NASSCOM announces its Regional Council for Kerala

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Trivandrum: With Kerala poised to become the next innovation and business hub in the IT landscape of India, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today announced the setting up of its Regional Council (RC) in Kerala, its fifth in the country..

The Kerala NASSCOM RC was launched by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy today at Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Shri P K Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries & IT; Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM, and V K Mathews, Chairman, NASSCOM RC, Kerala.

nas-cmIn his inaugural address, the Chief Minister expressed all the support of the government to the IT industry and also promised to look into any policy changes, if required, to boost the growth of the IT sector in Kerala.

In his presidential address, the IT Minister stressed on the need to extent the STPI benefits to tier-2 cities, which would Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode more attractive for big IT companies to set up centres there.

The idea behind setting up a Regional Council in Kerala is to further enable the growth of IT-BPM companies located in the region and establish Kerala as a hub for R&D, innovation and professional services in India. Through this initiative NASSCOM will work with the State government to shape policy in all key areas of activities such as skill development, trade and business services and further provide platforms for members and other stakeholders to interact, network and grow.

Expressing his views, Som Mittal said, “Innovation, high literacy rate, excellent connectivity and the absence of an urban-rural differentiation has helped Kerala transform its image, and emerge as a leading IT-BPM destination in India. The industry, NASSCOM and the government will together work towards expanding Kerala’s pool of relevant and skilled talent and harness the benefits of ICT to drive inclusive and balanced growth in the state.”

In his theme address, V K Mathews said, “With NASSCOM setting up its Regional Council here, there will be more focused effort to facilitate growth and maintain Kerala’s leadership position as a trusted and safe place to do business. This will provide IT companies with an opportunity to showcase their core competencies to the rest of the country and the world, which will be critical for attracting IT investments in times to come.”

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