South Asia TQ Wrap for February 2015

Charminar, Hyderabad, Andhra PradeshSource: Wikimedia (CC License)

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Indian state Andhra Pradesh has launched a new mobile app for citizens to suggest ideas on upcoming projects and give feedback on government services, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced. The app, known as AP Speaks, lists broad areas that the government wants to improve such as education, electricity and tourism. A short description appears alongside each. The state government is one of many in India that is striving to technology-enable its region with programs for start-ups, smart villages, digital engagement and so forth.

At the RE-Invest event in New Delhi mid-month the government said it would significantly boost support for wind and solar energy generation.

The ILO released new research on the use of micro-financing to help those in the informal economy, which in many parts of Asia Pacific constitute a significant percentage of businesses and employment.

The Indian government also announced an IT and start-up friendly budget.

Nasscom announced a policy framework for the emerging IoT market which included incubation centres to support innovation.

Monet has partnered with HBL and Mastercard to launch what it calls the first mobile POS in Pakistan.Tech in Asia had a good follow up article pointing out the prevalence of cash, but that many industries could leap frog to mobile payments.

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