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Agility of group firms is the key, says Mistry

Tata Group to invest Rs 45,000 crore in next 2 years, says India still an attractive investment destination

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The Tata Group will continue to invest in the India growth story as the country is still an attractive destination, especially with the recent emphasis on policy clarity and a renewed thrust to economic reforms by the Government.

In his first address to over 456,000 of the Tata Group, , the new Chairman, said the group had already put in place plans for over Rs 45,000 crore additional additional investments over the next two years. The group has invested Rs 50,000 crore over the past three years across various businesses in the country.

The emailed statement, which touches upon many issues, also said that while handing over of the responsibility of Chairmanship “brings with it the winds of change”, the core of the Tata Group  will remain unchanged. On his predecessor Ratan Tata, Mistry said the group would continue to differentiate itself from its peers through the group’s core DNA -- “Mr Tata’s uncompromising adherence to a resilient value system, a platform has been created which everyone can cherish and that evokes pride in all”.

Innovation and agility were the other major themes of Mistry’s statement. “As history has shown, corporations that are happy with resting on their laurels are weeded out by nimble competition,” he said.

For this, he urged everyone to improve their businesses competitiveness and address the small issues that are often overlooked but end up making a significant difference in the value proposition of products and services.

Along with the focus on India, Mistry also said that the Group need to work to both deepen and widen global engagement with an emphasis on emerging markets in Asia, Africa and parts of Latin America. “Of course, each company's path to globalization will be different, with differing approaches to the spreading of risk, acquisition of technology, access to talent, and investment in long-term growth markets,” he said.

He also touched upon the crisis in the mature markets. “There is currently much debate about the future of free markets across the world, particularly in the wake of the global financial crisis. At such a time, l believe our businesses must play a leadership role in strengthening the positive feedback loop between markets and the institutions that govern their operation,” he said.

Mistry also recognised the need of team spirit among various businesses. He said that a considerable premium needs to be placed on working together in teams that leverage and collectively enhance each of the Group’s individual strengths. “We must leverage the power of the Group by encouraging our people from different Tata companies to share best practices and work together in co-creating shared value,” he wrote.

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