NASSCOM leadership summit to kick off tomorrow

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Mumbai, Feb 12 (UNI) Top notch players in the IT sector in India and abroad will thrash the industry growth threadbare during the three-day leadership summit of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), beginning here tomorrow to look for moves ahead to spread into more geographies and more sectors.

Held under the backdrop of the latest strategic outlook of the sector announced on Monday by NASSCOM for 2008, which brimmed with confidence to say that the industry was on the right track to achieve a turnover of nearly 75 billion dollars by 2010, the Summit would hold two pre conference tracks to build the ICT trade in Asia Pacific and to shift sights from the US to Europe, with the looming recessionary trends in the US.

With the inaugural keynote to be delivered by Union Minister for Communications A Raja, the Summit will dwell directly into the issues facing it, with IT doyens spelling out the future course of Action. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Mahindra and Mahindra Vice Chairman and MD Anand Mahindra and IBM Senior Vice President for Global Business Services Ginni Romelty will set the tone by speaking in the session on ''India at 60 Building a knowledge economy for growth''.

Also billed for the inaugural evening are former President A P J Abdul Kalam and Union Commerce Minister Kamalnath, following them would be a CEO panel discussion on challenges ahead for the next five years: Accenture Chief Operating Officer Steve J Rohleder, Satyam Computer Services founder Chairman B Ramalinga Raju and Cisco Services Vice President and Chief Global Officer Wim Elfrink will share the podium.

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