BackgroundOver Confederation of Indian Industry is organising a Round

BackgroundOver the last 3 years, much has been done on the policy front in the defence sector. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken several initiatives, including promulgation of DPP 2016 with enabling provisions for Indian industry, since the announcement of “Make in India” to create a very conducive environment for investment and ease of doing business. While substantial changes have taken place in the policy sphere, constant delays in procurement process have restricted the order flow to Indian private industry. This coupled with lack of visibility in the procurement process has dampened the initial euphoria, casting a shadow on investment plans of private players. Several large and medium sized programs are currently at different stages of procurement. It is thus critical that they are taken to a logical conclusion on priority, especially in case of programmess that are in the final stages of procurement cycle. There is also an urgent need to shorten the existing acquisition cycle by putting in place a mechanism to ensure time bound decision making at every stage. MoD should also fast track big ticket items under ‘Make’ Projects like Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV), Battlefield Management System (BMS) and Tactical Communication System (TCS) which are in “evaluation” stages for many years now. Growth in the Defence sector will ultimately be driven by orders that are awarded to the industry. It is therefore necessary to analyse various programmes currently in the pipeline, reasons for delay and also the best way forward. With this background, Confederation of Indian Industry is organising a Round Table on ‘Energising ‘Make in India’ in Defence’ on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at New Delhi. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and will interact with industry to understand the specific issues faced by Indian Industry in Defence Procurements. She will be joined by key officials from the Ministry of Defence.Objectives of the Round TableTo identify programmes at various stages of the procurement cycle that have been delayed and require immediate attention to have orders flowing to industry. To identify various impediments to the procurement process, with specific case studies. To deliberate on solutions / methodology to expedite the procurement process for both existing and upcoming cases of procurement. Target ParticipantsCEOs & Defence Business Heads of 20 Indian Companies (maximum 25). India Heads of 8-10 Foreign OEMs (to be chosen / given preference based on pending cases in the procurement cycle)Wish list of officers that can be given to Hon RM or RMO are as following :Ministry of DefenceSecretary (Defence)Special Secretary & Director General (Acquisition)Joint Secretaries in the Acquisition Wing Technical Managers in the Acquisition Wing User ServicesDeputy Chief of the Army StaffVice Chief of the Naval StaffVice Chief of the Air ForceCISCOfficials from the Acquisition / Perspective Planning Directorate of each of the servicesRepresentatives from HQ IDS involved in procurementsSuggested Programme OutlineInaugural Session : 1000 – 1100 hrs (with Hon’ble RM)Round Table Discussions : 1100 – 1430 hrs Wrap up / Closing Session : 1500 – 1600 hrs (with Hon’ble RM)