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Hyderabad: Germany’s Linde Group plans to invest $200 million in freezing of sea food and adding value to exports in Andhra Pradesh, which tops in fisheries production in India.

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The Linde Group officials, who met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada on Friday, said that the company also has a base in Gujarat and is looking for a strong base in Andhra Pradesh. “Andhra Pradesh has a long coast and has strong production of sea food. We want to support you in freezing of sea food and add value to exports. We are looking to invest over $200 million,” said Linde Group’s CEO Wolfgang Buchele.

According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, Buchele explained Linde Group’s expertise in cryogenic freezing of food, international gases market and engineering expertise in supporting ole fin plants, natural gas plants and air separation plants, as well as hydrogen and synthesis gas plants. Linde’s executive board member Sanjiv Lamba said that the group is also interested in Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) and auto components. Lamba said that the company is also interested to set up an air-circulation plant, a lab and an academy that will train the personnel required for supporting food processing.

Explaining the advantages of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said that the government is planning to make it the logistics hub of southeast Asia. He advised the company officials to send their team to study the agriculture and allied activities in the state and identify business opportunities. The chief minister said that the Linde Group can also work on cold storage facilities in 13 food parks that are coming up across the state.

(IANS)

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Microsoft takes ‘Project Sangam’ to Middle East and Africa

"Project Sangam" was commenced from Andhra Pradesh

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In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

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“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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The project was first launched in Andhra Pradesh. VOA

Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS

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