FAIITA announces digital platform for its over 20,000 SME members across the country
The Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Sh. Ravi ShankarPrasad formally launched FAIITA GlobalLinker, a digital platform solution for Indian IT enterprises to digitize their business and join a global SME community.
FAIITA GlobalLinker platform will help FAIITA’s Member Channel Community, who are offline sellers of IT hardware to create online Estores for themselves to sell their products online while being able to network with a wider SME community of local and global firms. The member estores will allow FAIITA members be better prepared to handle consumer and institutional requirements for online purchase and these estores will be pre-embedded with payment gateway & logistics solutions.
At the core of FAIITA GlobalLinker is a growing global network, currently comprising over 300,000 SME firms from over 150 countries, who are seeking business collaboration and growth opportunities. The networking feature is powered by the use of patented electronic business cards and digital profiles created on the GlobalLinker platform. The platform also offers a range of other features and benefits for FAIITA members, including:
Business Growth Opportunities – members may find clients, suppliers and advisors through reviewing profiles and searching from this growing global community of businesses;
Up-to-date Business Knowledge – members may access a range of business articles, industry news and participate in common interest groups or even seek specific assistance from other members of the community;
Savings on business-related services – members may avail of a growing range of services to save them time, effort and money;
Improved efficiencies – members can use a range of services from a ready company intranet for all employees, HRMS, a business calendar and document storage, etc.
On the occasion, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The Initiative taken by FAIITA pursuing Digital India Programme will empower several small & big IT Entrepreneurs to be enabled with Digital India Campaign and keep their businesses growing in the challenging times. Since big IT Giants have resolved to invest in India including Facebook, Google, and so on, this shall definitely bring growth in the IT Businesses. With the MEITY’s initiative, India is becoming Global Manufacturer soon and presently 260 manufacturers have set up units to manufacture Mobile Phones & Components in India, from merely 2 in the previous times.” The Minister highlighted so many achievements of the Government of India by enabling Digital India, such as Aadhar, UPI, DBT, Digitalisation of Revenue Records, and other such measures touching every common citizen of India. The E-Visa process has been directly instrumental to boost International Tourists number by 25%.”. The Minister lauded FAIITA’s initiative and envisioned that FAIITA should take a big leap to take this Platform Internationally too and set a benchmark, as so many Digital Initiatives taken in India are now embraced the world over such as UPI, Aayushman Bharat, etc. are benchmark platforms for other countries to refer.
Also present at the online event were President of FAIITA Mr. Kaushik Pandya; FAIITA Secretary Mr. Navin Gupta; FAIITA B2B Chairman Mr. S Karthikeyan; Chief Executive Officer of GlobalLinker, Mr. Sameer Vakil & Chief Experience Officer of GlobalLinker Ms. Summi Gambhir. Cisco Webex Platform Team was on technical support and Webinar enablement.
Mr. Kaushik Pandya, shared, “ The entire FAIITA Team took it as a big challenge and opportunity to enable the Small Neighborhood IT Business digitally, who during the lockdown period, could not carry business though they had huge stock inventories available, but were unable to feed the market in absence of digital online enablement. In a record time of three and a half months, the Team FAIITA has brought this result. This initiative will allow all the brick & mortar showroom owners as well as T3 partners across India to grow their business by many folds, they will be able showcase the products and services they sell 24 x 7 x 365. We are sure that a huge number of FAIITANs will take advantage of this eStore platform. Our next goal will be to take up this platform to Global level as suggested by Minister Shri. He has also shown his happiness towards enabling IT fraternity with this hybrid business model. It is a milestone achieved by us, many more to go.”
Mr. Sameer Vakil shared “We created GlobalLinker to make the business growth of SMEs, simpler, more profitable and enjoyable. GlobalLinker is creating a large community of SMEs and through that, collective economies and efficiencies. Having launched local versions of GlobalLinker in India, Thailand, and the Philippines, we are now aiming to become the largest community of SMEs globally and are very proud of being incorporated in India. As a progressive nodal body of IT Enterprises, FAIITA was looking to modernize the presence of their members and we see this as a great partnership and look forward to contributing strongly to Atmanirbhar Bharat and to Digital India”