Thiruvananthapuram: In a major milestone for the technology industry of Kerala and the country, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated Nissan Digital Hub here on Monday.
The auto major's entry into the IT ecosystem has rendered visible signs of enthusiasm in the industry as a whole as leading IT and real-estate names like Tech Mahindra, Fujitsu and Boston-based Taurus Investment Holdings have also announced their presence in the State.
K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism; Shashi Tharoor MP and Kenji Hiramatsu Japanese Ambassador to India were the guests of honour at the glittering event which was held at the premises of Yamuna building, Technopark Phase III.
“We are gearing to become the first fully digitized State in the country. Kerala is becoming the nerve centre of digital innovations with the entry of Nissan. It is a pointer to Kerala’s becoming the next destination for global companies. This move also paves the way for our startups to brainstorm and collaborate,” the Chief Minister said. He assured techies from other parts of the country who came to the State capital that they would find their stay most pleasant. Vijayan also said that the electric mobility policy of the State government could turn out be a mutually beneficial project for Nissan and Kerala.
"This is a major step for Nissan. The hub will serve as an important technology engine. We are leading a revolution of creativity in the automobile sector. This place will develop Nissan's software solutions. What we create here would serve our global customer base," said Tony Thomas, CIO, Nissan Motor Corporation.
Since the start of operations in July, Nissan Digital has grown from 300 to 500 in staff strength. The venture is speculated to encourage global companies to create more jobs in the State and to move here. The new office is just a preview compared to what is to come up in Technocity. He requested the State government to ensure deployable talent and skill pool, good social infrastructure and leisure prospects for the employees to boost investor confidence in Kerala. The Nissan facility was set up in just 60 days.
"The vote of confidence of the Japanese on Technopark is confirmation of its potential. Towns like Trivandrum are the true future of the company. We all, despite our political differences, share a non partisan view that such moves are imperative for the progress of the State. The arrival of Nissan augments the future of the IT ecosystem," said Tharoor.
Kenji Hiramatsu expressed his sadness at the suffering of the people during the flood. Japan has invested about 10 billion dollars and is one of the largest foreign investors in India. "Japan is strong in hardware and India is strong in software. There is a very plausible synergy. I discussed investment possibilities with the Chief Minister when we met last year. The inauguration of Nippon’s plant day after tomorrow in Kochi is yet another step," said Hiramatsu.
The dignitaries also painted the second eye of the Daruma doll which, according to Japanese belief, brings good luck. The first eye of the doll was painted during the signing of the project’s MoU in March this year.