T. Ramakrishnan

Premier ICT event to focus on innovative strategies

It will see interaction between industry and academia on various issues

Themes such as harnessing latent potential in rural India to be discussed

CHENNAI: Opportunities presented by the economic slowdown for reinventing the country’s information communication technology (ICT) sector and its wider relevance will be among issues to be deliberated upon at ‘Connect 2009,’ which begins on Friday.

Regarded as the country’s premier ICT event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Tamil Nadu Government, ‘Connect 2009’ will focus on innovative strategies to be deployed by the sector for emerging stronger in the changing world order.

It would see interaction between the industry and academia on nurturing intrinsic strengths of ICT. Themes such as harnessing the latent potential in rural India and building the country’s digital infrastructure for competitive positioning will be discussed by policy makers, corporate leaders and specialists.

P.W.C. Davidar, State Information Technology Secretary, said that despite the slowdown, the sector registered a growth rate of 29 per cent in the State last year. This showed that the IT companies had managed to keep their business more or less intact. The event would provide a platform for the companies to share their experiences and knowledge with others.

S. Mahalingam, chairman of ‘Connect 2009,’ said that the event would also discuss how the firms were carrying out efficiency improvement in terms of cost reduction and optimal utilisation of resources, and how best the capabilities of the sector could be leveraged.

Poongothai Aladi Aruna, State Information Technology Minister, describing the IT sector as a multi-faceted industry, said that the sector should not be viewed merely as a job provider, but as one that could make a difference in many fields of activity.

She said that while the State had built up a good presence in areas such as software development, it needed to pay focussed attention to IT-enabled services.

A. Raja, Union Minister of Communications and IT, will inaugurate the two-day even at the Chennai Trade Centre. He will release a report on broadband roadmap for inclusive growth.

On Saturday, Sachin Pilot, Union Minister of State, would participate in the valedictory.