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'China digital tech progress spurred India's digitisation'

China's rapid strides in digital technologies have indirectly inspired India to digitise its economy, TCS' Asia-Pacific president has said.

In mobile payments and artificial intelligence, China is already leading and has shared its expertise with its neighbours, Girish Ramachandran said.

The Belt and Road Initiative will help China bring some of its world-class technologies to economies along the trading routes, he said.

"The initiative is a great opportunity for global trade, and to build connectivity," Ramachandran has been quoted as saying by state-run China Daily today.

Chinese technologies are making inroads in India, exemplified by the export of Ant Financial Services Group's wireless payment solutions to Paytm. The two signed an agreement in 2015 to create an Alipay clone in India.

India, like China, does not have an entrenched credit card culture. So with the right technologies and business models, jumping from cash to mobile payment is not difficult, he said.

Today Paytm covers 150 million users in India and enables people to complete a variety of purchases and access micro loans with a scan of their phones, he said.

"The demonetisation accords with the Indian government's push to combat the black market, increase transparency and digitise the economy. Clearly China has played a significant role in this," he said.

From the all-in-one app WeChat to some of the nascent artificial intelligence start-ups, Ramachandran said China has exhibited huge potential in the global high-tech race.

It is now time for China to properly brand these technologies and make them available overseas.

"Most of the apps, technologies and services are being used in China only. Turning them into world-renowned brands would pave the way for China's next phase of growth," he said, adding that the Belt and Road Initiative would certainly drive that goal.

China's high-tech giants have already entered the South Asian market. Tencent Cloud, the cloud business division of Tencent Holdings Limited, has established overseas services nodes in India and a data centre in Singapore to provide "secure and cost efficient" IT infrastructure, the Daily report said.
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