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NASSCOM Hosts Indo- Africa ICT Expo 2015 Spurring Socio-Economic Ally

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Spurring the bilateral relationship of India and Africa to next paradigm, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) along with Telecom Equipment & Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) organized The Indo – Africa ICT Summit 2015 a two-day conference and exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event aimed at building synergy among India & African Countries to showcase innovative products and services and to bring together thought­ leaders across the entire ICT value chain to discuss solutions to regulatory and business issues.

On the side-lines of the event, NASSCOM also launched a report titled, India – Africa: Partners in Growth, aimed at understanding the business relationship between the two regions.

This event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister, Mr. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary Government of Kenya and Mr. Rakesh Garg, Secretary Telecom Government of India. Various senior Government officials and business leaders from India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda & Rwanda attended this event. The event is expected to be attended by over 2000 visitors and 300 conference delegates.

The bilateral trade between Kenya and India amounts to $4.47 billion as of 2013-14, with India’s exports to Kenya at $4.18 billion; The balance of trade is heavily in India’s favour. The focus of the expo was on Kenya and its neighbouring countries – Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia; bringing together 100+ companies from India and Africa at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya.

Talking on the joint summit, Shivendra Singh, Vice President, Global Trade Development, NASSCOM said, “Africa is turning into one of the fastest growing regions in the world, offering huge domestic market potential and growing economically at more than 5% per year. This conference only reiterates the fact that India and Africa are well on their way to collaborate and become the next global leaders in technology.”

Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining, Government of Kenya said, “ICT is set to drive global development in an unprecedented way. The Kenyan government recognizes ICT as one of the key drivers of the economy to transform Kenya into knowledge economy. Indian companies are using Innovation to create world class products that can be used in India and other markets. I am sure this summit will encourage the already strong network between both countries.”

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