Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) organised an interactive session on “Doing Business in Defence: Creating an Enabling Ecosystem” on 22 April 2019 at 1000 hrs at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road. New Delhi. Memberships of all Industry Associations were invited to participate. Secretary (Defence), DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence along with senior officials from the Department of Defence Production interacted with the Indian defence industry, who turned up in large numbers.
Focus: The objective of the Session was to communicate to the industry, the key policy changes and amendments in the Defence Procurement Procedures amounting to Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) in defence procurement. The Ministry of Defence is confident that these changes would improve ease of doing business in defence, create a level playing field, improve transparency and promote private sector participation.
The separate interactive sessions saw the industry members coming up with constructive recommendations to take the BPR exercise further. Many of these suggestions were highly appreciated by the MoD officials and promised to be taken forward. SIDM is in the process of compiling key industry issues along with recommendations to be taken up with the MoD.
Takeaway: The session provided an excellent opportunity for the industry members to understand the implications of the amendments in DPP. The MOD on their part named the specific departments/sections that the industry members needed to contact to take up their issues and suggestions forward. The MoD further asked SIDM to constitute an industry team of think tanks who could work closely with the MoD to formulate suitable provisions/policy in specific areas towards making the DPP more user-friendly and inclusive.