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In Riyadh, PM Modi visits TCS’ all-women IT centre

He spent around 40 minutes at the centre and even posed for selfies.

By: PTI | Riyadh | Updated: April 4, 2016 12:36:49 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the TCS All Women IT & ITEs Center in Riyadh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday interacted with Saudi women IT professionals at the first-of- its-kind all-women TCS training centre in the heart of the city here and invited them to come to India.

“For the world it is considered to be a main headline news that in Riyadh today I am meeting those IT professionals who I can say today represent the glory of Saudi Arabia,” Modi said while interacting with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) women professionals in Riyadh.

He spent around 40 minutes at the centre and even posed for selfies.

“All of you must come to India, I assure you a very warm reception. The atmosphere I am witnessing here today (Sunday) has the potential to give a strong message to the world,” Modi said.

At the TCS Centre 1,000 women work in BPO Operations, 85 per cent of whom are Saudi nationals.

“In this very competitive world today, if we are to progress then all forces have to progress together and have to move ahead and in it when I say forces, we are talking not only natural resources but also human resources. And in human resources human power plays a very important role, if the capacity of the woman are built and they are linked with the development process, then development of any country is speeded exponentially,” the Prime Minister said.

“I would also like to heartily congratulate TCS that in India they have set up a training centre which trains young men and women, and those trained men and women, go out in the digital world and empower the entire world,” he said.

Modi stressed that in the IT profession, India has made its place in the world.

“I invite all of you to come together to India and you will see for yourself the impact you will make on Indians,” he said.

“I have one suggestion, I have seen that in governance and for transparency, technology has a very big role to play and for me e-governance is easy, economic and effective governance. And I myself try my level best to update myself with technology and if you want any information in real time about India, me and the selfies that you took along with me today, and for all information, please download the Narendra Modi app,” Modi said.

CEO and MD of TCS Chandrasekaran said, “It was an honour to host the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi at our Riyadh centre, where he had an occasion to visit this unique facility and interact with our employees.

“The two countries have always enjoyed a strong partnership and we are happy to promote economic and business ties further through innovation and human talent development in Saudia Arabia,” he said.

TCS established the first all-women Business Process Services (BPS) centre in Riyadh in 2013.

The centre brings a unique business model to Saudi Arabia and serves as a rich training ground for building new capabilities, skills and careers for women in the country.

The TCS all-women centre provides specialised finance and accounting, human resources, materials supply and IT services.

TCS and GE founded the TCS all-women centre as a pioneering initiative in 2013 with 76 per cent and 24 per cent equity in the new venture respectively.

The centre also works with leading Saudi universities and educational institutes to build specialised training
programmes which help drive job creation and employment opportunities for women in the Kingdom.

The TCS centre recently celebrated its second anniversary as well as the milestone of hiring 1,000 highly skilled women.


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