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Saudi Arabia visit: Modi visits TCS' all-women IT centre in Riyadh

Published Apr 3, 2016, 1:31 pm IST
Updated Apr 3, 2016, 3:21 pm IST
Modi stressed on the point that in the IT profession, India has made its place in the world.
Narendra Modi with TCS executives, Saudi officials and employees in Riyadh. (Photo: MEA)
 Narendra Modi with TCS executives, Saudi officials and employees in Riyadh. (Photo: MEA)

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

"For the world it is considered to be 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.

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"All of you must come to India; I assure you a very warm reception. The atmosphere I am witnessing here today 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, and for all information, please download the Narendra Modi app," Modi 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.