U.S.-India Business Council Concludes Successful Digital Economy Mission
August 11, 2016 – New Delhi - The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) concluded its Digital Economy Executive Mission to New Delhi, India. The delegation emphasized its desire to further collaborate with the government on the Prime Minister’s flagship initiatives, including Digital India, Make in India, and Startup India. The delegation highlighted a number of policy reforms that could be implemented to increase economic growth, create jobs, and improve the country’s ease of doing business ranking. The delegation was led by Michael DiPaula-Coyle and Harish Krishnan, Vice Chairmen of the Digital Economy Committee.
The mission included delegates from from Cisco, IBM, Google, Amazon, Intel, Access Partnerships, and Qualcomm. “We had constructive meetings with the Government of India on a wide variety of topics from policies on cloud, encryption, broadband infrastructure creation to ease of doing business,” said Harish Krishnan. “We believe this government has a pro-growth agenda that envisages a more innovative, connected, digital India. USIBC membership looks forward to playing its role in building Digital India.”
During the visit, the Digital Economy delegation met with senior government officials across all areas of the Digital Economy including the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Electronics & IT, TRAI, Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of External Affairs as well as leading think tanks and industry associations. The delegation participated in a briefing on M2M service provider guidelines with the Department of Telecommunications and FICCI.
“USIBC reiterated its support for the free flow of data as well as ICT products and services. We were pleased to see that NITI Aayog's recent paper on electronics manufacturing supported the export-oriented strategy for growth. We believe that these recommendations will help ensure that Indians have access to affordable, high tech products,” said Neil Bjorkman, Director, Digital Economy, USIBC.
USIBC Digital Economy member companies represent every aspect of the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. In an effort to enhance bilateral commercial relations, the committee seeks to promote policies that will lead to greater growth in the Indian ICT sector. The Executive Committee holds biannual missions to India in order to maintain close contact with key government officials to ensure that the Government of India view USIBC and its member companies as partners throughout the policy-making process in this dynamic and promising sector.
About U.S. India Business Council:
Formed in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the U.S.-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization, comprised of 400 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies advancing U.S.-India commercial ties. USIBC is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, with liaison presence in New York, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and New Delhi. John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, is USIBC's Chairman.
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