Alibaba Cloud Inks Pact With AP Government

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud services arm of the Alibaba Group, has signed a deal with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to offer cloud computing solutions to the state government.

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 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.

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.

J. 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 group is likely to extend co-operation in Real Time Governance functions such as Traffic Management, Cyber Surveillance, Disaster Management, Sustainable Farming, among others.

Mr. 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.”

Alibaba Cloud’s crowd-intelligence platform, Tianchi has attracted over 200,000 developers from 91 countries and regions in disciplines ranging from data mining and artificial intelligence to machine learning and operational research to solve real-world issues facing society at large.

Further, the MoU would unlock synergies between the Tianchi program and startup innovation programs undertaken by the Department of IT & Electronics to provide mentorship support and upskill the graduates and engineers in Alibaba Cloud technologies.

Alibaba Cloud has collaborated with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation SdnBhd (MDEC) under the Tianchi Big Data Programme to train 500 individuals and 300 start-up companies to become Alibaba Cloud certified professionals.

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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