K Taraka Rama Rao

Minister for IT
Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries and Commerce, Public Enterprises, Mines & Geology and NRI Affairs Government of Telangana

On behalf of the Government of Telangana, I take pleasure in inviting you for Geospatial World Forum 2017, the global confluence highlighting the critical role of geospatial technology in world economy and society.

As the newest state of India, Telangana has the highest level of commitment to development of all spheres of economic activity. The government of Telangana recognises the potential of information technology in ushering the state towards rapid path to progress and is leaving no stone unturned to establish itself firmly as the preferred destination for the IT companies. The Industrial Policy and the Information Technology policy are testimony to this.

The advent of technology is also heralding a new era of governance. In sync with the central government's Digital India programme, the Telangana government has embarked on Digital Telangana programme, with an objective of enabling digital empowerment of citizens, facilitating digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen and providing governance & services on demand. Such initiatives are poised to fuel exponential growth of Internet of Things (IoT) market.

The government of Telangana acknowledges geospatial information as an enabling tool for governments, business enterprises and individuals, and has dedicated mechanisms to ensure availability and uptake of geospatial information. Geospatial information is the core decision support system for the Telangana government.

With this shared outlook, Telangana is the most appropriate venue to host Geospatial World Forum 2017 which will place special emphasis on the exciting possibilities facilitated by the convergence of geospatial with the world of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning making our lives more comfortable, safer and better.

I welcome you to my state, which is also a cultural hub and shopping hotspot, that will delight both national and international delegates. Please join us for Geospatial World Forum 2017 and be a part of this journey into the future.