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The govt can press hard for world's largest sovereign Fund- Abu Dhabi Investment Authority- ADIA to be partner for HSR.... Recently ADIA has expressed its interest in many transportation projects in India, including Namma Metro etc....

With support of Yousaf Ali, whose partner is none other than the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Brother of Chairman of ADIA, surely its not an herculan task for pressing Abu Dhabi's support into the project.
 

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The govt can press hard for world's largest sovereign Fund- Abu Dhabi Investment Authority- ADIA to be partner for HSR.... Recently ADIA has expressed its interest in many transportation projects in India, including Namma Metro etc....

With support of Yousaf Ali, whose partner is none other than the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Brother of Chairman of ADIA, surely its not an herculan task for pressing Abu Dhabi's support into the project.
 

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‘Emerging Kerala’ attracts investors from Gulf region
Kerala is set to roll out the red carpet to potential investors from the Gulf in September at one of the biggest investment branding exercises the South Indian state has ever undertaken as part of a major all-round growth drive initiated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, a senior government official said.

The first “Emerging Kerala” investment meet, to be held from September 12 to 14, 2012, in Kochi, will provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to explore, invest and establish their business interests in a state with a pro-active administration and investment-friendly policies, said V. Somasundaram, the state’s additional chief secretary (Industries).

Speaking at an investor meeting hosted by the Indian Business & Professional Council in Dubai, Somasundaram, who was leading a delegation from Kerala to showcase the event to investors across the Gulf, said the state offers unique opportunities in tourism, medicine, healthcare, software, hardware, garments, chemicals and many other growth-oriented sectors. “With a pro-active administration and investment-friendly policies, Emerging Kerala will offer a key gateway to investors to make their mark on the industrial map of Kerala,” he said.

He said the aim of the event was to make Kerala a premier global hub of economic activity through fostering entrepreneurship and industry, which could leverage its inherent strengths.

Kerala has impressive socio-development indicators including high literacy, high life expectancy, low infant mortality, high degree of women empowerment and above all enormous human resource potential.

A series of mega infrastructure projects in the pipeline includes High Speed Rail Corridor connecting north and south Kerala, Kochi Metro Rail, Thiruvananthapuram Mono Rail and Kannur international airport, said Somasundaram.

Sanjay Verma, consul general of India in Dubai, said Kerala, along with most other states, has been playing a significant role in driving India’s exponential growth. “Things are indeed changing for the better for India. Some years ago, nobody would have hazarded even a remote guess that India would achieve such admirable growth,” he said.

Bharat Butaney, president of IBPC, said Emerging Kerala has been undertaken with a mission to transform the industrial and socio-economic scenario of the state boasting one of the highest literacy rates.

He said the main focus of the event was to showcase the myriad investment opportunities by projecting the state as an investment-friendly destination. “With the positive, ‘no red tape’ approach adopted by its dynamic Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Kerala will indeed be an investment haven worthy of serious consideration for progressive investors,” said Butaney.

Siddharth Balachandran, managing director Bumga Group of Companies, and Lalu Samuel, Chairman of Kingston Holdings, both with good investment track records in the state, outlined their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges Kerala has on offer to investors. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, managing director of Kerala state Industrial Development Corporation, outlined the key features of Emerging Kerala and the proactive infrastructure initiatives being undertaken by the government to turn ‘God’s Own Country’ into ‘Investor’s Own Destination.

Sharma said the branding exercise was aimed at stimulating growth through enabling policies and to facilitate an environment for investment.

Easing regulatory procedures for investors will be top on the priority list for the government, he said. The state’s Single Window Clearance system for speeding up approval of industrial projects is going online and growth-inhibiting legislations getting amended.

The government has constituted a state-level committee to look into each new project and approve special facilitation, incentives and concessions. For large and medium scale projects, the State Board is expected to issue clearance within 45 days, speeding up the process considerably, he explained.
 

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Special incentive package to attract investments in Electronics sector
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to provide a special incentive package to promote large-scale manufacturing in the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector. The scheme is called the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS). The main features of M-SIPS are as follows:

i) The scheme provides subsidy for investments in capital expenditure - 20% for investments in SEZs and 25% in non-SEZs. It also provides for reimbursement of CVD / excise for capital equipment for the non-SEZ units. For high technology and high capital investment units like fabs, reimbursement of central taxes and duties is also provided.

ii) The incentives are available for investments made in a project within a period of 10 years from the date of approval.

iii) The incentives are available for 29 category of ESDM products including telecom, IT hardware, consumer electronics, medical electronics, automotive electronics, solar photovoltaic, LEDs, LCDs, strategic electronics, avionics, industrial electronics, nano-electronics, semiconductor chips and chip components, other electronic components and EMS. Units across the value chain starting from raw materials including assembly, testing, packaging and accessories of these categories of products are included. The scheme also provides incentives for relocation of units from abroad.

iv) The scheme is open for three years from notification.

Approvals for incentives not exceeding Rs. 10,000 crores will be granted during the XII Plan period. The projects with incentives of Rs 10,000 crores have potential to create employment for nearly 0.5 million persons.

The policy is expected to create an indigenous manufacturing eco-system for electronics in the country. It will foster the manufacturing of indigenously designed and manufactured chips creating a more cyber secure ecosystem in the country. It will enable India to tap on the great economic potential that this knowledge sector offers. The increased development and manufacturing in the sector will lead to greater economic growth through more manufacturing and consequently greater employment in the sector.

As far as Kerala is concerned, M-SIPS will give the much desired boost to the Electronics Park being planned by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) near Kochi. Electronics is also one of the key sectors being showcased for investments in the forthcoming Emerging Kerala 2012 event.
 

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Arab, Chinese, British, Australian delegations for Emerging Kerala Summit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate 'Emerging Kerala 2012', the flagship global connect programme of the state government to be held at Kochi from Sep 12 to 14, officials on Monday said. The event will be attended by many national and international luminaries.

Emerging Kerala is being organised by the Government of Kerala with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and NASSCOM as partners to the event.

Along with the prime minister, who will be inaugurating the event, many union ministers and international luminaries will be participating in the three-day event, the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) said.

The state-owned KSIDC is the nodal agency for the summit to be held biennially and expected to propel the state's economic development through private-public- participation in various projects that will be show-cased at the event.

KSIDC has by now held road shows and promotional events across India and overseas in the run up to the summit.

In a press release issued here on Monday, KSIDC said that among those expected to attend are an array of union ministers including Culture Minister Kumari Selja, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Also arriving for the programme are foreign dignitaries, including an official delegation from China's Yunnan province led by Zhu Fei, the deputy director general of the department of commerce.

Francoise Cluzeau, senior adviser at the UK-based National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will deliver a keynote address on ensuring quality in healthcare services in Kerala.

Others attending include Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Sam Pitroda, advisor to the prime minister and Kerala's mentor, and Prof. Gita Gopinath, professor of economics at Harvard University besides leading industrialists and top executives of some of India's top companies such as Tata, Infosys, Godrej and Mahindra and Mahindra.

The League of Arab States has resolved to take part in the event and their trade and diplomatic delegations are expected to arrive two days in advance for high-level discussions and dialogue.

Diplomatic delegations from several other countries, including the UK, US, Australia and Singapore, have already visited the state in the run-up to the event and expressed interest in inter-governmental and business partnerships.
 

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PM to inaugurate Emerging Kerala summit 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate 'Emerging Kerala 2012', the flagship global connect programme of the state government to be held at Kochi from Sep 12 to 14, officials Monday said. The event will be attended by many national and international luminaries.

Emerging Kerala is being organised by the Government of Kerala with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and NASSCOM as partners to the event.

Along with the prime minister, who will be inaugurating the event, many union ministers and international luminaries will be participating in the three-day event, the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) said.

The state-owned KSIDC is the nodal agency for the summit to be held biennially and expected to propel the state's economic development through private-public- participation in various projects that will be show-cased at the event.

KSIDC has by now held road shows and promotional events across India and overseas in the run up to the summit.

In a press release issued here Monday, KSIDC said that among those expected to attend are an array of union ministers including Culture Minister Kumari Selja, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Also arriving for the programme are foreign dignitaries, including an official delegation from China's Yunnan province led by Zhu Fei, the deputy director general of the department of commerce.

Francoise Cluzeau, senior adviser at the UK-based National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will deliver a keynote address on ensuring quality in healthcare services in Kerala.

Others attending include Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Sam Pitroda, advisor to the prime minister and Kerala's mentor, and Prof. Gita Gopinath, professor of economics at Harvard University besides leading industrialists and top executives of some of India's top companies such as Tata, Infosys, Godrej and Mahindra and Mahindra.

The League of Arab States has resolved to take part in the event and their trade and diplomatic delegations are expected to arrive two days in advance for high-level discussions and dialogue.

Diplomatic delegations from several other countries, including the UK, US, Australia and Singapore, have already visited the state in the run-up to the event and expressed interest in inter-governmental and business partnerships.
 

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US to open business centers in Kochi,Thiruvananthapuram
The US Consulate in Chennai would open American Business Corners in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram to provide further impetus to the US-Kerala bilateral business relations, said Jennifer A McIntyre, US consul general in Chennai, on Tuesday.

Speaking at the interaction meeting organized by the Indo- American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and the Malabar Chamber of Commerce here, she said the American Business Corners- or ABCs- will be opened in the two cities in September to coincide with the Emerging Kerala Summit. She also announced that the US consulate will participate in the summit and would host a country session on investing in the US. McIntyre said the business centres will act as a resource library to provide basic information on how to invest in the US and would facilitate business linkages between Indian and US firms.

"The centres are collocated with trade groups and businesses in tier II cities outside Chennai. They will also give local businesses contact information to reach our expert commercial services staff," she said.

The first two of these centres were opened by the Foreign Commercial Service under the consulate in Madurai and Coimbatore earlier this year.

Speaking at the function, vice consul Alexis Haftwani said students from India, numbering 1,03,000, made up the second highest international student group in the US after China.

She added that the consulate had processed 2.16 lakh non-immigrant visa applications to the US in the fiscal year 2011.

Malabar Chamber of Commerce president G Anoop Narayanan presided over the function. President of IACC, G C Gopala Pillai, P V Gangadharan and MCC Secretary MPM Mubashir spoke at the function.
 

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Corporates looking forward to Emerging Kerala 2012 in Kochi


Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate—Emerging Kerala 2012—a three-day summit which will be held at Kochi from September 12 to 14.

Emerging Kerala 2012, the flagship global connect programme of the state government, has attracted a host of invitees from within India and around the globe.

Besides ministers from Kerala who are in the Union Cabinet, Union Ministers expected to attend Emerging Kerala 2012 include Kumari Selja, Shri. Anand Sharma, Shri. Kamal Nath, Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, with many others expected to join ahead of the event.

Alongside state and central ministers, dignitaries including senior government officials, corporate leaders, heads of governments, diplomats and foreign trade delegations, heads of financial institutions, leading economists, renowned scholars, business leaders and other eminent personalities are expected to join in as well.

An official delegation from China’s Yunnan Province will be led by Mr.Zhu Fei, the Deputy Director General of the Department of Commerce.

Dr Francoise Cluzeau, Senior Adviser at the UK-based National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will deliver a keynote address on ensuring quality in healthcare services in Kerala. Policy experts and thought leaders including Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India; Dr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Kerala’s Mentor; Prof. Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; leading industrialists and top executives of some of India’s best known companies such as Tata, Infosys, Godrej and Mahindra and Mahindra.

The League of Arab States has resolved to take part in the event and their trade and diplomatic delegations are expected to arrive two days in advance for high-level discussions and dialogue. Diplomatic delegations from several other countries, including the UK, US, Australia and Singapore, have already visited the state in the run-up to the event and expressed interest in inter-governmental and business partnerships.

Emerging Kerala will feature sectoral conferences, policy dialogue sessions, B2B and B2G meets and other networking opportunities.

Participants can register for the Emerging Kerala event through the official website (emergingkerala2012.org).

Spread across three days of the Emerging Kerala summit will be plenary sessions on subjects ranging from a review of the existing Kerala development model to infrastructure growth and financial reforms.

Special sectoral sessions will cover 11 areas that have the potential to become Kerala’s growth engines, including IT and ITES, Knowledge services, Tourism, Healthcare, Energy, Science and Technology, Infrastructure and Financial Services. State departments and government undertakings will unveil new development projects that offer opportunities for partnerships and PPP-mode investments.

These include some of the planned mega infrastructure schemes such as the High Speed Rail Corridor, the Kannur International Airport, the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone and the Kochi Metro.

The summit will have B2B and B2G connects, besides special sessions for Non Resident Keralites and business networking opportunities.

KSIDC, the nodal agency for the event, and trade and industry partners CII and NASSCOM have been organising road shows and promotional events across India and overseas in the run up to the summit.
 

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Kerala Road show in Bangalore to attract IT investors
Kerala, which is aggressively campaigning to lure investments, will hold a road show in Bangalore on July 20 with a focus on IT sector investments as part of its upcoming 'Emerging Kerala-2012 Global Connect' slated for September.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, accompanied by his senior Cabinet colleagues and officials, will lead the road show in the city on July 20, in the run-up to Emerging Kerala-2012 Global Connect to be held from September 12 to 14 in Kochi.

Industries and IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty will meet the captains of trade and industry at a business meet in the morning, while Chandy will lead the second leg of the campaign in the evening by showcasing the states potential and opportunities before leaders of the IT industry, a release issued here today said.

"The major focus of the road show in Bangalore is to unfold the growing possibilities for investment in Kerala, especially in key sectors such as IT and ITES where the state has a huge pool of manpower and expertise," said Alkesh Sharma, Secretary, Industries-IP and Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).
 

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Kerala looks for prospective investors from Karnataka
The Kerala government is trying to attract captains of industry in Karnataka to make the coastal state a preferred investment destination.

"We are willing to go the extra mile to make our state a preferred destination for prospective investors from Karnataka and other states through policy initiatives and infrastructure support," a senior Kerala official said here on Friday.

Outlining policy measures to attract investments in his state at a road show for the 'Emerging Kerala 2012 Global Connect' trade event to be held at Kochi September 12-14, state planning board vice-chairman and former cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar said procedures would be simplified for speedy clearances of investment proposals.

"We want investors to tell us where things can go wrong and delays can occur so that we can correct the procedures and prepare better for the investment summit," Chandrasekhar told representatives of the industry across verticals in manufacturing and services.

The state is focusing on building infrastructure, including power and highways through public private participation (PPP), industry clusters for manufacturing units in large, medium and small-scale segments, knowledge industry for IT services and products, electronics, agro-processing and skill development.

"We are, however, committed to ensure that development would be sustainable and environment-friendly, as we are proud of our unique ecology and will preserve it at any cost," Chandrasekhar asserted.

Kerala Additional Chief Secretary V Somasundaran said a cabinet sub-committee had been set up to approve fast-track projects within 90 days of applying for early implementation and job creation.

"We also have an online single-window agency for entrepreneurs and companies to secure faster clearances in a transparent manner," he noted.

Clarifying that the upcoming event would not be one-off or an agreements' signing exercise, Chandrasekhar said the three-day summit would showcase the state for cross-fertilisation of ideas and business-to-business (B2B) relations.

"We want the summit to be business-led, convince industrialists and entrepreneurs to stay invested and become partners in the all-round development of the state," Chandrasekhar observed.

For attracting investments in the knowledge sector, technology parks are being set up across the state with plug-and-play facilities, two overseas cable landings, data connectivity, low operational costs and a talent pool of young professionals.

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment vice-president VN Rajasekharan Pillai said the state government would invite collaboration in water purification technology and in traditional sectors such as coir, cashew and handloom for value addition through research and development in natural plant products.

"We want pharma firms to identify unique molecules through isolation and purification of these medicinal plants. Such efforts will lead to global-level breakthroughs, at the same time fostering a non-polluting, eco-friendly industry," he said

A cross-section of industry and business leaders and representatives of trade commissions in this tech hub participated in the day-long road show.
 

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Chandy woos IT cos ahead of ‘Emerging Kerala’ event

Thiruvananthapuram, July 22: IT companies looking to invest in the State will have every facility extended to them in the more than 20 existing and planned technology hubs here.

The Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, said this in Bangalore while addressing a road show organised for the ‘Emerging Kerala Global Connect-2012’ event.

NEW IT CENTRES
Mr Chandy held discussions with representatives of companies such as IBM and Dell, technical training specialist NTTF, Taegu Tec India and Jubilant Life Sciences.

He told business leaders that the government has acquired nearly 1,600 acres of land for setting up IT centres.

Aspiring investors would get office space, infrastructure, power, connectivity, highly-skilled manpower, the advantage of low costs and proactive policy initiatives.

The government will also give thrust to basic infrastructure development and manufacturing. Sustainability will be at the core of all new projects and special attention will be given to eco-friendly and non-polluting industries.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SOCIETY
“We want development and conservation to go hand in hand. We need to safeguard the environment for the generations to come”.

Minister for industries and IT Mr P. K. Kunhalikutty said that creating and nurturing small and medium enterprises is vital for achieving faster and more inclusive growth.

The long-term aim is to transform Kerala from a wage-earning society to an entrepreneurial society, he said.

The power of IT is also being leveraged for public good, with e-governance getting top priority, said Mr V. Somasundaran, additional chief secretary, industries and commerce.

All government departments will soon be brought under an online tracking system.

FAST-TRACKING
Viable projects coming up at the event will be fast-tracked for clearances within 90 days. A Cabinet sub-committee has been set up for the purpose.

Mr Alkesh Sharma, Secretary, Industries and Investment Promotion, and managing director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), made a detailed presentation on the event.

The ‘hub and spoke’ model followed by the leading technology parks for expansion means the state will have IT centres spaced along its entire length.

“We are also planning to establish a first-of-its-kind electronic hub for hardware manufacturing activity that will help generate global business,” he added.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/article3669982.ece
 

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Emerging Kerala: State keen on green technologies

Emerging Kerala 2012 Global Connect will reinforce the vision of sustainable development and environment-friendly technologies for long-term development in the state.

Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty said that it will be ensured that industrial and economic development does not come at the expense of environment. The government’s decision to choose non-polluting and eco-friendly industries as engines of growth is a demonstration of this commitment.

Out of the 26 areas that will be showcased to global delegates at Emerging Kerala as offering potential for growth and investment, the core sectors include IT and IT-enabled services, Tourism and Medical Tourism, Health care services, Food and Agro Processing, Knowledge and Education, Green Energy, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.

‘’Balancing environment concerns and developmental needs is one of the biggest challenges for nations across the world. We want to demonstrate that it can be done very successfully,’’ said Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) V Somasundaran.

‘’Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram is home to some of the country’s most innovative businesses, R&D centres and incubators. More importantly, it is one of greenest IT parks in the world - and we intend to replicate this across the state,’’ he said.

‘’We are well aware of our limitations in terms of land and other resources, and this is factored right at the planning stage. For instance, our mega transport projects such as the Kochi Metro, Monorail, High Speed Rail have all been conceived in such a way that the land requirements are kept to the barest minimum,’’ Industries Secretary Alkesh Sharma said.

Emerging Kerala 2012, which is scheduled in Kochi from September 12-14, is expected to present not just investment and business networking opportunities but also help crystallise ideas for long-term growth consistent with the government’s vision for sustainable social and economic advancement, he added. ENS
http://newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/article581502.ece
 

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'Emerging Kerala' road show in Chennai on August 13

Chennai: Kerala will unveil its reform agenda and drive for investments to business leaders and industry captains in Chennai on August 13 in the run up to its global investor meet 'Emerging Kerala' campaign next month.

Minister for industries and IT P K Kunhalikutty will lead the road show in Chennai, where he will invite investors and businesses explore the growing opportunities in Kerala, a press release said.

The first edition of this Global Connect will be held in Kochi from September 12-14.

The event, to be inaugurated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will see dignitaries from within India and abroad gather to review Kerala's socio-economic development models and discuss new ideas, projects and future strategies.

Kerala will also showcase hundreds of new projects and schemes across 26 sectors identified as being key drivers of economic growth. With the thrust of public-private partnership model, especially for infrastructure development, the projects offer investment opportunities ranging from a few lakhs to thousands of crores of Rupees, it said.

"Emerging Kerala is not an isolated exercise. We are backing our call for investment with all-round support, including policy frameworks, incentives and fast-track clearance systems," Mr Kunhalikutty said.

Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation is the no nodal agency for the summit. CII and National Association of Software and Services Companies are industry and trade partners.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/emerging-kerala-road-show-in-chennai-on-august-13-253863
 

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Kerala to lease out land to private IT developers

Chennai: A departure from developer of information technology (IT) infrastructure to lessor model and focus on spreading e-governance activities across the state are going to be the major feature of Kerala government's proposed IT policy to be announced soon, said a top government official.
"Instead of building infrastructure we have decided to let out the land on long lease for infrastructure developers who will build the space needed for IT companies. The government would lease out the land for 90 years at a fixed rate," PH Kurian, principal secretary, Department of IT and Public Works Department, told IANS here Monday.
He was in Chennai as part of the official delegation holding the road show for Kerala's mega investment meet 'Emerging Kerala' slated September 12-14 in Kochi.

According to Kurian, the government has around 600 acres and another 400 acres in public-private development mode.
"Our rate will be much lower than what other states are offering," Kurian added.
The advantage of this policy is that private developers will not only build infrastructure but will also bring in companies.
Kurian said land for commercial space in IT parks would also be leased out similarly for developers to build malls, multiplexes and other amenities.
"The state has been building infrastructure and marketing the space till now. We can do that only up to a certain limit. With the new way, we hope to see more IT investments coming to Kerala," Kurian said.
He said the government would bid out land under the proposed policy for mall and multiplex in Technopark Phase 3.
According to him, the state is targeting multi-national companies (MNC) operating in the advanced technology arena to locate their Indian centres in Kerala.
He said Kerala is not experiencing any slowdown in IT investments.
On the e-governance front, Kurian said that the state would bring three more districts under the e-district project next month and all 14 districts by the end of this fiscal.
Currently, Palakkad and Kannur are the two districts covered under the project where various services are offered online to people.
"Mallapuram, Pathanamthitta and Kottaym districts would be added next month," Kurian said.
According to him, Kerala will also offer services linked to the Aadhaar/Unique Identification Card online.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/kerala-to-lease-out-land-to-private-it-developers/282020-62-126.html
 

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Meet against Emerging Kerala

By Express News Service - KOCHI
15th August 2012 10:22 AM
The People’s Movement Against Emerging Kerala has alleged that the Emerging Kerala 2012 initiative would only herald the degeneration of the state and not usher in the development as it proposes.

The state level meeting of the movement held here accused that the projects proposed under the initiative are not productive in nature and it would loot the natural resources.

“The project aims at handing over the state’s rich resources, including natural resources, to the capitalist forces at a cheap rate,” evaluated the first meeting of body.

Grow Vasu is the chairperson and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy is the general convener of the campaign. The advisory council has K Ajitha, C R Neelakantan, K S Madhusoodanan and Kusumam Joseph as members, and V R Krishna Iyer as patron.

Many social, cultural and political activists attended the meeting which was presided over by P A Pauran. The Emerging Kerala 2012 will be held from 12 to 14 September.

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/article589657.ece
 

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Manmohan to open Emerging Kerala


T. Balakrishnan, Managing Director of INKEL and the High Speed Rail Corridor project, has said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has confirmed that he will inaugurate the Emerging Kerala meet in September in Kochi. A session on heritage preservation, jointly organised by Unesco and the government, would be part of the event, he said on Friday.

He was speaking at an interactive session on the meet, organised by the Kerala Management Association and sponsored by DP World and Petronet LNG Limited here.

Mr. Balakrishnan said Emerging Kerala would be an exposition of Kerala to the world and an opportunity for the State to listen to the world.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/article3788382.ece
 
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