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Promotion of Japan-India Business Cooperation in the Field of Digital Infrastructure Welcomed

December 12, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) welcomed Japan-India business cooperation in the field of digital infrastructure based on the Japan-India Digital Partnership, which was jointly publicized on December 12, 2019, by the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable (iSPIRT), an Indian think-tank.

1. Background

On October 29, 2018, METI and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India, agreed on a Japan-India Digital Partnership and concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on such partnership in order to expand the scope of collaborative fields in the digital area for collaboration between startups, inter-company collaboration, IT human resources, research and development in the field of AI, next-generation networks, and electronics.

Aiming to develop the partnership and examine ideal approaches to Japan-India cooperation in the field of digital infrastructure, METI and the IPA have jointly been holding discussions on designing Japan’s architecture in the field of digital infrastructure and improving Japan’s ability to implement such architecture in society. Moreover, METI and JETRO have jointly been holding discussions on Japan-India business matching, projects related to startups, and collaboration with the Japan-India Asia-Africa Platform.

The specifics of the cooperation initiative mentioned in the joint statement publicized by the IPA, JETRO and iSPIRT are in line with the results of past discussions between METI and IPA or JETRO. Accordingly, METI expects that, based on the Japan-India Digital Partnership, Japan and India will encourage businesses to further advance cooperation in the field of digital infrastructure.

2. Key points of the cooperation that the IPA, JETRO and iSPIRT will advance

  1. Conducting mutual exchange of information on the construction of digital infrastructure, in particular, periodic communication and exchange of views for the purpose of designing architecture, improving the ability of implementing architecture in society, and other goals; and
  2. Concerning efforts for designing architecture and improving the ability of implementing architecture in society conducted in third-party countries in Africa, Asia and other regions, starting discussions on: the current level of development and utilization of digital IDs, the current situations of architecture for providing public services, and creation of new businesses or business matching for developing hard infrastructure and use cases, areas in which Japan has advantages.

Reference: Overview of iSPIRT

iSPIRT is a non-profit think-tank established in Bangalore in 2013 and a leading association that designed new public infrastructure called “India Stack.” This organization consists of many volunteers who have agreed with its purpose of accomplishing a social transformation taking advantage of software and digital platforms, and it committed to the creation of the new public infrastructure “India Stack.”

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