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‘Digital India’ partnership, tech cooperation with EU

The first India-EU Strategic Dialogue Series, organised by UK-based policy platform India Inc. alongside key players like Microsoft and McKinsey, focussed on ‘Delivering Smart Communities’ as part of the Narendra Modi government’s Digital India drive.

“The European Union has done remarkable work in the field of cyber security, innovation, start-ups, digital governance, e-governance... some of the issues where we can profitably learn from the experiences of European Union and its team member countries,” said IT and communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his inaugural address at the event via video-conferencing.

“India and the EU have lot of things in common. Both of us are democracies, both of us are open societies, both of us respect freedom of a speech, of association and above all creativity... We (India) are also promoting innovation, lot of new start-ups are coming. “I am very happy to inform my friends in Brussels that smartphones have got the largest consumption in India after the US,” he noted.

The Digital India Roundtable, supported by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Germany-based IT solutions entity SAP, focussed on the potential of India-EU collaboration in the field of technology and innovation as well as in creating smart cities.

“The EU must look at India beyond an offshoring market and more as an innovation co-creation partner. India’s experience of scale provides a big leapfrog opportunity,” explained Arvind Gupta, national head of the BJP’s IT Cell. Europe, among the largest outsourcing economies in the world, contributes almost 33 per cent to the global offshore IT sector. Indian IT majors TCS, Infosys and Wipro have in the last year alone struck a series of long-term deals worth millions of euros across Europe.

“Digital India is an absolute must for the people of India and an absolute opportunity for the people of Europe. Our shared values of democracy and an open society will underpin this partnership,” said Manoj Ladwa, India Inc. chief executive. The event in Brussels brought together all the key players within the European IT industry and was attended by Indian ambassador to the EU Manjeev Singh Puri as well as key players from the European Commission’s communications team.
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