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Cisco head meets PM Modi as tech giant announces India manufacturing

New Delhi: Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, on the day when the global technology leader announced it will start manufacturing in India.
In a major step in the expansion of its footprint in the country, Cisco said it aims to drive more than USD 1 billion in combined domestic production and exports in the coming years. "Delighted to meet you @ChuckRobbins and good to see @Cisco harnessing the wide range of opportunities available in India," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
Cisco said it is a part of the company's strategy to create an even more diverse and resilient global supply chain and support India's vision of becoming a global manufacturing hub.
The creation of a new manufacturing operation was announced by Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins in New Delhi, following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a series of strategic engagements with Dr.S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics and Technology, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO of NITI Aayog, and K. Rajaraman, Telecom Secretary.
"Today, we are announcing strategic investments in Indian manufacturing capabilities as the next step in delivering cutting-edge technologies to our customers in India and across the globe," said Chuck Robbins, chair and CEO of Cisco.
"Fueled by a rapidly developing digital economy, India is a focal point of innovation and business for Cisco, and we remain deeply committed to our partnerships here."
Cisco is now building core manufacturing capabilities in India, including testing, development and logistics, and expanding in-house repair operations. In addition to supporting supply chain resiliency, reducing lead times, and elevating the customer experience, this will add further impetus to the local economy.
"India is of strategic importance for Cisco, and we continue to bet on India. Today's announcement marks a significant milestone to power the next phase of growth for Cisco. This investment will enable us to bring state-of-the-art technologies to more people and businesses and help accelerate India's transition into a leading digital economy," said Daisy Chittilapilly, President, of Cisco India and SAARC.
India is a key market for Cisco and its second largest R&D centre outside the US. It commenced India in 1995. (ANI)

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