H.E. Patrick Suckling, High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, New Delhi and Mr David Holly, Consul General in South India, Australian Consulate General and Mr Roshen Paul, Australian Trade Office, visited Technopark on 15/04/2013(Monday) and held discussions with Mr P H Kurian, IAS, Principal Secretary (IT), Govt of Kerala, Mr K G Girish Babu, CEO and Mr M Vasudevan, Senior Manager (Business Development). Mr Anoop Ambika, Secretary, G-Tech and Mr Ranjith, CEO, G-Tech, Mr Binu Jacob, CEO, Experion, Mr Syed Ibrahim, CEO, Palnar, Mr Vijay Kumar, Vice President, Aptara, Mr Leon Mohanraj, CEO, Arackal Solutions, Mr Arun Raj, Mr Rajesh Mathachan, and other CEOs of companies.
Mr P H Kurian welcomed the guests and spoke about the opportunities that are available for Australian IT Companies to invest in Kerala and requested the High Commissioner to examine possibilities of trade tie-ups between Australian and Kerala based IT Companies. He also wanted support for the Kerala IT Team which is planning to participate in CeBIT Australia in the month of May 2013. He said the Govt is very keen to promote IT/ITeS industry and we have nearly 50,000 engineering graduates from Kerala coming out of colleges and another 20,000 Engineers from neighbouring states.
Mr K G Girish Babu made a detailed presentation on the opportunities available in Kerala for Australian companies. He said that Technopark currently hosts around 300 companies and 42,000 professionals and is today one of the largest IT Parks in the country.
The High Commissioner said he has been a frequent visitor to Kerala and has been fascinated with its rich natural beauty and he will be most pleased to have more business relations between Kerala and Australia and said he will extend all support to the Kerala IT team visiting Australia next month. He also said Australia is trying to forge strong business relationship with India and he is amazed to see the type of developments that have taken place in Technopark over the last few years.
Mr David Holly explained that most of the Australian Regions have trade offices in India and he will extend all support to the Kerala IT Team.
Mr Binu Jacob, proposed vote of thanks and explained that Kerala IT is focused on Australia because many of our companies fall under SME category who are into high technology areas similar to Australian companies and can work together for the Australian and world market.
Mr M Vasudevan took the High Commissioner and the Dy High Commissioner for a quick campus tour.