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Cisco chief to meet PM

Our Bureau

NEW DELHI, Jan. 9

THE President and CEO of networking giant, Cisco Systems, Mr John T Chambers, will meet the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Union IT Minister, Mr Pramod Mahajan, during his forthcoming visit to India beginning on January 15.

According to Mr Manoj Chugh, President of Cisco Systems (India) Pvt Ltd, Mr Chambers will be in India from 15 January to 17 January, before he flies out to China.

During his first visit to India, Mr Chambers will also meet other Ministers, senior Government officials and Cisco's clients and partners in the country, Mr Chugh said.

As per the itinerary of Mr Chambers, he will be in India on the January 15 in the evening. On the 16th, he will address functions organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Nasscom.

He will deliver a key-note address at an exhibition of Cisco's products and technologies. The media conference is scheduled for the January 17.

``India is one of our two fastest growing markets and hence is very important for us. We have made significant investments here. Mr Chambers will share with the Government his vision on how to build a world-class Internet network in the country,'' Mr Chu gh said.

Mr Chambers has grown Cisco from a $1.2-billion company to its current run rate of $26.1 billion since he assumed the position in January, 1995.

In terms of market capitalisation, it is the second after General Electric.

Cisco has started outsourcing from India since 1996. Currently, it has two development centres in addition to having tie-ups with HCL Technologies, Infosys and Wipro.

About 1,500 engineers work for the company, which includes Cisco's own people as well as its partners.

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