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Japan and India Agree on Partnership in the Digital Industry

Agreement contributing to further development of Japan-India economic ties

October 29, 2018

On October 29, 2018, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on a Japan-India Digital Partnership between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India. Following this, witnessed by Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, both sides exchanged the MOC.

1. Background

As global society enters an IoT era in which integration of the hardware and software represents a key direction for growth, Japan and India strenths in the digital field are mutually complementary and development of new partnerships from this viewpoint will be highly advantageous for the two sides. In May 2018, during his visit to India, Minister Seko and H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India, agreed on the Japan-India Startup Initiative and have since been advancing collaboration among startups in the digital field. In line with this effort, in order to expand the scope of collaborative fields to inter-company collaborations, IT human resources, research and development in the field of AI, next-generation networks and electronics, Japan and India agreed on the Japan-India Partnership in the Digital Industry and exchanged an MOC thereof.

Taking this opportunity, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, concluded a memorandum of cooperation in research on AI technologies, while METI and the National Institution for Transforming India Committee, India, jointly declared their comprehensive cooperation relationship in the field of AI.

Japan and India will enrich new collaboration from the viewpoint of “strategic partners” in the digital field and will contribute to further development of economic ties.

2. Highlights of the partnership agreement

  1. Japan-India Startup Initiative: Establishment of the Japan-India Startup Hub in Bengaluru, invitation of Indian startups for the CEATEC exhibition, etc.
  2. Collaboration between SMEs and large companies: Convening of business matching events, JETRO-led efforts for encouraging Japanese companies to invest in India, measures for supporting Indian companies to invest in Japan, etc.
  3. Electronics and ecosystems: Cooperation in designing systems in manufacturing software, semiconductors and electronic equipment, etc.
  4. Human resources expertized in digital: Convening of job fairs, e.g., events by Japanese companies to employ IT human resources from India, issuance of Japanese green cards or visas to highly skilled human resources from India, etc.
  5. Cooperation in research and development: Research and development in new technologies, including AI, that may contribute to realization of the Society 5.0 policy, etc.
  6. Next-generation networks: Cooperation in cybersecurity, capacity building and human resource development for dissemination of next-generation networks, cooperation in development of marine cables, etc.


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