Hyderabad to Host World IT Congress in 2018

Telangana government and National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) will jointly host the prestigious World Congress on Information Technology ((WCIT) to be held in 2018 here.

Announcing the details of this global event, Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar said the event was being held for the first time in the country. The event will bring together business delegations from amongst the 80 countries. The Congress will also provide the state an ideal audience including global decision makers who would be participating at the event and making relevant trade and investment decisions, he said.

He said that the event would attract a minimum of 2,500 delegates from across the countries and would also help in brand building of Hyderabad city. He said that 2 lakh sq feet exhibition space would be required for exhibiting IT products. He, however, opined that though the infrastructure in Hyderabad was better, it should be improved on par with international standards.

IT minister KT Rama Rao said that WCIT is held every two years and this was the first time that the country was hosting the event and that too in Hyderabad. “A team from Telangana government will visit WCIT-2016 to be held in Brazil next year to study the event,” Rama Rao said.

He also stated that chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and other ministers would personally invite some of the American technology company heads during his likely visit to the US. The state government will hand over a cheque for $ 1 million towards the conduct of the event as required, soon.

“Telangana is a start-up state and it needs all the encouragement and blessings of Nasscom and other industry leaders to take steps that lead to a successful journey. We thank Nasscom for choosing Hyderabad as the venue of the event,’’ the minister said.

Nasscom president Chandrashekhar and vice-president BVR Mohan Reddy earlier held discussions with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on the issue at the Secretariat. On his part, the chief minister assured the Nasscom representatives that by the time the conference was held 4G technology would be made available and Telangana would be surplus in power.

The chief minister also said that shortly 5,000 acres of land would be earmarked for IT Park where there would be couple of helipads besides residential facilities, shopping complexes, lawns etc.

Nasscom is a member of World IT Services Alliance (WITSA). WITSA in its recent board meeting decided to conduct the WCIT 2018 in the country. So far, the WCIT was conducted only twice in Asian countries.


  • Event being held for the first time in India
  • Around 2,500 delegates from IT sector are expected to attend
  • It will help build brand image of Hyderabad
  • WCIT is a business-to-business IT summit
  • Govt to hand over a cheque for $ 1 million towards the conduct of the event soon

Source: The New Indian Express

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