Cisco keen to partner India on smart cities, industrial corridor projects

Global networking solutions company Cisco Systems is looking to partner India in setting up smart cities and industrial corridors, its CEO and chairman, John Chambers, said in his meeting with department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant on Friday.

Chambers emphasised that consistent tax policies and market access would enable growth of the manufacturing sector in India as well as help the company increase its presence in the country.

The company also discussed various hurdles faced by it in India as well as its experience in developing smart cities. After the meeting, Chambers said that the company appreciated the way the new government was moving, mainly in areas such as digitisation, bringing benefits of Internet to all citizens, healthcare, education and job creation.

“India has a very bright and prosperous future. We are open to the key goals of the government. Electronic manufacturing is something we could take a hard look at. We laid electronic manufacturing in China 15 years ago and brought the concept of electronic manufacturing and outsourcing in China,” Chambers said.

During the meeting, Cisco said it was very bullish about India’s growth prospects and was willing to redouble its efforts to increase its presence in the country.

“The company also wants to partner India in setting up smart cities. According to them, the company is involved in smart cities that are successful in the world,” said an official.

The ruling BJP envisaged development of 100 smart cities in its election manifesto. Cisco is already involved in information and communications technology related matters for smart cities proposed under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project. India has proposed smart cities with modern infrastructure under this project.

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