in India. Highly developed economies have banked on their SMEs for both GDP Growth as well as higher employment resulting in higher per capita incomes. In India, small percentage of SMEs have ability to derive access to International Markets, with vast majority of enterprises working as ancillaries.

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POSHAN Abhiyaan: 1st meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges held in New Delhi

The first meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyaan was held in New Delhi. It saw participation of NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant and representatives of various ministries of Central and State Governments.

National Council on India’s Nutritional Challenges

Its mandate is to provide policy directions to address countries nutritional challenges through coordinated inter-sectoral action. It is also mandated to coordinate and review convergence between Ministries and review programmes for nutrition on a quarterly basis. It will submit its report to the Prime Minister every 6 months.

POSHAN Abhiyaan

POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan in March 2018. POSHAN stands for Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition. It aims to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children. It targets to reduce level of under-nutrition and other related problems by ensuring convergence of various nutrition related schemes. It also targets stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and low birth rate. It will monitor and review implementation of all such schemes and utilize existing structural arrangements of line ministries wherever available.

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