Kerala and State of Victoria to enhance cooperation in IT

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Trivandrum: The States of Victoria in Australia and Kerala are all set to intensify and strengthen cooperation on various fronts. As a part of strengthening the ties, the Victorian Government would lead a high power delegation to Kerala in February 2014. This would be the first time a Victorian delegation visits the State.

The announcement was made by Howard Ronaldson, Secretary of the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, State of Victoria, at a business session organized by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of software companies in Kerala, earlier this week in Thiruvananthapuram,

“We are looking forward to a time when we can investigate the possibility of a concrete State to State agreement with the Kerala Government that will assist in the two way flow of goods, services, people, ideas, capital and culture”, said Howard. Information Technology, Education and Sports would be the key areas where the States would work together.

“We hope to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Government early next year. This would put on the fast track the various engagements we have initiated between the two States”, said P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary, Industry & IT, Government of Kerala.

“The cooperation between the two States is a win-win situation for both sides. While companies in Victoria will benefit from the quality of talent and innovative solutions on offer, SME companies in Kerala can widen its business foot print within Australia”, said V K Mathews, Chairman, GTech.

The visit of the Howard follows the visit of Kerala IT delegation led by GTech to various Australian States early this year. During the two day visit, the Victorian team would meet with senior bureaucrats in the State to discuss the road map for cooperation.

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