ICT so­lu­tions for dig­i­tal and smart Gu­jarat

FICCI Business Digest - - In The States -

With the am­bi­tion to work­ing closely with the smart cities ini­tia­tive taken by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, FICCI in part­ner­ship with the De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar with the theme 'ICT So­lu­tions for Dig­i­tal and Smart Gu­jarat' in Ahmed­abad on May 16, 2016. The ob­jec­tive was to pro­mote next gen­er­a­tion ICT ini­tia­tives for smart city de­vel­op­ments. It was or­ga­nized in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­fo­comm In­ter­na­tional (Global ICT As­so­ci­a­tion). The sem­i­nar was ad­dressed by Dhanan­jay Dwivedi, Sec­re­tary, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­part­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat, Prof. Ra­jnikant Pa­tel, Hon­orary Di­rec­tor, Grad­u­ate School of Smart Cities De­vel­op­ment (GSSCD) Gu­jarat Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity, Jonathan Seller, Se­nior Di­rec­tor of De­vel­op­ment (Asia/Pa­cific), In­fo­Comm In­ter­na­tional and Richard Tan, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, In­fo­Comm Asia.

It was fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion on 'Build­ing Dig­i­tal & Smart Gu­jarat - Emerg­ing part­ner­ships and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in ICT'. The pan­elists in­cluded Si­raj Sid­dique, Head – IT, In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment – Ahmed­abad, Jayesh Solanki, Chair­man, Com­puter So­ci­ety of In­dia, Su­nil Shah, Chair­man, Gu­jarat In­no­va­tion So­ci­ety, Kaushik

Pandya, Founder Pres­i­dent, Fed­er­a­tion of IT As­so­ci­a­tion of Gu­jarat, Vivek Ogra, Vice Chair­man and Di­rec­tor, GESIA IT As­so­ci­a­tion, Jonathan Seller and Shi­noj Nair, Gen­eral Man­ager, ICT, GIFT City. With speak­ers con­ven­ing from the gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try, the sem­i­nar brought to­gether pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to fur­ther iden­tify so­lu­tions for mov­ing to­wards a dig­i­tally smarter Gu­jarat.

In his open­ing re­marks Ra­jiv Vas­tu­pal, Chair­man, FICCI Gu­jarat State Coun­cil, men­tioned, “Gu­jarat, as a state has scored very high in sev­eral as­pects -- rise in per capita in­come, in­dus­trial in­vest­ment, un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply to in­dus­try and vil­lages, com­put­er­i­za­tion of elec­tric­ity board, in­vest­ment in ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture, in­creased lit­er­acy ra­tio, wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and uti­liza­tion and oth­ers. Now it is time for the state to take a plunge in to the IT and ITES sec­tor.”

Talk­ing about the ini­tia­tives un­der Dig­i­tal Gu­jarat, Dhanan­jay Dwivedi, Sec­re­tary, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­part­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat, fo­cused on the coun­try's first state-wide griev­ances re­dres­sal sys­tem which has a four-tier struc­ture cov­er­ing for gram, taluka, dis­trict, and state.

The Global Trade As­so­ci­a­tion for ICT in­dus­tries have joined hands with FICCI to cre­ate aware­ness on ICT so­lu­tions and prac­tices that lay the foun­da­tion for In­dia's grow­ing ICT mar­ket, and for its suc­cess in cre­at­ing dig­i­tal­ized and smarter cities. The event was also sup­ported by Com­puter So­ci­ety of In­dia, Ahmed­abad, Fed­er­a­tion of IT As­so­ci­a­tion of Gu­jarat, Gu­jarat In­no­va­tion So­ci­ety and GESIA IT As­so­ci­a­tion.

The sem­i­nar dis­cus­sions re­volved around ICT so­lu­tions and the gov­ern­ment's vi­sion for Dig­i­tal and Smart Gu­jarat; emerg­ing part­ner­ships and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in ICT; and in­creased in­volve­ment of in­dus­try and achiev­ing faster growth.

L to R: Sarika Gulyani, Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor, FICCI; Richard Tan, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, In­fo­Comm Asia; Ra­jiv Vas­tu­pal, Chair­man, FICCI – Gu­jarat State Coun­cil; Dhanan­jay Dwivedi, Sec­re­tary, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­part­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat; Jonathan Seller, Se­nior Di­rec­tor of De­vel­op­ment (Asia/Pa­cific), In­fo­Comm In­ter­na­tional and Prof. Ra­jnikant Pa­tel, Hon­orary Di­rec­tor, Grad­u­ate School of Smart Cities De­vel­op­ment (GSSCD) Gu­jarat Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity.

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