Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) can provide the ignition required for a new India.
Speaking after inaugurating the fifth India International MSME Start-Up Expo, Suresh Prabhu said, “The Prime Minister made a profound statement that without participation, development, and regeneration of small and medium startups, we cannot succeed ignition of new India.”
He added, “One of the fundamental and cardinal principles of the small and medium enterprises is that they take wealth to different corners of the country. They earn money and in process help wealth distribution of that, unlike large industries.”
There are 12 crore MSMEs that directly and indirectly engage more than 60 crore people in the country.
The event saw participation from young entrepreneurs. Top officials including Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Minister Satish Mahana, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, Ambassador of Thailand Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ashraf Shilhalvyev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan Farhood Arziev and Japanese Minister Counsellor Kenko Sone were also present.
The agenda of the exposition is to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment to generate maximum job opportunities.
The event will also provide one-stop global platform to connect, network, partner and share information with domestic and international SMEs to find new business opportunities in either country.
The event will witness more than 20,000 visitors, 250 exhibitors, 100 B2G and B2B meetings, 50 embassies and global participants, 30 banks and investors, 15 PSUs and government departments and 10 concurrent summits.