Who we are
Founded in 1895, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. A premier business association, CII has over 8,300 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including small and medium enterprises and multinational corporations.
With around 250 national and regional sectoral industry associations that are affiliated to us, CII’s outreach extends to an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises.
What we do
CII is a reference point for Indian and global stakeholders. We assist and actively enable Indian industry to look at new markets and work closely with industry associations, think tanks, universities and government representatives. Likewise, we also encourage global companies to look at India as a lucrative investment destination.
Policy advocacy: CII collates and synergizes industry perspectives on a range of economic and industry matters for presentation to key stakeholders, including the Indian Government. Operating through multiple focused councils and committees comprising industry members and experts that cover critical sectors in agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure and services, CII works closely with the Government on policy issues.
Business development: CII engages with industry on a continuous basis for networking and expanding competitiveness across business verticals. Our flagship trade shows held since 1975, include some of Asia’s largest exhibitions and showcase the best of Indian industry. In addition, we curate numerous sectoral shows throughout the country that provide platforms for B2B engagement as also undertake ideation and thought leadership.
Through the 9 Centers of Excellence in India, CII offers focused training, advisory and consultancy services on achieving business excellence. These Centers collaborate with overseas institutions to develop Indian industry’s engagement in areas such as sustainable development, energy efficiency and water management, among others. We also partner with global entities on technology, R&D and knowledge initiatives.
International engagement: CII’s agenda includes interacting intensively with overseas stakeholders across the world. Working with Government, industry, academia, and civil society, we engage in focused business delegations, trade exhibitions, and industry collaborations. Our region-specific desks closely interacts with countries across the world, as also with development and multilateral organisations.
CII’s 10 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UK, and USA and institutional partnerships with 344 counterpart organizations in 129 countries assist in building wide-ranging networks.
Social development: The CII Foundation spearheads industry’s corporate social responsibility activities. It works towards inclusive development by providing a meaningful bridge between marginalized communities and industry. The areas of interventions include education, public health and sanitation, skilling, employment and livelihoods, gender equality and women empowerment, disaster management and environment sustainability.
Regional presence: CII has a footprint across India through the 66 regional, state and zonal offices. These offices engage with state governments and industry members at a grassroot level through a dynamic two-way interaction.
India and the UK
India and the UK are natural allies in the evolving global environment, with shared interests and common perspectives. The UK is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest one. The two countries enjoy synergies in education systems with English language as a common advantage. Similar legal and institutional systems in both the countries build a strong foundation of understanding and friendship.
The two countries have established a strong dialogue mechanism for economic cooperation, including the India – UK CEO Forum, Economic and Financial Dialogue and the Joint Economic and Trade Committee. The technology sector is a key area of common interest to both countries and encompasses education and skill development, smart cities, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and financial technologies.
Bilateral trade and investment engagement has been high on the agenda of the two countries. The UK is one of India’s leading trade partners with $14 billion of trade in goods and services in 2015-16, though there has been a slight decline over the last couple of years. It ranks 5th as an export destination for India and 12th in terms of aggregate trade. In investments, the UK is the largest source of FDI in India amongst the G20 nations, while India has emerged as the third largest investor in the UK economy. India is also the second largest international job creator in the UK economy - nearly 800 Indian companies in the UK have created an estimated 110,000 jobs.
The UK offers advanced knowledge and commercial applications for India’s renewed growth trajectory, which centers on leapfrogging technologies for development. The two sides bring complementary resources to the partnership. The UK has long been a leader in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, R&D, design and innovation.
India’s skilled human resources are the ‘brain-bank’ for technology development. With over 1 billion telephone connections and more than 300 million internet users, India is also emerging as the world’s fastest growing market. The country has recently brought out a new policy on intellectual property rights and launched campaigns such as Digital India and Startup India. The UK emerges as a favored partner to meet India’s aspirations as a global hub for the emerging knowledge industries.
Today, it is increasingly critical for emerging economies to engage with technology and harness innovation as a developmental tool. Many of our higher education institutions have earned respect in the global industry for developing world-class scientists and technicians as also high-level strategists and managers. India’s software industry is the world’s leading developer and exporter of software services, while a significant number of our manufacturing industries have built advanced and competitive global facilities.
The task of boosting India’s growth will draw upon these strengths and converge technological attainments with economic development. The Jan Dhan Yojana for financial inclusion aims to leverage mobile phones with the digital unique identification card to bring benefits to bank accounts of more than 220 million people.
Digital India, Startup India, Smart Cities, and the Ease of Doing Business measures are all founded on a strong base of technology. The spread of technology to the grassroots is making an impact and empowering the citizens.
Financial inclusion is playing a major role in this endeavour, and in the last few months, there has been a proliferation of reform measures through joint efforts of the Finance Ministry, the central bank and regulatory agencies. Fintech is the new buzzword, with many startups entering the ecosystem. In addition, new banks are being permitted for the first time, a huge banking consolidation is underway, and international finance is being accorded high priority.
As a global technology leader, India would like to attract participation from UK across key industry sectors as India moves towards a calibrated integration with the global economy.
Sectors of co-operation
India has embarked on a definitive action plan with specific projects and missions to unlock its development potential. This offers many new opportunities for UK businesses to invest in a multitude of areas. Models of business engagement that UK businesses can deploy include joint partnerships, technology transfer, investment-funding, Engineering Procurement and Construction, Public Private Partnership and supply chain integration.
Some areas of major opportunity are outlined below:
Smart Cities and the Digital Economy: Under the Smart City Mission , 98 cities have been identified to be developed through specific projects and are expected to attract significant investments over the next 5 years. These provide partnership opportunities in urban infrastructure, including smart public transport and transport management systems, water and waste management technologies, sanitation, etc. A program to build affordable housing has recently received added impetus through incentives in India’s Budget.
Manufacturing, Defense and Security: The Indian manufacturing sector, under the Make in India campaign, is set for a renewed policy focus. The program covers several critical pillars for boosting manufacturing growth, including skill development, infrastructure and transport construction, R&D and IPR, and attracting FDI.
25 sectors have been emphasized in the campaign, including defence manufacturing, railway production, textiles and apparel, machinery, electronics and so on. The government has drafted new national policies for textiles and apparel and capital goods and is working with the industry to develop more promotional policies.
Given India’s large and growing market and rise of middle class consumers, the manufacturing sector offers a plethora of opportunities, including for export.
Ease of Doing Business: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has come up with 340 administrative parameters for state governments to action and facilitate ease of doing businesses. Around 12 states have succeeded in meeting over 90% of the required policy and administrative measures, greatly improving the business climate.
Financial and Professional Services: India and the UK can step up collaboration in corporate bond markets, infrastructure finance, green bonds, product innovation in insurance, and innovative FinTech.
Healthcare and Hygiene: The Indian healthcare industry is estimated to expand seven-fold during this decade. The Indian OTC markets is estimated to grow to $11 billion by 2020. The two countries can cooperate in the areas of medical service delivery, regulatory mechanisms, especially in public health systems, and digital health, among others.
CII in the UK
CII’s representative office in the UK is the oldest in the CII network, having been in operation for over 35 years, and is housed in the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). CII UK has a broad-based work plan spanning policy issues and business networking for Indian companies in the UK, facilitating incoming business delegations from India to the UK, assisting delegations from UK to India, and supporting visits for Government of India and State Government officials.
CII UK works in collaboration with a strong network of national and regional partners. Major strategic partnerships include the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK-India Business Council (UKIBC), and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC). CII also collaborates with over 30 partner institutions, including Regional Councils, renowned Universities, Think Tanks and Diaspora networks.
CII also has an India Business Forum in the UK, which is a group of Indian companies with operations in the UK. The group serves as a platform for UK subsidiaries of Indian companies to work closely with the UK government on policy and procedural issues impacting their operations in the UK.