WASME - World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises, has recently concluded a seminar on FDI in Retail.
Seminar was organised in the backdrop of government of India’s plan to permit 51 per cent foreign direct investment in the multi-brand retailing. There were four speakers and they were - Pankaj Priya, Chairperson, Centre for Retail, BIMTECH; Dr. Arpita Mukherjee, Prof, ICRIER; Dharmendra Kumar, Director, India FDI Watch; and Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
Pankaj Priya in his presentation, talked about impact of FDI in Retail on SMEs and Dharmendra Kumar addressed the issue of its impact on livelihood. Dr. Arpita Mukherjee explained in detail about policy framework to safeguard the interests of SMEs. Praveen Khandelwal presented the viewpoint of trade enterprises on entry of multinational corporate houses. V N Prasad, Senior Economic Advisor, WASME moderated the discussions. The seminar was sponsored by CA Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society Ltd, and Radius Synergies Pvt Ltd.