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The Chief Minister , N. Chandrababu Naidu, and Mubarak bin Fahad, Director-General, Dubai World Trade Centre, releasing the brochure for Gitex Hyderabad 2004 in Hyderabad on Wednesday. - Photo: Mohd.Yousuf
GITEX Hyderabad was launched in 2002 to serve the huge Indian market and has over the last couple of years become a well-known business platform for companies to display the latest technologies and launch new products and services. The first edition attracted over 45 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors and the response improved substantially in 2003 with 70 exhibitors taking part.
At a press conference held here today to announce the mega event, the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, said the concerted efforts made by his Government to promote information technology had begun yielding results with software exports from the State increasing from Rs. 60 crores in 1995 to Rs. 3,668 crores in 2002-03.
Hyderabad, he said, had emerged as a preferred destination for IT, IT-enabled services and business process outsourcing (BPO). In fact, it was on the threshold of becoming a Knowledge City to which the latest addition would be IMG Media.
Mr. Naidu announced plans to establish a technology demonstration centre in Hyderabad by the A. P. Technology Services and GITEX. It would be housed in heritage building behind the Secretariat complex which is now occupied by APTRANSCO.
The Director-General, Dubai World Trade Centre, Mubarak bin Fahad, said GITEX was DWTC's most successful exhibition brand. Apart from Hyderabad, GITEX events were being held in Dubai, Riyadh, Cairo and Beirut. He described Hyderabad as the land of e-opportunities.
The Regional Director of NASSCOM, S. V. Ramachandran, said a two-day conference would be organised by the Association alongside the exhibition on e-Governance, ITES and emerging opportunities. The CEO of AP First, Randeep Sudan, and the President of HYSEA, Shakti Sagar, spoke.
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