Dr. Ajay Kumar, Ki Wan Kim and Eric Braganza was felicitated at Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) 38th annual function focused on ‘Championing Change in the Indian Appliance and Consumer Electronics’.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT was awarded Champions of Change Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian electronics sector and Make in India project. Ki Wan Kim, MD, LG India received the ‘Man of Electronics Award’ for his excellent service of over 35 years to LG, during the course of which he transformed the company into one of the most recognized brands in the country. Eric Braganza, President, Haier India was awarded the ‘Man of Appliances Award’ for his excellent mentorship and leadership skills and steered Haier India to new heights.
The occasion was graced by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Sandeep Ladda, Technology Leader PwC, Manish Sharma, President, CEAMA, Sunil Vachani, Vice President, North CEAMA, Kamal Nandi, Vice President, West, CEAMA and other CEAMA dignitaries.
Additionally, in association with PwC, CEAMA unveiled a detailed report on ‘Championing Change in the Indian Appliance & Consumer Electronics (ACE) Industry’. With an anticipated CAGR of only 9%, PwC findings state that manufacturing disabilities and a limited component ecosystem are root causes of low cumulative value addition. The large population and steep GDP growth over next 5 years will be the key driver for Indian economic pyramid shift towards the top.
The report also goes onto illustrate government of India’s push to promote electronics manufacturing in order to achieve net zero imports, and placing the ACE industry at the forefront of digital India program. This push has resulted in an increase in domestic manufacturing from Rs. 55,765 crore during FY2015–16 to Rs. 64,752 crore during FY2016–17.
Sharing his views, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog said, “The appliance and consumer electronics (ACE) sector offers immense growth opportunities, not only in terms of consumption but also manufacturing and job creation. They have been one of the forthcoming industries who have successfully aligned their business strategies to various government led initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. The policy led initiatives proposed by the government have been specifically designed to aid the small and medium enterprises. CEAMA has given these SME’s a platform to voice their opinion and become more included in government led policy and growth discussions.”
Sharing his views on this occasion Manish Sharma, President, CEAMA said, “The aim behind releasing this report was to bring to the fore challenges faced by the industry in the current environment, and the policy framework needed to support the continuously evolving business ecosystem especially local manufacturing. The consumer durable industry creates 3 indirect jobs for every direct job, thus it needs to work closely with the government on further improving the local manufacturing framework to generate more employable labour.”