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UK-India Tech Alliance launched by Nasscom, TechUK

The NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) and TechUK launched new UK-India Tech Alliance.The leading technology trade bodies of India and UK inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK

The UK-India Tech Alliance

The alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assisting policy development and encouraging innovation and lay groundwork for roadmap which will be jointly presented in June 2018. It will promote growth of skills needed for world where artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity have become major technology growth areas. It will be key partner for government – providing sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that both governments nurture growth in this sector and beyond.

The MoU commits two organisations to exchange knowledge and learn lessons from FutureSkills initiative launched by NASSCOM, explore expansion of FutureSkills platform, work together to strengthen people-to-people (P2P) and business-to-business (B2B) links between India and UK. It calls for exploring wider partnership to develop digital skills in both countries and encourage Indian companies active in UK to deliver digital skills training opportunities as part of cross-sector Digital Skills Partnership convened by UK government.

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates World Information Technology Congress 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated World Information Technology Congress (WITC) 2018 in Hyderabad, Telangana via video conference. The theme of this edition of conference was ‘Future Enterprises.’

It was hosted by Telangana Government, in association with country’s top IT body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and global IT organization World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).

Key Facts

This is for first time India is hosting WITC. It will second time that the event will be taking place in Asia after it was hosted in Kualalumpur, Malaysia in 2008. Around 2500 delegates and top IT honchos from across the world participated in the maga IT event. Representatives from IT industries from around 80 countries took part in the conference. Moreover, at least 20 CEOs from Fortune 500 companies and 100 other top executives attended the conference.

World Information Technology Congress (WITC)

WITC is a biennial event and considered as the biggest event of its kind. It aims provide single platform to IT experts, policy and decision makers and Government officials from all over the world together to discuss various challenges and possible solutions to them. It is unique in its global perspective on ICT issues and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world. It was first held in 1978 since then held after every two years. The 2014 WITC was held in Mexico and had focused on the theme of ‘Digital World’ and 2016 edition was held in Brasilia, Brazil.

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