Ericsson to help in India's digital transformation: Swedish PM

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Pune, Feb 14: Swedish telecom major Ericsson would play an important role in digital transformation of India, Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven said today.

Rounding off his two-day visit to India, Lofven applauded the Indian Government's "bold initiatives" to improve business environment through 'Make-In-India" that aims to promote manufacturing in the country. "Ericsson will have an important role to play in India's digital transformation," he said.

Noting that Ericsson had about 22,000 employees at its facilities in India, he said, "I am proud that Ericsson is part of 'Make-In-India'", adding it was a "company of future." Lofven today visited an upcoming expansion facility at Ericsson's Chakan plant near here which, he said, would also serve as an export hub for the company's exports in South East Asia, West Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa regions.

The company plans to manufacture current and future products for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies at this plant. Stating that confidence of Swedish companies in India was growing, the Prime Minister said, "Our commitment and contribution in India will continue to grow. We are here for a long term."

Earlier, Lofven visited another leading Swedish venture -- Tetra Pak -- in the vicinity and said the product would ensure safe transport of food commodities such as milk to remote parts of India. Lofven was accompanied by Swedish Ambassador Herald Sandberg and Fredrika Ornbrant, the country 's Consul General for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. The Swedish PM had yesterday attended the inauguration of 'Make-In-India' Week in Mumbai.


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