NEW DELHI: The US and India will work closely together on issues relating to government procurement practices of information and communications technology goods and services, policy issues around drones and ecommerce, the two sides said in a joint statement on Thursday.
The United States-India Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, which was set up in 2005 and revived in 2014, promotes development of the ICT sector in the two nations, and has been working towards sorting out issues on both sides.
The working group met in Delhi on September 27, where several issues were discussed, and both sides decided to work closely together in areas such as internet of things, standards and electronics and internet governance.
India and the US have had an “increasingly warm and active relationship, over the recent commitment of the Indian government towards a multistakeholder model of Internet governance,” Daniel Sepulveda, Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US coordinator for ICT said in a select media interaction on Wednesday.
Among the main issues discussed as part of the dialogue included additional device testing requirements India has. “The American industry feel like there are some hurdles to doing business in India, relative to getting through some of the pre-requisites or mandates around testing of devices in goods that you’re trying to sell in India, that to our mind should be covered by international testing,” the ambassador said.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) earlier this year released a draft paper with guidelines for obtaining a unique identification number (UIN) and permission to fly a civil unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The sides resolved to further work through sub working groups for continued engagement in the areas of internet of things, standards and electronics and internet governance, identifying them “priority areas”.