Karnataka Digital Economy Mission Office inaugurated to increase contribution of digital economy in state

KDEM office has been inaugurated to increase the contribution of the digital economy to the Gross State Domestic Product.

KDEM office in Karnataka
KDEM office in Karnataka

The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission- KDEM office has been inaugurated with an objective of increasing digital economy contribution to the Gross State Domestic Product to 30%. Along with it, the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ which will facilitate achieving this target was also launched on February 9, 2021.

While speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. CN Ashwatha Narayana stated that the Karnataka government wanted KDEM to be more industry-friendly. He further added that keeping this in mind, it has permitted 51% stakes to industry associations while retaining a minority holding of 49% for itself.

Strengthening digital economy:

For strengthening the digital economy of the state, the government will be focusing on improving the connectivity even to the remote parts, reducing the rural-urban divide, providing 24/7 electricity by establishing the needed infrastructure.

KDEM in Karnataka: Key Highlights

•  It will aim at attracting investments for the IT/ITeS sector in the state and to create 10 lakh jobs by 2025.

•  KDEM will work to achieve the target by focusing on five verticals of IT; services and products; Innovation and Startups; Talent Accelerator; Beyond Bengaluru; Electronic System Design and Manufacturing.

•  KDEM will also help Karnataka in reaching the goal of 150 billion dollars in IT exports and also in becoming a 300 billion dollar economy by 2025.

Current contribution of IT sector in GSDP:

Currently, the contribution of the IT sector to the GSDP is 25% and in this Bengaluru alone accounts for 98%. While keeping this in view and for increasing the contribution of other regions, the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ project has been initiated by the government.

By the time when India will aim at becoming a trillion-dollar economy in the coming 5 years, the contribution made by ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ should be in a position to contribute 10% to Gross State Domestic Product.

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