Would invest 'double, triple' in India: Cisco chief

Noting that political will was the best driver for the digital growth in a country, Cisco's Executive Chairman John Chambers has said that he would invest "double, triple" in India if asked to invest outside the United States.

Cisco System chairman John Chambers and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Cisco headquarters.
Cisco System chairman John Chambers and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Cisco headquarters. Photo courtesy: Facebook/TDP

Speaking at the US-India Technology Summit attended by the leaders from the Indian IT industry, Chambers said," “If you’re going to invest outside the U.S., I would double or triple down on India.”

The tech summit was organised by the US-India Business Council as a part of Annual West Coast Summit series at Menlo Park in California,

Indian IT governance icon Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Digital India and E-literacy campaigner and IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, and a delegation from Andhra Pradesh were among those who participated in the summit.

Promising the audience of a favourable investment scenario in the IT sector under his leadership in Andhra, Naidu invited the companies to set shop in his state.

"I am confident that things are happening with technology, anything is possible… my aim is to grow at a rate of 15 per cent," Naidu said, adding, "I strongly believe that education is very crucial."

Responding the Cisco System's chief observation on India, IT Secretary Sundararajn said, "India is among the most promising growth markets in the world, so naturally anyone wants to be there."

Cisco System chairman John Chambers gives presentation to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Indian IT delegation at Cisco headquarters.
Cisco System chairman John Chambers gives presentation to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Indian IT delegation at Cisco headquarters. Facebook/TDP

​Naidu met Cisco Systems chief Chambers separately at his headquarters. Chambers gave a presentation on how modern communications can connect the world and as an example demonstrated how he conducts meetings from his board room with his executives around the world.

He stated that the world is experiencing disruption brought about by digital innovations and Internet of things. He gave examples as to how rapidly the world was changing. “It took 21 years for Amazon to overtake Walmart, similarly Tesla took 14 years to overtake Ford and General Motors and for us, it took 71/2 years to overtake Tesla,” he said. Tomorrow a challenger might need only 31/2 years to overtake the existing leader, he added.

Chambers said that in the United States today, 20 per cent of the jobs are created by companies which did not exist even a year ago, signifying that the new actors would change the world soon. He said that 95 per cent of business and political leaders have a vision for digitisation but only 25 per cent have a plan which highlights the need to put a workable plan in place.

“There are going to be 500 billion devices worldwide and they all will communicate. That's the world we are going to see soon,” he remarked.

Reflecting on the observations made by Chambers, Naidu said that Andhra Pradesh is at the forefront of integrating technology in governance and that the government is keen on strengthening the ecosystem. “We need to explore the possible areas of collaboration with you," he said. Chambers invited Naidu to his residence for a meeting with 30 CEOs because of his admiration for the Chief Minister.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Silicon Andhra University in Milpitas, California meeting people from Telugu community.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Silicon Andhra University in Milpitas, California meeting people from Telugu community. Photo courtesy: Facebook/TDP

​Naidu also visited the Silicon Andhra University in Milpitas, California and met students studying there. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the programmes taken up by the university were commendable because it aims to protect our language and culture.

"Not just in Andhra Pradesh, every Telugu house in the US should have a computer literate, an entrepreneur and a Kuchipudi dancer," he said.

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Pradeep Rana
Pradeep Rana – Senior Correspondent

Pradeep Rana has worked as a journalist with news ​agencies UNI and PTI, newspapers Indian Express and The Times Of India, and television channel NHK as South Asia Correspondent. He has also worked as Media Analyst at US Embassy, and edited several magazines and a medical handbook.

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