Nokia reiterates commitment to India

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 11 2013, 14:58pm hrs
Stephen Elop NokiaUnion Minister for Commerce & Industry Anand Sharma with Executive Vice President, Devices & Services, Nokia, Stephen Elop during a meeting in New Delhi. (PTI)
A week after it was acquired by Microsoft, Finnish mobile maker Nokia reiterated its commitment to India. In a meeting with commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday, Stephen Elop, former CEO of the company assured Nokia's continued commitment to all of the works it does in India

I have had the opportunity today to spend time in Chennai with our factory team and also I am here in New Delhi meeting with our teams here. And the principal reason for my visit is to reassure and provide complete support for trade efforts here in India, as you know there are changes underway at Nokia, that we are very excited about. And what we were talking here today is our continued commitment to all of the works that we are doing here in India, said Elop after meeting commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday.

The statement assumes significance as the phone maker had told the ministry that India has become the "least favourable market", and it now makes business sense to exit and export from China. Besides, it had urged the India government to "act quickly to correct the wrong perception of India as a place for business".