NEW DELHI: India and Japan, two key powers of Asia, on Thursday held discussions on bilateral cooperation in the fields of cyber security besides information and communication technology (ICT), including 5G.
The discussions were hosted virtually by New Delhi during the Fourth India-Japan Cyber Dialogue, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
“Both sides discussed important areas of bilateral cyber cooperation and reviewed the progress achieved in the areas of cyber security and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including 5G Technology,” India’s MEA said.
“Both sides exchanged views on latest developments in cyber domain and mutual cooperation during cyber consultations at the United Nations and other multilateral and regional fora,” the ministry added.
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The Indian delegation was led by Muanpuii Saiawi, who is the joint secretary in cyber diplomacy division of the MEA, while the Japanese delegation was led by Yutaka Arima, who is the ambassador in-charge of Cyber Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan.
The Indian delegation consisted of senior officials from MEA, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Defence (MoD), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MEITY), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC).
The Japanese delegation included senior officials from National Centre of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and MOFA.
After Thursday’s discussions, both sides also agreed to hold the next India-Japan Cyber Dialogue in 2023 as per mutual convenience, according to the statement.
India and Japan’s Digital Partnership:
Japan is considered a key partner of India and one whose relationship has transformed to a partnership of great substance and purpose.
Japan’s interest in India is increasing due to a variety of reasons including India’s large and growing market and its resources, especially the human resources.
The bilateral trade between India and Japan for FY 2019-20 (April – December) totalled to US$ 11.87 billion, according to government data.
In view of synergies and complementarities between the two nations, ‘India-Japan Digital Partnership’ (I-JDP) was launched in October 2018 furthering existing areas of cooperation as well as new initiatives within the scope of cooperation in S&T/ICT, focusing more on “Digital ICT Technologies”.
In May 2018, both sides signed a joint statement on Japan-India Startup Initiative setting up the first Startup Hub in Bangalore by JETRO to identify selected Indian start-ups for Japanese market and for potential Japanese investors.
Thereafter, Startup-India (under Invest India) and Japan Innovation Network (JIN) have signed a MoU on innovation collaboration with a focus on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) connecting two start-up eco-systems in June 2018.
At the 5th meeting of the JWG on ICT in India on 7 August 2018, both sides discussed cooperation in the field of cyber security, 5G telecommunication infrastructure, and human resource development in ICT sector in third countries.
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