With a population of 1.4 billion people, India has over 800 million internet users. It is home to the world’s fastest-growing digital economy and has the vision to become a trillion-dollar digital economy in the next five years. With a successful IT sector, a lively start-up ecosystem and strong investment from German companies, India is an important partner for Germany.

Stefan Schnorr (then BMWi) and Secretary Sawhney (MeitY) co-chairing the first high-level meeting of the Indo-German Digital Dialogue. © Digital Dialogues-GIZ

Germany and India set up the Indo-German Digital Dialogue in 2017 after signing a joint declaration of intent for cooperation on digital policy topics. The dialogue is headed by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Its aim is to shape favourable framework conditions for a digital transformation of both economies. It is a multi-stakeholder platform based on a demand-driven approach, where topics for cooperation are proposed by stakeholders. These include policy makers, industry associations, businesses and start-ups.

The framework for activities under the Digital Dialogue is provided by a joint work plan. It includes three areas of cooperation: (1) Internet governance and data policy; (2) emerging technologies; (3) digital business opportunities and models. Activities include technical exchanges on digital topics such as AI and data policy, sector-specific workshops, delegation visits and facilitating cooperation between associations and the start-up ecosystem in both countries.