Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s proposed collaboration with select countries under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is set to roll, with parleys between the state and some of the regions having entered the final phase.
Hrishikesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer of the Government-run infotech parks in Kerala, who is leading the Kerala IT delegation to GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, said that the move to devise a new strategy to support our companies spread their footprint in the Middle East countries more effectively was initiated by M Sivasankar, IT Secretary, during his visit to GITEX last year. “Ever since, we have been working closely with various governments in the region, in association with the Group of Technology Companies (GTech) the industry body of IT companies in the state”, Nair added.
“Information Technology is one of the areas in which the Kerala government proposed a collaboration when the ruler of Sharjah who visited the state last month. Meetings with representatives of the UAE and Bahrain on the sidelines of GITEX were also useful. A delegation will visit Bahrain towards the end of the year, to fortify this”, he said.
“Emerging Smart Cities and wider adaption of e-Governance and m-Governance in GCC countries are opportunities for us. Kerala’s technology readiness, proximity, connectivity and cost competitiveness are factors that will work in our favour.” Rafeek K Mohammed, Convener of the Business Focus Group of GTech, said.
As many as 20 companies from different parts of the state are part of the Kerala Infotech delegation to GITEX, the largest technology expo in the region. Big Data and Analytics, IoT, Mobility, Machine Learning and the like were some of the focus points for the team visiting the expo. The delegation was the 14th in a series of 20 planned over five years, as a part of Global IT Connect, the flagship initiative that showcases the IT companies on global markets.