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Exim Bank Study highlights Potential for Export of IT Enabled Services from the North Eastern Region of India using 487 CIC’s of Northeast INDIA.

Posted by egovindia on June 23, 2006

Exim Bank Study highlights Potential for Export of IT Enabled Services from the North Eastern Region of India

Exim Bank's latest Occasional Paper "Potential for Export of IT Enabled Services from the North Eastern Region of India" was released at the hands of Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha (Retd.), Governor of Assam and Chairman of North Eastern Council in the presence of Shri Arun Shourie, Union Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region and Chief Ministers of eight North Eastern States, at the 'North-East Business Summit' organized by the Department of Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India, in Mumbai on July 19-20, 2002.The Study highlights that, although a late starter in the field of information technology (IT) development, the States in the North Eastern Region of India have in recent years taken concrete steps to provide thrust to the IT sector. This has its reflection in the IT policies that have been formulated by the States wherein specific measures have been identified to facilitate and promote the development of IT in the region.

Delineating the existing telecommunication and IT infrastructure in the region with focus on three states, viz. Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram, the Study points out that the North Eastern Region offers good scope for development of IT and IT-enabled services due to a number of factors. The Central Government as well as State Governments have offered various schemes and incentives / concessions for industrial development in the region. The Community Information Centres (CIC) programme by the Government constitutes an important measure aimed at IT development in the region. The high level of literacy, large population of English-speaking workforce coupled with the low attrition rates present added advantage. Further, the local people prefer working close to home rather than migrate to other places for better employment opportunities. This assumes significance in light of the fact that one of the greatest threats of IT industry is high attrition rate.

In order to realize their potential, the Study highlights that the State Governments need to play an active role in ensuring that the gains of the information age also reaches the region. Towards overcoming negative perceptions about the region, State Governments need to showcase the potential of the North East through seminars and road shows, with a view to attracting investment from other parts of the country. Active participation of private sector in the development of IT industry, not only of the local entrepreneurs but also from others parts of the country, would need to be facilitated. Adequate infrastructure particularly telecommunication infrastructure also requires attention.

With the strength and potential of the North Eastern Region being in the agro-sector, the basic thrust has to come from agriculture, horticulture and floriculture sectors for overall development of the region. Towards this end, the Study points out that technological development in the area of IT could enhance the development of the agro-sector. IT related applications could be used to handle large number of data, predicting the market and price trends in agro-products thereby giving a better price realisation for the farmers. The database for the agriculture sector can be strengthened to ensure greater availability of estimates and forecasting which will help in the process of planning and policy making. At the same time, IT can bring the region closer to the rest of the world thereby exposing the potential of the region as well as providing access to better cultivation procedures, better land usage techniques, and latest techniques of farming.

The North Eastern Region also presents opportunities for investment due to its proximity to Myanmar, which is the gateway to the ASEAN countries. The region has the potential to emerge as a strategic base for foreign and domestic investors to tap these markets. Further, proximity to the SAARC countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal gives investors in the region the added advantage of international trade with these countries.

For further information, please contact
David Sinate,
Assistant General Manager,
Planning & Research Group,
Export-Import Bank of India,
Centre One Building, Floor 21,
World Trade Centre Complex,
Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005.

 http://www.eximbankindia.com/press020729.html

Telephone: 2185272 Extn. 2307,
Fax: 2180743
E-mail: sinate@eximbankindia.com

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