A conglomerate of cyber experts from US and India met in Washington earlier this week to strategize on ways of promoting ICT development for the mutual benefit of the two countries. The meeting, hosted by the Department of State and attended by Top notch US government Agency representatives discussed major policy issues to facilitate the flow of data across borders.
US and India will partner in an initiative aimed and bolstering Cyber relations between the two countries and more importantly helping India build capacity to implement her ambitious “Digital India” and “made in India” development initiatives .
In a two day meeting of the United States-India Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, representatives from both countries laid down a roadmap that will help strengthen collaboration between the Governments and Private sector of US and India in ICT.
In a joint press statement, the US department of State confirmed that the ICT working group held “extensive discussions on ICT and telecommunication policy issues, focusing on enhancing digital infrastructure, deploying e-governance and e-services, and expanding the diffusion and use of ICT as a tool to expand economic opportunity, boost productivity, create jobs, and empower citizens” in India and US.
Top policies issues discussed by the working group touched on accelerating broadband deployment, aligning spectrum policy for the mobile era in addition to exchanging views on internet governance and best practices in ICT and telecommunications regulatory policy. “A panel of non-government experts also shared insights on strategies that may help India achieve the goals outlined in the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.” read the press statement by the US Department of state.
Notably, the DC meeting resolved to enhance international mobility of capital and skilled labor in a bid to ease the cost of doing business between the two countries. A joint government-industry discussions panel also discussed on ways of promoting investment in manufacturing, IT and Telecommunication and internet government.
The US delegation led by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State, raised its concerns on testing and certification of equipment from India, which Indian side promised to review.
On their part the Indian delegates led by Mr. R.S. Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, beseeched US to review her Visa rules to allow more Indian professionals to work in US.
More Importantly, the ICT working group unanimously agreed to fast track policies that will “promote innovation in the ICT sector, facilitate the flow of data across borders, and foster the global and open nature of the Internet as a platform for economic growth”, ahead of the next US-India working group meeting to be held in New Delhi later this year.
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