Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 28 (PTI) A high profile Global summit of top business leaders of the knowledge industry will be held in Kochi on March 22 and 23 next year, with the objective of expanding and developing IT brand of Kerala.

Releasing the logo of the event, titled ‘#FUTURE”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said nearly 2,000 professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians and other stakeholders from across the world are expected to participate at the meet.

“One of the main objectives is to promote the IT brand of the state”, he said, adding that Kerala has already come to the world’s attention as the most suitable place for IT development.

The event would discuss emerging trends, ground realities and the way forward to position Kerala as a hub for digital innovation and investment, he added.

The chief Minister said the IT industry’s potential to transform the socio-economic landscape of the state was huge.

It was for this reason that a high power IT Committee was constituted to act as an advisor to the Government, he said.

The event in Kochi would be an industry initiative supported by the government, he said.

It would not only help project the actual potential Kerala offers in view of Government initiatives like Fibre Optic Network, Public WIFI and Skill Development programme, but also help get inputs on how to leverage these investments for the sector’s effective growth and creation of employment,he said.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for Kerala based IT companies,start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals to understand directly from some of the brightest minds in the world about emerging trends in the digital space and what the future holds for them,” S D Shibulal, Chairman of High Power IT Committee of the state and founder member of Infosys, said.

The event is envisaged to be a bi-yearly event that will create and nurture a network of digital achievers and inspire them to participate in the digital ambitions of the state, he said.

It will showcase the digital achievements of Kerala and promote it’s potential as a consumption ready digital market place.

A direct outcome of the event will be the formation of a ‘Digital Achievers Network of Kerala Origin’, members of which will, on a collective and individual basis, become the brand ambassadors of Kerala.

This network will also serve as a platform for championing the cause of Kerala to become a hub for the knowledge industry.

The overall theme, ‘towards a digital future’, has been carefully chosen as it is currently an important point of conversation in businesses in India and globally, V K Mathews, convener of the event and a member of the HPIC, said.

Chief Secretary K M Abraham said that with more than 30 million people who are connected and consumption ready, Kerala presents a phenomenal business ecosystem for digital players.

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