Digital Economy

The USIBC Digital Economy Committee aspires for results through thought leadership, providing 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 with our members that prioritizes issues, and develops engagement strategies that leverage direct interactions with government officials, and supports bilateral platforms such as the U.S.-India ICT Dialogue and the U.S.-India Cyber Dialogue.

We also organize roundtable discussions and conferences in both the United States and India, and where appropriate, work with other stakeholders from academia, civil society, and the media. In addition, the Committee leads industry trade missions to and from India to advocate for digital investment, trade and policy reforms to promote the socio-economy benefit of information, communications and advanced technology in both nations.

Data Governance
As India strives to create a $5 trillion economy by 2025, data will be the central force behind innovation and economy growth in the 21stcentury. To retain digital leadership in the global economy, United States and India must rethink, both individually and collectively, its policies around privacy, cybersecurity, and the flow of international data to and from its hi-tech trading partners. Given its criticality and impact, the emerging debate around data politics must include nuanced and thoughtful approaches that balance freedom of speech, privacy and cybersecurity with trusted content, data fidelity, and appropriate access by law enforcement. It is imperative that both nations recognize the importance of a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach to data policies that focus on light-touch regulations that promote investment, innovation and economic growth, while crafting relationships and mechanisms to protect users, business, and the nation.

Promoting Human Capital Development and Mobility
The Digital Economy Committee strongly encourages the free movement of all economic resources – data, investment, technology, and people. Both nations benefit from India IT talent, where U.S. university provide high-quality education to Indian students, and companies benefit from hiring Indian talent in both the United States and in India. We will continue to promote and advocate for reforms to U.S. immigration policy that benefit both nations by connecting Indian needs for access to hi-tech higher education with U.S. demands for hi-tech skills in its domestic market.

Standards and Regulatory Reform
Success in the global marketplace requires the development and use of global standards, testing, and compliance regimes. India is in the process of developing multiple, overlapping regulatory schemes to ensure conformity, security, and environmentally sound disposal of electronics. The Digital Economy Committee strongly advocates for India to recognize global testing and compliance norms, and eliminate duplicate and burdensome requirements which undermine “Make in India” by increasing costs and disrupting global supply chains.

The Council is engaged in an ongoing campaign to advocate for 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in business to consumer e-commerce, and facilitate global trade via e-commerce platforms. These reforms will boost employment, infrastructure development, exports, and sourcing from local manufacturers while offering Indian consumers a greater variety of goods at affordable prices.

Successfully engaged the privacy community and Indian government to share international best practices around data and privacy regulations, which will be critical in the ultimate passage of India’s data privacy law.

Supporting G2G Engagement
Hosted several VIP engagements and bilateral interactions, including the U.S. – India Cyber Dialogue – designed to educate decision-makers on both sides, and provide fact-based insight into the implications of policy and regulation. This includes support for law enforcement cooperation between the two countries. We continue to work with both governments to advocate for a balanced approach that facilitates investment, innovation and job creation.

National Digital Communications Policy
Worked with policy makers to promote light-touch and technology-driven communication policy, including reform of the country’s satellite communications policy.

Company support
Provided individualized, company-specific support on localized issues, including taxes, customs, municipal regulations, et al.

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.

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Abhishek Kishore is a policy expert in the digital economy domain, advising major technology companies from global U.S. and Indian IT leaders to e-Commerce and fintech innovators on government policies and regulatory frameworks.

Prior to joining the Council, Kishore worked with a big data analytics startup in Los Angeles to expand the company’s business in the southern California region. Kishore previously held technology-focused positions with companies including Infosys Technologies, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Forrester Research.

Kishore is a computer science engineer by training and holds a master’s degree from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.

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Aditya Vasishtha leads the U.S.-India Business Council’s Digital Economy and Media & Entertainment portfolios in India.

Before joining USIBC, Vasishtha worked with the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AmCham) where he led the ICT, cyber security and agriculture and food processing committees. Vasishtha holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Jindal Global University and a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Haryana State University. He is interested in the intersection of policy, polity and practice and in international business. As a master’s student, he worked on development cooperation and international relations through the lens of South-South Cooperation.

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