Kerala IT exports up by 50 per cent

Kerala’s IT exports grew by nearly 50 per cent in 2011-12, as compared to the previous year. But the Rs 3,618 crore worth software it exported during the fiscal accounted for just one per cent of the national export volume.

The biggest jump came from Kochi Infopark (SEZ) which showed Rs 851 crore-worth exports in 2011-12, nearly Rs 280 crore up from the previous year, mainly due to about 25 new units that set up shop in the government-run park in the last one year.

Infosys, Thiruvananthapuram, has registered over 100 percent export growth – from Rs 200.62 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 425.28 crore in 2011-12 – and remains the single largest exporter from Kerala.

The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Thiruvananthapuram, which has about 200 units under it, showed a slight decline in export volume. From, Rs 2,071 crore in 2010-11, its exports came down to Rs 1,982 crore in 2011-12.

Exports of IBS, Thiruvananthapuram, also functioning under SEZ, showed a marginal decline – from Rs 49.3 crore to Rs.45.08 crore in the corresponding period.

When contacted, Gigo Joseph, CEO, Infopark here, said Kochi was making its mark as a major IT destination and the sharp increase in the export volume was an indication of its growing status.

With the second phase of Infopark on and SmartCity completing its first phase in 18 months, the city is expected to be the leader in the state in IT exports in about 2 years.

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