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Friday May 24, 2024
Front Row:
India Moving Up The Food Chain
Vol: 1 Num: 1    Winter 2006
India is moving up the food-chain as Bill Gates, John Chambers and Craig Barrett go to New Delhi to announce billion dollars expansion plans

Indian technology industry has been hot for US businesses for quite some time. Outsourcing to India, setting up operations there and tying with Indian service providers are not only competitive advantages but for many US businesses a strategy for survival.

Still, the recent quick series of announcements of big investment by major US corporations and venture capitalists portends that even bigger and better things are going to come. Since October, six major US companies have announced various investment plans totaling well over $8.8 billion. Wall Street Journal is also reporting that venture capitalists too have increased their direct investment in India.

Many top executives of big US corporations have recently gone to India to meet with Indian leaders and to announce far reaching investment plans.

While announcing a $1.7 billion plan in New Delhi, Bill Gates of Microsoft said, “We are keen to increase the growth of Microsoft activities in India”.

Craig Barrett, the Chairman of Intel Corporation said in New Delhi while unveiling his company’s $1 billion plan, “this demonstrates Intel’s long-term commitment and builds on the foundation we have created during our 10 years in India”. 

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, discussed Cisco’s $1.1 billion investment plans with PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Indian economy has been growing  7% or so for the past couple of years. The growth projected for current fiscal year is more than 7%. Despite such growth, Wall Street Journal reports that foreign direct investment into India is less than 10% of that in China. That is why the expansion plans of major US companies are making Indian political and business leaders very happy.

Success of outsourcing to India is definitely making its high-sector ripe for investment. Gartner Inc., forecasts that within four years the annual technology spending by Indian companies would top $43 billion, representing an annual technology spending growth of over 20%, much higher than 4.5% expected worldwide. §

is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Mood Indico magazine, a niche publication for the affluent South Asians living in the north America


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