July 2015

Goa Calling…

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They came, they saw and they returned convinced. This precisely is the outcome of the ‘Elets Knowledge Exchange-Goa 2015 Summit‘, which saw a large number of prospective IT investors coming to explore possibilities in the State and the benefits the Government of Goa has to offer them. A re-look at the KE-Goa event

Goa – the tourism destination of India – was witness to a different kind of pageant last month. In its pursuit to transform the State into an IT hub, the Information Technology Department, Government of Goa, in association with Elets Technomedia, organised “Elets Knowledge Exchange-Goa 2015 Summit” on May 22-23, 2015.

Government of Goa, in association with Elets Technomedia, organised “Elets Knowledge Exchange-Goa 2015 Summit” on May 22-23, 2015.

An august gathering of nearly 500 distinguished guests, including top lawmakers, government officials from within and outside Goa, industry captains and other stakeholders from the IT domain, along with a large number of delegates, added grace to the occasion.

The event served well to highlight why present day Goa has an edge over most other states in terms of a peaceful and business-conducive atmosphere and availability of trained man- power. It also turned out to be the right platform for exchange of views and experiences by key stakeholders active in the fields of Governance and Urban Development – with special focus on Smart Cities, Education, Health and BFSI.

The State Government also chose the occa- sion to release its Draft IT Policy, which was unveiled by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar. The Chief Minister recounted the advantages of setting up busi- nesses in the State and the huge incentives his Government intends to offer to those setting up their units there. He went on to add that Goa will be the next IT hub that India will talk about.

Outlining the achievements in the field of IT, Chief Minister Parsekar said Goa has success- fully accomplished broadband connectivity in all village panchayats, schools and other local services. “We have promoted IT in education and students are being provided with tablets and other high-tech devices,” he added.

The event was also graced by the Hon’ble Union Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, who called for making Goa the new type of CIT (Communication Information Technology) industry. The Railway Minister in his valedictory speech called upon the IT sector to make Goa the investment destination of the country. “The State has been known for Tourism, but now it should also be known as an IT hub,” he said. He also added that Goa is the right place to make investments.

Hailing the Draft IT Policy, the Railways Minister appreciated the efforts being made by the Goa Government to promote IT sector, which would create jobs for youth and growth for people of the State in general. “The IT sector needs to grow further to match the global standards. The Indian students and workforce are rated much better than those parts of the world,” Prabhu underlined.

The two-day meet was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Goa Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Francis D’souza, and the Chief Secretary of Goa, Shri R K Srivastava. The Chief Secretary opined that the State has moved past the first phase of IT develop- ment and it is now moving towards the next phase. “The Government has already announced several incentives for the IT sector and it is the time for IT industry to come forward and invest in Goa,” he said, adding that the State will also focus on creation of smart communities along with Smart Cities.

The Principal Secretary – IT, Government of Goa, Shri Arun Goyal, reiterated in his welcome address that Goa is the first State in the country to provide internet to all village panchayats and local bodies.

The Hon’ble Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, graced the award distribution ceremony that recognised various eGovernance initiatives across the country. The conference also dwelt at length on the issues of Financial Inclusion, Smart City and e-Health.

 

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