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USA to boost India's electronic sector

Industry leaders will highlight India's interest in hardware trade at a meeting on Tuesday, reports M Rajendran.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 20:10 IST

India will seek support of US Information and Communications Technology (ICT) majors in its efforts to become an electronics and IT hardware manufacturing hub.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Communications and IT will take up this key issue at the business meeting with the US and Indian government officials and industry leaders to be held on Tuesday.

During the discussions at this meeting, the Indian industry leaders will highlight on Electronics and IT hardware manufacturing industry being the priority sector for the Indian government and a key off-shoring business for the US technology industry provides an attractive opportunity for enhancing bilateral trade in the ICT sector.

Deepak Puri, chairman Moser Baer, told Hindustan Times, "We will make our friend from US aware that India can be a manufacturing hub because in this sector even 'unemployable can be employed' and still excel in the hardware. We have excelled in design and conceptualisation the missing block was manufacturing. "

As part of this effort, Puri has requested Communication and IT minister Dayanidhi Maran on behalf of the ICT industry to lead a team to showcase the prowess of Indian manufacturing in ICT on May 15-17 at Santa Calra in US.

The meeting would be part of the Indo-US ICT Working Group set up in December last year during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US.

The working group is co-chaired by the US State Department's Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy Ambassador David Gross and additional secretary M Madhavan Nambiar of the Department of Information Technology from India.

Three industry subgroups focusing on, information technology, telecommunications and media and broadcasting are likely to be set up on Tuesday.

India Manufacturing Foundation president NK Goyalsaid, "It was long overdue and any delay in developing India as a manufacturing hub would be detrimental to its future growth in the ICT sector."

The Chairman of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council ( NMCC), V Krishnamurthy will highlight the potential of India to become a key hub for manufacturing in Asia.

Vikram Tiwathia, chief information officer CII said, "In addition to setting up of the sub-groups, the meeting will also discuss the approaches the governments can take to create a supportive investment and regulatory environment that can maximize the development in the ICT sector."

In addition to the senior government officials the meeting would be attended by senior executives from telecom majors like Qualcomm's, Sean Murphy, Vice President for International Government Affairs, Kathy Brown, Senior VP for Policy Verizon, and from IT industry Joe Joe Aldenhoff, VP and Chief Privacy Officer Oracle, Harriet Pearson, VP and Chief Privacy Officer IBM.

The media and broadcasting industry would have representations from Rick Rossow, Director of Operations, United States India Business Council TimeWarner, Hugh Stephens, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Discovery Communications and others like Sony, Disney and NewsCorp.

First Published: Dec 11, 2006 16:22 IST