New Delhi: US-based technology giant IBM Corp’s CEO and Chairman Samuel J Palmisano called on Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran on 8 May 2007 to discuss company’s plans in India.
According to official sources, during the meeting Maran also invited IBM to take part in India’s national e-governance initiative.
Elaborating on Palmisano’s sixth visit to India, IBM Asia Pacific Director (External Communications) Amanda Garland said, “India is an important country for IBM. He (Palmisano) met some of company’s existing clients during the visit.”
While Palmisano managed to avoid the waiting media contingent, company officials declined to comment on specific issues.
On the reported talks for providing technology support to Bharti-Walmart proposed retail venture, Garland said, “I am not aware of it.”
She also denied any meeting of the company’s CEO with Reliance officials. According to reports, Reliance Communications is in talks with IBM for outsourcing its IT functions.
IBM had in June 2006 announced an investment of six billion dollar in India over the next three years to set up research facilities and expand its centres here.
It had recently signed a 10 year contract worth $600 (Rs2,500 crore)-800 million with mobile operator Idea Cellular to manage its IT infrastructure and with real estate major DLF. It already has an IT outsourcing agreement with Bharti Televentures.
The US giant employs over 50,000 people in India, its largest employee base outside the US.