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FICCI project to spruce up paper, food processing sectors

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Mr Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr Carlos Alfredo Magarinos, Director General, UNIDO (extreme left), and Mr Saroj Kumar Poddar, Senior Vice-President of FICCI, at the launch of the `Business partnership programme for promoting competitiveness' in the Capital on Friday. — Kamal Narang

New Delhi , March 11

THE Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched a unique project for imparting competitiveness to the country's agro food processing, and paper and pulp sectors through technical and managerial training and capacity building. The project is being conducted by the Government, UNIDO and FICCI.

The business partnership for promoting competitiveness for development of selected industrial sectors and the UNIDO project on promotion and management of intellectual property rights for increasing competitiveness among India's knowledge-driven industries was jointly launched by the Minister for Commerce & Industry, Mr Kamal Nath, and the Director General of UNIDO, Mr Carlos Alfredo Magarinos, in the Capital on Friday.

Under the Business Partnership Programme, a Technology Centre for Business Partnership (TCBP) will be set up at FICCI. It will be the nodal point for coordinating and acting as a clearing house to support technology transfer and innovations for enhancing productivity and competitiveness in selected enterprises. TCBP will be linked to UNIDO's Global Investment and Technology Promotion Offices and Networks for synergy and exchange of information, according to a FICCI statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kamal Nath also announced the setting up of a Centre for Food Testing as well as a Food Research and Analysis Centre in Delhi for promotion of production and productivity in the agro and food processing sector.

The agro and food processing project would be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, the selected industrial clusters are Jalgoan (Maharashtra) for banana and Simla for apples. In the second phase, the identified clusters are in Kolar (Karnataka) for fruits and vegetables, Arunachal Prdadesh and other North Eastern states for pineapples, Kadi (Gujarat) for cotton ginning & pressing and Maharashtra for pomegranates.

In pulp & paper, the first phase of the project will be taken up in Uttaranchal and the second in western Uttar Pradesh.

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