The global concern for Kerala has already been proved, as it gets reflected in the huge humanitarian assistance that pour directly into the flood- affected areas, as also into the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Now the time for actual rebuilding of the State has come. A State-level reconstruction drive, obviously, need to be a huge collective initiative, in which , all stakeholders have their important role: the State Government, LSGIs, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and their Associations, NGOs, professionals etc. ‘Enterprise Development’ is a key component of such an initiative in which, professionalism has to play a critical role. ISED, and its specialised knowledge platform, the ‘ISED Small Enterprise Observatory’, as socially responsible entities, feel the moral responsibility of utilizing their full potential for this strenuous task.
ISED proposes to contribute its mite as well. A people’s initiative must, invariably, lead to a strategy with the following components:
1) a scientific assessment of the damage occurred to enterprises and related infrastructure;
2) a documentation of the entrepreneurial perceptions and confidence;
3) a strategic plan for reconstruction, and ways of bringing back the entrepreneurial confidence;
4) showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of the enterprise sector , so that the perceptions on Kerala’s ‘ease of doing business ‘remain intact.
The activities envisaged and planned by the ISED under the EDI-NK, are the following:
1. outlining subsector strategies, through field investigations and consultations.
2. Sensitisation of Local Governments, and public authorities, through effective dissemination of best practices.
3. Delivery and facilitation of Business Development Services to potential investors and entrepreneurs.
4. Sharing the knowledge and capabilities at the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory over the last two decades.
While the above initiatives are drawn from the confidence and expertise gained by the Institute, over the past 30 years, and documented through the ‘Kerala Enterprise Development Report’ series, and the ‘Observatory Mirror’, they need to be publicly debated in the context of the post-Flood reconstruction operations. The ISED Small Enterprise Observatory, and other arms of the Institute, are keen on taking such an initiative forward, to the benefit of a ‘New Kerala’ that has been visualized by the Government of Kerala. With a small seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation and support of all stakeholders, and of well-wishers.
With the seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation of all stakeholders, and of the well-wishers of Kerala around the world.