India, US to collaborate on Digital India initiative

At a meeting in Washington of the US-India ICT Working Group, that promotes development in the ICT sector for the mutual benefit of India and the US, agreed to strengthen collaboration between the two governments and the private sector in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) that will help implement the Digital India programme. The US delegation was headed by Ambassador Daniel A Sepulveda, coordinator for international communications and information at the Department of State, and the Indian delegation was headed by R S Sharma, secretary of the department of electronics and information technology. The participants agreed to continue discussions on policies that stimulate rapid diffusion and use of ICT products and services and facilitate cross border trade that reduces costs to consumers and businesses. During the meeting US and Indian government representatives held extensive discussions on various issues, focusing on accelerating broadband deployment, and best practices in ICT and telecommunications regulatory policy. The discussions included panels on manufacturing and investment, IT and telecoms developments, Internet governance, mobility of skilled professions and other issues. Both countries plan to hold the next US-India working Group in India later this year.