Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020: K'taka signs 8 MoUs & intentions for collaboration with partner countries


Bengaluru,(UNI) The Government of Karnataka announced eight MoUs and intentions for collaboration with partner countries on various related subjects as part of the Global Innovation Alliances track, at the ongoing Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, here on Friday.

The countries – Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and the USA showed keen interest in partnering with the Government of Karnataka in the areas of skilling, R&D, ecosystem connections, life science and biotechnology, healthcare, aerospace and defense, education, sports economy and automotive.

A dedicated track for Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) sessions has been created at Bengaluru Tech Summit for facilitating international partnerships. Countries will host technology sessions for ecosystem connections, exchange of ideas and people, and deliberations on policy environments.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, and Minister for IT, BT and S&T said, “We are delighted to announce 8 MoUs with our Global Innovation Alliance partner countries. These MoUs will be strategic institution level collaborations to focus on further enhanced skilling, R&D and startup collaboration. This will provide international exposure and ecosystem connects for our entrepreneurs and industries in Karnataka. Our Centres of Excellence will be key enablers in implementing initiatives along the lines of these MoUs, and I am confident we will see many more such meaningful and impactful partnerships in the coming days.”

Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka said: "In the last few years, our Government has worked together with key stakeholders to establish Centres of Excellence in various emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things etc. I am delighted to see that these CoEs are parties to today's MoUs, and will work with Global Innovation Alliance partner countries to learn from each other and collaborate on a long term, sustainable basis. This type of international collaboration is absolutely necessary to solve the challenges that our societies face, and ensure that technology and innovation reach all our citizens."

Mr Marco Esser, Director of The Hague & Partners said: "As The Hague Business Agency we are proud to have developed the digital softlanding program. The MoU between The Hague and Karnataka paved the way for this. We believe that we must continue to offer Indian startups opportunities to explore the European market even in times of COVID-19. Ultimately, this platform will help Indian startups to expand to the Netherlands and successfully integrate into our ecosystem in The Hague."