India-Japan To Collaborate On ICT, Cybersecurity

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 04, 2014

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In an effort to further strengthen ties between India and Japan, the two countries will soon work together in areas of cyber security and Green Information and Communication technology (ICT). The decision was taken at the India-Japan Joint Working Group meeting on ICT that was held in the national capital Delhi.

Speaking at the second meeting of the India-Japan joint working group on ICT, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Indian government has launched a massive program to digitalize administrative functioning with the sole objective of improving efficiency and delivery of services.

“India has taken a big leap forward in letting technology play a pivotal role in brining about the much needed change in governance in India. With friends like Japan, there is a natural scope to help us in achieving this objective,” he added.

“Ministry for Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) in India and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Japan will coordinate the activities for taking these projects forward by involving industrial partners in both the countries. They will aim towards implementation of these joint projects by early 2015,” said the MCIT in a statement.

It further added that under these two fields, the two countries will work in five specific areas, which will include: Green Mobile Base Station project; ICT for Disaster Management; ICT Use in disaster-affected areas project; ICT Application for Social and Economic Challenges; and National ID Application and Utilization Platform project. Also, both India and Japan will focus on Japan-India Combat Spam project, Cooperative project for detecting symptoms and planning quick response to cyber attacks.

The group discussed projects in green technology, cyber security and use of ICT applications in social and economic field. Prasad said the programme will benefit greatly with the help of a tested ally like Japan, which has established supremacy in ICT. This would also help in increasing trade manifold between both the countries, which is currently about one per cent.

The group is also exploring cooperation in national ID application and utilization project. Japanese Vice Minister for Policy and Coordination (International Affairs) Yasuo Sakamoto said the economic cooperation between the two countries is on the verge of a new turning point and the opportunities are abundant. He added that entrepreneurs from both the countries can collaborate in fields of cyber security or green ICT.

The Joint Working Group will meet in Tokyo next year to discuss and work towards implementation of these projects, said the ministry