Andhra to bolster IT services with Dubai

Thursday, 30 January 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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DUBAI: Andhra Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Internet City (DIC) to bolster cooperation in the field of IT enabled services (ITES).

The MoU was signed by DIC chief executive Omar bin Sulaiman and Randeep Sudan, chief executive officer of the state government's Agency to Promote and Facilitate Investments in Remote Services and Technology (Apfirst).

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was present at the signing ceremony. Naidu had stopped over here on his way back to Hyderabad from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The MoU focuses on business process outsourcing (BPO) and data centres in Hyderabad and DIC. It envisages collaboration in arranging joint surveys and research to determine ways to promote ITES. The two sides will evaluate means of joint marketing in other countries.

The MoU follows discussions held between the Andhra Pradesh government and DIC during Sulaiman's visit to the state to attend the GITEX exhibition, held in Hyderabad January 22-24.

"This is another major step forward for Dubai to collaborate with Andhra Pradesh for deriving mutual benefit in our development as knowledge-based economies," said Sulaiman.

"India and the United Arab Emirates are strong trade partners and the advances in information and communication technologies are creating new opportunities for enhancing our economic relationship."

Dubai and Andhra Pradesh have signed several agreements over the last two years to promote IT, education, tourism and trade.
Source: IANS
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