US COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE IN INDIAN SOFTWARE SHOW

US COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE IN INDIAN SOFTWARE SHOW

Several U.S. companies or their joint ventures will participate in a computer software conference and exhibition here later this month.

The event, scheduled from Nov. 28-Dec. 1, is being organized by the National Association of Software and Service Companies, an Indian industry group.Concurrent with the event, the 14-member Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (Asocio) will hold its 11th general assembly, bringing together chief executives of major software companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The United States and Canada are now guest members of Asocio. Assembly participants will exchange information, develop closer relationships and identify new business opportunities.

Trade delegations from 10 countries, including the United States and Japan, will participate in the event, said N.R. Narayana Murthy, president of Nasscom. Additionally, more than 150 overseas and 500 Indian delegates will attend the event.

U.S. companies or their Indian ventures taking part include Citicorp Information Technology Industries Ltd., Digital Equipment India Ltd., Microsoft Corp., Onward Novell Software India Ltd., Silicon Graphics Systems India Ltd., Tata Information Systems Ltd. and Tata Unisys Ltd.

The theme of the event is information technology "strategies and end-user organizations." Key international speakers and leading end-users from Asocio countries will present their information technology strategies for manufacturing, financial services and government and social infrastructure.

"We expect the event will generate Indian export orders worth $50 million and domestic business of $20 million," said Dewang Mehta, executive director of Nasscom.

India's software industry is growing rapidly, and exports are expected to cross 10 billion rupees ($322 million) this year. The United States is a major market for these exports.