THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The collaboration between Kerala and select countries under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is all set to kick-off, with discussions with some regions entering the final phase.
The announcement was made by Hrishikesh Nair, chief executive officer of the government-run IT parks in Kerala, during the visit of the Kerala IT delegation at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai.
"The move to devise a new strategy to support our companies spread their footprint in the Middle East countries more effectively was initiated by IT secretary M Sivasankar 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", said Nair.
"Information technology was one of the areas in which our government proposed collaboration when the ruler of Sharjah visited the state last month. Meetings with representatives of UAE and Bahrain alongside GITEX were also useful. A small delegation will visit Bahrain towards the end of the year, to fortify this", he added.
"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," said Rafeek K Mohammed, convener of the Business Focus Group of GTech.
Twenty companies from different parts of the state were part of the Kerala IT delegation, which is the largest technology expo in the region.
Big Data and Analytics, IOT, Mobility, Machine learning etc. were some of the focus points. The delegation was the fourteenth in a series of twenty delegations planned over five years, as a part of Global IT Connect, the flagship initiative that showcases the IT companies on global markets.