The Gujarat government aims to position the state as a leader in information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITeS) with the aid of its new plan, the IT/ITeS Policy 2022-27. This strategy’s primary objectives are to create a highly skilled workforce, an excellent IT infrastructure, and an environment that is receptive to new technology.
They aim to create over a lakh new jobs and increase IT/ITeS exports to Rs 25,000 crore in the next five years. This indicates Gujarat’s intention to grow, foster innovation, and boost the state’s IT industry’s earnings.
Gujarat currently has over 5,000 IT companies, both big and small, with the majority of them based in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, and Surat. These cities have been growing by 14% every year in exporting IT/IT services, which shows that Gujarat is a good place for these businesses to grow.
In the fiscal year 2021-22, Rs 5,000 crores worth of software exports were achieved by Gujarat, leveraging the infrastructure and support provided by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) registered units.
The IT industry in India has been continuously bolstering its digital capabilities by embracing cutting-edge technologies, particularly focusing on AI (Artificial Intelligence), Cybersecurity, and IoT (Internet of Things). Gujarat’s IT/ITeS Policy aligns with this national trajectory, aiming to position the state as a frontrunner in the adoption and deployment of such transformative technologies.
These engagements have resulted in fruitful discussions and collaborations with international players such as Thompson Computing and Partex NV from France, Trendmicro from Japan, INQ Innovation Global from Australia, and a host of US-based companies like Beacon, Orgenetics, Precision Plastics Packaging Co, Bitscape, Innovation, Ongoing, Careniva Inc, Corent Technology Inc, Techie- Patient Xpress, Insight Examination Services Inc, ATGC Group Inc, Rubrik, and Mexedia Net+ from Italy.
By leveraging these global connections and fostering collaborations, Gujarat aims to not only expand its technological prowess but also bolster its global footprint, positioning itself as a preferred destination for IT/ITeS companies seeking growth, innovation, and strategic partnerships.
The IT/ITeS Policy 2022-27 serves as a testament to Gujarat’s commitment to steering the state towards a digitally empowered future, driving economic growth, and creating a thriving ecosystem for technological innovation and development.