In what would cheer up the Valley IT professions, the Information and Communications Technology Association of J&K (ICTA), a guild of IT professionals, will participate in a mega IT show at Mumbai next month. Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) will organise the event.
The office bearers of the council held deliberations in this connection with ICTA members at a meeting here on Saturday.
The council volunteered to guide and support the ICTA to enable it to compete with the global competitors.
Chairman, ICTA, Mehraj Gulzar, giving details of the meeting to Greater Kashmir, said: “It was an exclusive interactive meet between the council and the ICTA. We have decided that our members will take part in various global export promotion activities being conducted by the council.”
He said many of the ICTA members will be launching innovative IT products at the India IT show.
“The show will receive over 365 buyers from across the globe. The event will help give immense business visibility to the state and thus enhance the J&K exports of Software & Services,” Gulzar said.
Pertinently, the buyers to the show are coming from countries like the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Algeria, Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D Ivoire, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UK, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.
“Our association with ESC is aimed to create an enabling export environment for growth and development of the IT sector in J&K as a whole which in the long run would provide a sustained export growth opportunity,” he added.
Veer Sagar, Regional Chairman (North), ESC said the participation by J&K IT companies would help them project the state on the global IT map.
“ESC is committed to assist the ICT companies from the state in their efforts to diversify globally,” he said.
D K Sareen, Executive Director, ESC said given the improving investment climate in J&K, there “is possibility of investment in its IT sector.”
“With conducive weather, dust-free environment and availability of skilled human resource in the state, the IT investment in J&K can be a win-win situation and lead to sustainable generation of employment.”
He said: “The Central Government should consider imparting special skills for the qualified people to make them employable in the IT units and consider giving special incentives to the industry investing in a big way in Information Technology in Jammu and Kashmir.”


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