World Trade Center Bhubaneswar associated with The MSME Development Institute Cuttack under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Government of India in conducting a webinar on Government e-Marketplace.
Mr. P. K. Gupta, IEDS, Joint Director and HOO, MSME-DI, Cuttack in his address highlighted finance and marketing as the key issues faced by the MSMEs and deliberated that given the current challenging pandemic situation marketing has emerged as the major bottleneck. He advocated for the MSMEs to come forward and take benefit of the GeM as this platform stood cashless and paperless thus eliminating the role of middlemen. He also explained the policy mandate by which the Central Public Sector Units and Departments are bound to procure through GeM wherein the biggest hurdle of getting payment clearances are also taken care off.
Mr. Subendhu Pradhan, Business Facilitator, GeM, further made a detailed presentation about the entire process in which GeM operates. He covered crucial aspects of operating through GeM such as GeM process workflow, creation and uploading of the catalogue, uploading of products and services, process to participate in the bidding process, reporting and incident management, payments from CRAC generation, stock updation, validation and process for generation of invoice.
Earlier in his welcome address Mr. Rajiv, Branch Director, Rourkela, MSME Development Institute spoke about the benefits of GeM especially in this challenging situation and how it is going to assist the MSMEs in finding market
The presentation was followed by a question answer session on case to case basis where the MSME entrepreneurs were able to gain clarification on the pertinent issues faced by them both in the registration as well as operational process and procedures.
Mr. Diwakar, Assistant Director, MSME DI Cuttack proposed the vote of thanks.