Industry and Trade, IT, Skills Development and Training Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy spoke to senior Amazon Web Services (AWS) executives on Thursday in a meeting virtual on a partnership that the government of Andhra Pradesh has sought to forge for skills and the promotion of entrepreneurship and digital governance in the state.
AWS has already given a “Vision for AP” in line with its commitments to invest in start-ups and skills initiatives in India and to align with the Digital India program.
The likely next steps in this journey that the state government and AWS have embarked on are the signing of a memorandum of understanding with a time-bound plan of action and the formation of a steering committee to boost accountability, according to an official statement. Addressing attendees, Reddy said the state government is already working with Amazon to empower women entrepreneurs through the ‘Amazon Saheli’ program, which aimed to support women engaged in crafts. and the manufacture of toys and other products. He said the government is making efforts to bring back a large number of Telugu people employed in the IT field, in order to strengthen the sector in the state.
As part of the partnership, Amazon had offered to create a center of excellence out of the 30 skills development centers offered in the state. The AWS would also help the government to bring the administration to the people’s doorstep.
Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. Rahul Sharma said his company is keen to bring about revolutionary changes in education, agriculture, healthcare and energy. Secretary (ITE & C) Y. Bhanuprakash, AP Technology Services MD Mr. Nanda Kishore, Advisors Srinath Devireddy, J. Vidyasagar Reddy and T. Lokeshwar Reddy, AISPL Head (States & Local Government) Ajay Kaul, and AWS GM (Public Policy) Yolynd Lobo participated.