Union Minister for Communication, Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on January 15, inked an MoU with Internal Affairs and Communication Minister of Japan, Takeda Ryota to enhance cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The MoU was exchanged through a video conference today.
Department of Telecom, Government of India and Ministry of Communications, Government of Japan will enhance mutual cooperation in the field of 5G technologies, telecom security, submarine optical fibre cable system to islands of India, spectrum management, smart cities, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, disaster management and public safety, etc. Also, as per the agreement, Government of India organisation such as C-DOT and ITI Ltd along with industry partners from Japan will also be a part of this cooperation.
The IT Minister cited the timely execution of connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands with submarine optical fibre cable as an excellent example of successful cooperation between India and Japan. He also shared the rapid adoption of innovative technologies by India during the COVID-19 pandemic such as AarogyaSetu app, use of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System for doorstep disbursement of cash by India Post, digital hearings in Courts, etc. Further, he highlighted that during the pandemic, due to lucrative policies like PLI and SPECS large amount of investments have come to India in the field of electronics manufacturing.
The minister urged the Japanese electronics industry to invest in India and avail the benefits of the new technologies. He also highlighted the potential that India holds for Japanese investors in the field of 5G and 5G-based services, Internet of Things, digital health technologies etc.
(With inputs from PIB)