Gadkari further said with the global supply chain undergoing significant restructuring, and countries looking to diversify their supply out of China, India’s MSMEs have a great opportunity of being integrated in the global supply chain.
“As a country, we battled the first wave of COVID-19 with great resilience and came out with strong growth projections.
“And I’m confident in the ability of the industry and MSME sector to battle the ongoing wave with similar conviction and lead India to a positive growth trajectory,” he said.
Gadkari, who holds MSME portfolio along with road, transport and highways, was virtually addressing an event organised by Amazon India.
He also pointed out that the adoption of technology coupled with right input and maintaining quality will define the long-term success of this sector.
“MSMEs are the growth engine of Indian economy…COVID-19 posed some very serious challenges to our MSME sector but I am proud to say that our MSMEs were able to adopt to changing circumstances and eventually help India get back to a growth trajectory,” he said.
The Union minister noted that with time it has become increasingly clear that technology will be a very critical factor in defining success and competitiveness of Indian MSMEs both domestically as well as globally in coming days.
“We need to ensure that digital transformation of India’s MSME sector takes place that enables them to capitalise on India’s current opportunity,” Gadkari said, adding that in parallel there is also a need to focus on their capacity building.
Noting that e-commerce has enabled small and marginal sellers expand their outreach not only nationally but also globally, he said,”digitising millions of MSMEs should be the top priority.”
The Union minister pointed out that the government changed the definition of MSMEs in a way that would give a huge boost to the industry.
According to Gadkari, the MSME sector created more than 11 crore jobs , contributing to one-third of the country’s GDP and around half of its exports.