AP to boost IT image of city


After having faced some flak for failing to arrest the slide in the IT sector owing to political uncertainty, the state government seems to have gone on the offensive to salvage its pride as “the most favoured destination for IT industries” in the country.

The state government will be holding a two-day mega event, `Advantage AP’ on March 1 and 2 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), wherein it will invite prospective investors and well known international personalities from the industry to reaffirm its position as “the most favoured IT destination.”

The event is being organised in association with IT and ITeS Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP), and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

Releasing the `Advantage AP’ brochure, the minister for information, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, said that the industry had been growing steadily and would register a turnover of around `36,000 crore by the end of the current financial year.

“In 2009-10 AP registered a turnover of more than `33,000 crore,” he said. The minister also claimed that more than nine projects were likely to come to Andhra Pradesh by March 31.

The principal secretary (IT), Ms Ratna Prabha, said that the state government was aiming to develop tiertwo cities like Kakinada, Warangal, Nalgonda, Vijayawada etc.

“Special incentives would be offered to move into these cities,” she said. Quoting a news report published in a US newspaper, Ms Ratna Prabha added, “Among the 41 names mentioned in the New York Times, Hyderabad is the only city from India that figures on the list of `must visit’ places.”

Source : DC

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