The Digital Economy Committee’s goal is to be the premier platform between business leaders and their government counterparts in the U.S.-India digital economy corridor. The Committee formulates an annual work plan targeting issues important to member companies and leverages key platforms like the U.S.-India ICT Dialogue and the U.S.-India Cyber Dialogue.
Standards and Regulatory Reform
The Government of India is in the process of developing regulatory schemes to ensure security for network elements and safety for Indian consumers. Member companies actively engage with the Government of India to advocate for globally recognized standards and mutual recognition of testing facilities worldwide.
Internet-based technologies such as the Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) are great equalizers for societies across the globe. The Council is working with government offcials from both the United States and India to encourage India’s participation in multi-stakeholder forums of Internet Governance, which has allowed the Internet to flourish globally.
The Council is engaged in an ongoing campaign to advocate for 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in business to consumer e-commerce. This reform will boost employment, infrastructure development, and sourcing from local manufacturers while
offering Indian consumers a greater variety of goods at affordable prices.
Extended impractical deadlines for the national security testing policies and successfully advocated for partial reforms to regulations under the Compulsory Registration Order for product safety testing.
Successfully campaigned for the removal of regulations requiring the disclosure of source code for software products sold in India.
The U.S.-India ICT Dialogue was suspended from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, the Council hosted the only industry interaction with the U.S.government and the Government of India on ICT issues and succeeded in its campaign to resume the government-to-government dialogue.
Jay Gullish has passionately promoted digital development in more than 20 countries over his 25 years of experience in government, industry, and civil society across the telecoms, information technology, satcom, and cyber sectors. He has a reputation as an innovative critical thinker and industry expert known for thought leadership, problem solving and an ability to get the job done. As a Senior Director within The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), Gullish leads the Digital Economy Committee, as well as the USIBC Privacy Working Group.
Most recently, he served as a digital policy officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi covering cyber policy, telecommunications, information technology, digital inclusion, and commercial space. While at the Embassy, Gullish aligned U.S. cyber policy toward India across multiple in-country USG agencies and consulates on behalf of the State Department’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI). Gullish was also the in-country lead for the U.S.-India ICT Working Group and the U.S.-India Cyber Consultations. Gullish previously worked in India’s outsourcing industry, and has lived and worked in India for more than five years. He has international technology experience in Southern Africa, Israel, and Viet Nam.
Born in New York and raised in California, Gullish has a passion for the outdoors, wildlife and actions that ensure the long-term health of our planet. He is also active in promoting STEM education. He is married to a U.S. diplomat, and has two children.