After Australia Kerala IT Cos explore opportunities in New Zealand


Trivandrum: Kerala IT is all set to expand its footprint in the Oceania region with several of its companies initiating talks for joint-ventures or partnerships with companies in New Zealand, a region unexplored by the State thus far.

The deals, which have the potential to create hundreds of new job opportunities in the State, were discussed during the visit of a delegation of Kerala IT companies to New Zealand, organised by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of Kerala IT/ITeS companies, with the support of the Government of Kerala. The delegation comprising CEOs of 13 small and medium sized IT companies and Government officials had B2B meetings in Wellington and Auckland, facilitated by India-New Zealand Business Council (INZBC).

Sunil Kaushal, Chairman of INZBC said, “Though we have seen a few National level delegations from India, this was the first time we hosted a State level delegation. Kerala, with its strong capabilities in IT, would for sure help the small and medium companies in New Zealand go global. The domain companies see the alliance as an opportunity to scale up.”

Binu Jacob, Convenor, Global IT Connect said, “New Zealand has a strong SME base which would easily synergise with the SME IT clusters in Kerala. The technology requirements are not vastly different from that in Australia; the reason anyone who does a reasonable amount of business in Australia should attempt the New Zealand market as well.”

The delegation also visited, for the second year in a row, Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. The delegation presented before the Victorian Government a model by which Australian companies would be assisted in setting up Off-shore centres in Kerala.

“Australian companies looking to off-shore their non-core business processes in technology space will be supported by GTech. This will enable Kerala attract foreign companies to establish development centres in the State”, said Anoop Ambika, Secretary, GTech.

The visit was the fifth of its kind in a five year series of twenty delegations planned as part of the Global IT Connect, the flagship programme which supports Kerala based IT companies expand their service base.

The delegation also visited research organisations like National ICT Australia (NICTA) in Sydney, Unitec in Auckland and an incubation facility under the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

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