Indo-German exchange on innovation and e-governance
The agenda of the delegation visit was filled with exchanges with researchers, civil society think-tanks, companies and associations as well as the Indian Ministry for Electronics and IT (MeitY).
Bangalore: Support for innovation as a driver of digitalisation
In Bangalore, the delegation got to know the NASSCOM Centre of Excellency. They were welcomed by Director Navratan Katariya. The BMDV representatives were able to experience the centre’s work incubating start-ups in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). They had the opportunity to learn about the Indian approach to supporting young businesses. A highlight was to meet and directly exchange with start-ups of the incubator programme.
New Delhi: Digitalisation of public services
In New Delhi, the delegation of DG Brake met with Abishek Singh, CEO of India’s National e-Governance Division. Germany’s new Digital Strategy and India’s impressive progress in the digitalisation of public services were two key topics of their conversation. They also discussed the GovStack and IndiaStack initiatives which are multi-stakeholder projects that create software components for governments to digitalise their services. Together, the participants identified possible future areas of cooperation on e-governance within the Indo-German Digital Dialogue.
The road ahead for the Indo-German Digital Dialogue
A review meeting between BMDV and MeitY provided the opportunity for the representatives to discuss the update of the Work Plan for the Indo-German Digital Dialogue for 2023-2024.
Dr Ajaj Garg (MeitY) welcomed the delegation and highlighted the fruitful Annual Meeting of the dialogue in June which Secretary Sharma had attended in Germany. Both the German and Indian side emphasised their interest in further intensifying the bilateral dialogue on digital policy during the meeting.
The BMDV and MeitY representatives then worked on aligning the new Work Plan for 2023-2024. Based on the results of the Annual Meeting as well as feedback from stakeholders, the Secretariat for the Indo-German Digital Dialogue presented a draft that will be finalised until the end of the year. They will continue incorporating feedback from stakeholders. The Work Plan will possibly include ethical AI and sustainability as new topics. The secretariat will update the stakeholders of the Indo-German Digital Dialogue about new developments and as soon as the Work Plan is finalised.
More interesting news
On 30 May 2023, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) signed the new Work Plan of the Indo-German Digital Dialogue for 2023-2024. During the virtual event, Indian Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma and German State Secretary Stefan Schnorr agreed to further promote a strong bilateral dialogue on digital policy matters.
Dr Rudolf Gridl, Director General of the Central Department at the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), recently visited India. On March 6, he participated in a roundtable discussion on current data policy frameworks. The Secretariat for the Indo-German Digital Dialogue and the German Embassy New Delhi jointly organised the event. Participants from think tanks, academia and the private sector painted a holistic picture on the state of data policy in India and related opportunities and challenges.
Dr Rudolf Gridl, Director General of the Central Department at the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), visited New Delhi on 6 and 7 March 2023. His aim was an exchange on the digitalisation of government administration and digital public services. BMDV and the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) organised the delegation visit within the framework of the Indo-German Digital Dialogue.
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