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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Amazon logs onto Goa’s fashion and Mapusa Market

Seven-member delegation from e-commerce giant meets CM, IT officials and start up captains; wants to partner the Mapusa market to sell its products online; looks at linkages with Goa’s fashion industry

PANJIM: E-commerce giant Amazon expressed its willingness to engage with start-ups in Goa. They also showed keen interest in establishing a B2B relationship with the fashion industry in Goa and Mapusa Municipal Market, which has recently gone online. Even though all steps are at a very nascent stage, they are likely to pick up speed before December.

A seven-member delegation from Amazon, met Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and several well-known start-ups in Goa and senior officials on Friday. The Chief Minister also apprised the delegation what measures they have taken to push and boost the IT industry in the State. Goa in the recent past has also received visits from companies like Google, Lava and even the Chairman of NASSCOM.
Lately, Amazon has taken the e-commerce market very aggressively and is regularly organising road shows and visits to various states in the country. Concerns were raised on the issue of quality connectivity and data safe transfer as the e-commerce trade is heavily dependent of net connectivity.
“Time will come soon when you will hear younger generation saying that I have not visited a shop or a mall for ages to buy a product. Hence, quality internet service will become a key player in this entire gamut of this e-commerce business,” said Avinash Ramachandra, Director, Public Policy of Amazon. He added, “We would love to work in and with Goa.”
To this, Ameya Abhyankar, Director, Department of Information and Technology replied, “Internet is going to be the key driver for any kind of growth and development, whether it is economic, social, cultural as the boundaries have collapsed and now we are trying to ensure that there is a level-playing field for all service providers to provide quality service at a reasonable price. If this does not happen, it will lead to new term of digital inequality. Lack of data access can cause certain deprivation as far as competitive advantages are concerned. By end of September we will be able to launch a programme by which data access will be easier.”
Representatives from the startups stressed on the need to train young Goans. As Goa happens to be a tourist state, people from Goa are good in engaging with foreign customers as it naturally comes to them. However, they lack technical knowhow “Education system and linkages with the industry requirement is critical for development of a good workforce for a state,” said Rakesh Bakshi, Legal Director of Amazon.
If all works well, you can perhaps order something unique found in the Mapusa bazaar off Amazon.com. Well we thought some things may never change and yet they do.

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