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About The Summit

A joint presentation by Department of IT, Government of West Bengal and Governance Today, the ‘GenNext IT summit 2017, Advantage West Bengal’, will bring together Government and IT Industry leaders to discuss ways they can work together to address challenges.

The world is changing and every industry is now driven by technology firms. It has become vital for organizations to reinvent themselves to ensure that they can sustain and progress. GenNext IT summit 2017, Advantage West Bengal will be all about bringing in Digital Revolution and Transformation, and also the opportunities that are available in the state of West Bengal for the IT and industry professionals.

GenNext IT summit 2017, a two-day extravaganza of technology, conferencing, networking, alliances, investments, fun and opportunities all wrapped together will take place on 12-13 May 2017 at Kolkata! - all focused on Digital India, Digital West Bengal. It will present the state as the preferred IT Destination.

Objectives of the Summit

To showcase the core competencies of the State of West Bengal. To create a collaborative and networking platform that will help enable mutually beneficial dialoguesan accesses between the national players, investors, policymakers, industry leaders, IT service providers and leaders in and around the state and all across the country.

To help unleash the true potential of the State in bringing out an IT revolution

Key Session

  • Building ecosystem for GenNext IT transformation
  • Harnessing the growth of the industry sector
  • Promoting Investment, facilitating ease of doing business
  • Good networking opportunities, some exclusive opportunities, focus group round table, networking lunch, gala dinner, IT Parks & Site visit, and lot more

Who to attend

  • Over 200 Delegates
  • Thought leaders and industry leaders from across the country to be a part
  • Senior Government officials from the centre and State
  • IT and ITES professionals: CIOs, CFOs, CTOs, and key decision makers/ Business strategists within organizations
  • Marketing professionals, influencers of enterprise strategies, Industry Influencers
  • Marketing and Financial analysts, strategy and technology analysts
  • Academia

Advantage West Bengal


The state (including Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands) has attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows worth US$ 3.93 billion during the period April 2000 to March 2016, according to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim and Assam and also shares international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, making it a strategic entry point for markets.

India's sixth largest economy, and recorded a gross state domestic product (GSDP) of US$ 140.56 billion in 2015-16.

As of June 2016, West Bengal had a total installed power generation capacity of 9,988.4 megawatt (MW).

West Bengal is one of the largest producers in tea, jute, rice, sugarcane, fruits and is a leading exporter in leather and leather goods. It has abundant natural resources of minerals and suitable agro-climatic conditions for agriculture, horticulture and fisheries.

The cost of operating a business is lower in Kolkata than in other metropolitan cities.

Offers excellent connectivity to the rest of India in terms of railways, roadways, ports and airports.

The natural resources, policy incentives and infrastructure in the state support investments in major sectors including IT, iron and steel, biotechnology, coal, leather, jute products, tea, gems and jewellery. The state has 3,000 acres of land at its disposal to set up industries.

West Bengal stands 11th among Indian states in rankings based on ease of doing business and reforms implementation, according to a study by the World Bank and KPMG.

16 IT parks, 2 electronic manufacturing clusters, Hardware Park.

MSME industries are considered to create maximum employment opportunities for the youth in the state as the sector has maximum elasticity of labour output. Over last five years, there has been an increase in bank credit across the MSME sector, which has led to an increase in the investments as well as employment opportunities.

West Bengal has 12 growth centres for medium and large scale industries, set up by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). There are exclusive growth centres for electronics, software technology and export processing.

Under the Smart City Program, the state government has announced plan to build seven smart cities in West Bengal.