At least 200 new job opportunities are expected to be created in the IT sector of the state with seven companies from Technopark and Infopark bagging deals in Australia. The deals were inked during the visit of a delegation of IT companies to Australia, organised by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech) with the support of the State Government and the Technopark. Another 30 deals are expected to come through and create more jobs in the next one year. “A few Australian companies had also expressed interest in setting up operations in the government IT parks in the state,” GTech said in a statement. The delegation led by IT Principal Secretary P H Kurian and Technopark CEO K G Girish Babu had over 100 business to business meetings with the companies in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast. The team was also the single largest contingent at CeBIT Australia, the largest technology expo in the region, this year. GTech, with the support of the Government of Kerala, plans to make this an ongoing initiative which will be named ‘Global Connect Initiative’. “It is the government’s policy to showcase and promote the home-grown companies at the international stage, thereby promoting business and wealth creation in the state, and the delegation has been a significant step in the direction. The good response we got from the Australian companies and corresponding State Governments would be a catalyst,” Kurian was quoted as saying in the statement. Technopark is also set to sign a contract with the incubation centre at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, which will enable Kerala companies to get free space there for six months. The delegation also initiated talks with the R&D unit of Monash University in Melbourne for collaboration. “The IT parks in the state would act as facilitators for the companies to make a global presence. This will in turn boost the industry in the state, driving innovation and entrepreneurship,” Girish Babu said. The delegation also held discussions with the Department of Trade and Investment, New South Wales, Department of State Development and Innovation, Victoria and Department of Trade and Investment, Queensland. Source: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/200-new-jobs-expected-in-IT/2013/06/10/article1628414.ece
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