Trivandrum: In the first ever collective attempt by the Kerala IT companies to enter the Australian IT market, seven companies from Kerala have bagged deals from Australia, creating at least 200 new IT job opportunities here.
The deals were inked during a visit of a delegation of IT companies to Australia, organised by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of Kerala IT & ITES companies, with the support of the Government of Kerala and Technopark, Trivandrum. GTech plans to make this an ongoing initiative which will be named ‘Global Connect Initiative’.
According to a release from GTech, another 30 deals are expected to come through and create more jobs in the next one year. A few Australian companies have also expressed interest to set up operations in the government IT parks in Kerala.
The delegation led by P H Kurian, Principal Secretary – IT, GoK had K G Girish Babu, CEO of Technopark, Trivandrum and CEOs of 17 small and medium size IT companies from Technopark and Infopark, Kochi. They had over 100 B2B meetings with companies in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast. The team was also the single largest contingent at CeBIT Australia, the largest technology expo in the region, this year.
“Australia is a promising market for Kerala companies. We also believe that showcasing the successful young entrepreneurs of the State to the rest of the world will be the best possible method to market our IT parks to potential investors. Global Connect Initiative would be a significant step in those fronts”, said Anoop P Ambika, Secretary, GTech.
“Some of the international markets work slow, the reason why we should make sustained efforts to yield results. Repeat visits to the regions like Australia and G2G interactions would help optimise results. A five year plan for delegations would be the key”, said Binu Jacob, Convener, GTech Global Connect Initiative.
Technopark is all set to sign a contract with the incubation centre at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, by which Kerala companies will get space at the centre for six months, free of cost. The delegation also initiated talks with the R&D unit of Monash University in Melbourne for collaboration.
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