PANAJI: Goa Technology Association president Milind Anvekar, during the recently-held 5th Annual General Body Meeting of GTA; highlighted challenges including shortage of skilled manpower in Goa, lack of infrastructure –mainly lack of co-working spaces and the options for expansion for companies in Goa and Data security concerns – among others.
While welcoming the members, Anvekar emphasised on the current challenges and opportunities for the industry and presented the roadmap for the next 8 months.
The industry challenges include shortage of skilled manpower in Goa, lack of infrastructure –mainly lack of coworking spaces and the options for expansion for companies in Goa, Data security concerns with the data that the companies are asked to submit as part of registration with DoIT and the delay in providing policy benefits to the eligible companies and startups. The president highlighted the growing opportunities in the global market post the pandemic and how some of the companies from Goa are making their mark globally. He also stressed on the role of media in ensuring that Goa and the GoG takes note of this work being done by the IT companies in Goa. The President also announced that the Annual Awards night will be held in November this year followed by International IT summit in the first quarter of next year. Knowledge-based workshops are also lined up for the industry CXO’s, professionals and students, states a press release.
The AGM was attended by its members from IT/ITES companies and Technology startups. After the last two virtual AGMs, members expressed their happiness for being able to meet face to face and network during the physical AGM this year. GTA Secretary, Rohan Warty co-ordinated the proceedings and presented the annual report of the association highlighting the various activities and initiatives of the association. Treasurer, Gajanan Kerkar presented the accounts for the year 2021-22.
During a very active and interactive Q&A session, members expressed their unhappiness over exclusion of the only industry body GTA from the IT Advisory Board constituted by the Govt of Goa. Allotment of Government work to non-Goan companies by-passing the process, was also highlighted during this meeting. Various options to collaborate and share professional services were also discussed during the AGM. Vice-President, Sujeet Shetty proposed the vote of Thanks.