The Indian government has urged Chinese companies to take advantage of the new investment and manufacturing opportunities in India, policy certainties and increased ease of business, and said that these companies should not only look at India as a market destination for their products, rather look at partnering closely in the “Make in India” program.
“Indian talent and Chinese innovation can be a very potent fusion. Chinese companies need to look India as a partner in ‘Make in India’ program and not only as a market destination for their product,” Aruna Sundarajan, Secretary Ministry of Electronics, IT Government of India said.
“Government at Centre or states will definitely be more welcoming of Chinese companies if they looked for partnering with us in ‘Make in India’ program,” Sundarajan said.
The government is targeting 500 million mobile phones manufacturing by 2019, along with a robust component industry, from 280 million smartphones at present.
“Our Chinese partners will help us in achieving this. There is a huge emerging opportunity in component manufacturing in India now. And this is one area where Chinese companies should look into and partner with Indian companies for setting up manufacturing base,” said Pankaj Mohindroo, National President, Indian Cellular Association (ICA).
Josh Foulger, Country head for Foxconn India said that India is now a very cost competitive destination and companies which want to leverage Indian market need to look long term and manufacture here like what happened in the automobile sector. He also pointed out that it was advisable to for JV model rather than doing everything on one’s own.
Sundarajan, on the sidelines of the second India-China mobile phone and accessories manufacturing summit, said that government was fully backing the Make in India program and was creating a full architecture behind it. "We want more investors to come and make for the world, so we will make sure there are less disadvantages," she added.
In the second India-China mobile phone and accessories manufacturing summit, state governments from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana among others pitched their states for Chinese component makers to set up their units.
This event is aimed at strengthening Indian mobile phone and component manufacturing ecosystem. More than 200 mobile phone brands from China & India and 1000 dealers are participating at the Fair.