Andhra Pradesh shines at World Economic Forum

With the best use of technology in governance and creating a system to get real-time updates, the Andhra Pradesh Lounge at the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been garnering incredible attention at Davos.

The AP Lounge has been attracting several businessmen, investors and intellectuals who are gaining key insights into the how the state has been successful in using technology to ensure last mile connectivity in Andhra Pradesh. 
Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh, who is representing Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Davos, held a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of various global companies on the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Companies including Wipro, Deloitte and Adani Transmission expressed their willingness to to invest in Andhra Pradesh by leveraging technology in various areas including skill development, smart cities and other developmental initiatives.
In the meeting with Rishad Premji who is a Board member of Wipro and Chairman of the NASSCOM, Lokesh invited the industry body to promote medical electronics centre of excellence in Visakhapatnam. Responding to the IT Minister, Rishad Premji said a decision on setting up the medical electronics centre of excellence would be taken soon. 
Tweeting about the AP Medical Technology Zone, cricketer Virender Sehwag said: “Wow ! @APMedTechZone shines at the World Economic Forum 2019 as a wonderful example of Sector Specific Innovation Cluster of global excellence.  AMTZ is truly going to be a huge pride for India.”
In an interaction with Anil Sardana, MD and CEO of Adani Transmission, the minister discussed about the early completion of the data centre and solar project to be developed with Rs. 70,000 crore in and around Visakhapatnam. Anil Sardana is learnt to have expressed interest in the development of a district cooling centre, as a part of connected smart cities projects in Amaravati.
Meanwhile, Lokesh explained about the advantages of investing in AP. He elaborated on the e-governance and innovative programmes introduced by the government in the last four years including Real-Time Governance Society (RTGS), e-Pragati, e-Office, focus on Fintech, Blockchain applications among others. In another meeting, Deloitte’s Global Chairman, David J. Cruickshank, also assured Lokesh of assistance in adopting technology for smart governance.
It is worth noting that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has been invited as a guest of honour to the World Economic Forum at Davos for over 15 times. He holds a special place at the WEF as a global leader who strongly believes that technology in governance can solve India’s problems.


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