These are very exciting times for us. As I had mentioned when
I took over as Chairman, this year our focus is on execution
and state level initiatives.
Now our engagements with the state governments have started
bearing fruit. The state governments of Karnataka and Odisha
have already commissioned IESA for development of ESDM in
their respective states. We are also in advanced stages of
discussions with many other state governments for similar
state-level ESDM policies.
Another key focus for this year is to study the various
disabilities faced by our industry. The ESDM Disability
report, being developed us in association with Ernst & Young,
will be ready by the end of this quarter.
Our Regulatory and Legal CIG is also working on several
initiatives to address these disabilities. The group recently
conducted a seminar to discuss the new transfer pricing
circulars and their impact on captive R&D centres in India.
You will also recall the SWOT analysis that I mentioned would
be included in this year’s Frost and Sullivan report. A SWOT
analysis of the top 25 products and 100 components has been
initiated and the report should be available by the end of
August 2013. This is going to be a very crucial report as it
covers products and components that contribute to more than
85% of India’s electronics consumption. Armed with this, as
well as the E&Y Disability study we plan to conduct
state-level ESDM awareness workshops in September 2013.
Vivek Pawar has
put together a Talent CIG and is working on a charter for the
group; Vivek Tyagi has started the ground work for Vision
Summit 2014 which is scheduled to be held on 3-4 February
2014; and Ravi Pagar is working on the Membership Drive for
this year. If you would like to recommend any company that is
not currently a member of IESA, please write to
We have also expanded our full-time Secretariat to improve
efficiency and delivery capability. Specifically, we have
Venkatesh Kumaran joining us as VP, Strategy and Operations.
Very soon, we will on-board a GM- Marketing & Sales as well.
With a bigger team to support us, we should be able to work
faster and include more initiatives during the year.
We have several other events
lined up in the coming months. Please visit our website,
www.iesaonline.org, regularly to
read about our forthcoming events and latest news updates.
We have an IESA Member Meet (IESA Interactive or “i2”) on July
20th morning at the LSI office at Bangalore. We will be discussing the
plans from our various CIG’s as well as have a presentation on the
Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) scheme from IL&FS. If you are in
Bangalore, I urge you all to do mark the date on your calendars and join
us on July 20th for the i2.
And of course, please do keep your suggestions and feedback
flowing in to
With Best Wishes
Chairman - IESA