In another noteworthy step towards Digital India, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a nod for signing Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan on bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
As Japan is an important partner with ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ status, the MoC will not only contribute in strengthening bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding in the field of communications but will also serve as a strategic initiative for India.
A per the MoC, the two countries will have cooperation in various fields like 5G network, telecom security, Submarine cable, standard certification of communication equipment, utilization of latest Wireless Technologies and ICTs, ICTs capacity building, Public Protection and Disaster Relief, Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Blockchain, Spectrum Chain, Spectrum Management, Cooperation on Multilateral platforms, etc.
The pact will open doors to better opportunities for India to get into a global standardization process. And, as primarily the cooperation is in ICTs, it will help in strengthening ICTs infrastructure in India. Moreover, to bridge the connectivity gap between mainland India and remote areas, cooperation in the development of future submarine cable networks and technologies will answer the connectivity issues. Also, the MoC aims to promote human capacity building in the field of ICTs and further development of a startup ecosystem which will contribute to realizing the objectives of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
(With inputs from PIB)