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Alibaba Cloud to support Cloud infrastructure for Andhra Pradesh government

APEDB inks MoU with Alibaba Cloud to adopt cloud-computing frameworks within the state’s governance model in Vijayawada.

This MoU was signed by J Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Office, APEDB and Vivek Gupta, Director – Business Development, Alibaba Cloud India in the presence of Dr. Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India and N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board formed under the Chairmanship of N Chandrababu Naidu promotes sustainable economic growth through trade, investments, partnerships and collaborations. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, provides cloud-computing services to business of all sizes globally. Dr. Alex Li called on N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada and discussed technologies for sustainable farming, integrated traffic management, smart city management, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurship and skill development.

This MoU is a result of ongoing discussion that took place at World Economic Forum 2018, Davos between Mr. Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. APEDB & Alibaba Cloud also recently concluded a multi stakeholder workshop between Alibaba Cloud and key government departments. The MoU envisages leveraging Alibaba’s Cloud and Smart City technologies for sustainable farming, integrated traffic management, smart city management, small and medium enterprises and skill development programs.

  1. Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Office, APEDB commented, “The Government is ensuring that SMEs in Andhra Pradesh are integrated with global value chains. This MoU with Alibaba Cloud helps to foster greater economic growth through tech-empowered SMEs.”

The Alibaba Cloud team has even visited the state’s Real Time Governance Command Control Center at the Secretariat. Dr. Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India, emphasized that Andhra Pradesh is the pioneer in adopting and implementing latest technologies such as Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence etc. in its governance model.

Vivek Gupta, Director – Business Development, Alibaba Cloud India, emphasized that the State of Andhra Pradesh is far ahead in terms of creating conducive environment for technology adoption for businesses. He added, “We would leverage Alibaba Cloud’s Platform to help facilitate Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state to establish online presence, provide global market access and enable the businesses to double their incomes.”

The State has successfully incorporated the cloud technology for real-time reporting of soil testing and weather monitoring through “Sowing Application for farmers combined with a Personalized Village Advisory Dashboard”. It has launched ‘Plantix’, a plant diagnostics app in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) through which crop health can be identified.

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