Home » Business » International Telecommunication Union elects India as co-chair of its Digital Innovation Board

International Telecommunication Union elects India as co-chair of its Digital Innovation Board

Geneva:21/3/24:Dr Neeraj Mittal, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, led a high-level delegation to Geneva for a series of crucial meetings at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters from March 18-20, 2024. The visit focused on fostering collaboration and exploring innovative initiatives in the telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors. The key highlights of the visit include:

India Leads Digital Innovation Board with Dr Neeraj Mittal as Co-Chair:  Dr Neeraj Mittal was unanimously elected as co-chair of the Digital Innovation Board of ITU formed under the aegis of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development. The Digital Innovation Board comprises of Ministers and Vice Ministers of Telecom/ICT of 23 Member Countries of ITU spanning Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has started the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development to respond to significant unmet needs of ITU Membership in the area of innovation, as articulated in the Kigali Action Plan adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2022 (WTDC-22) and the Outcomes of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22). The Alliance has three main vehicles: –

  1. Digital Transformation Lab
  2. Network of Acceleration Centres
  3. Digital Innovation Board

The Alliance establishes the Digital Innovation Board to provide strategic guidance, expertise and advocacy regarding its mission of building critical local enablers and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in digital development, to create a more inclusive and equitable digital future for all.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has selected 17 organizations from around the world to host Network of Acceleration Centres with the Global Innovation Centre at ITU Area Office and Innovation Centre, New Delhi, India to coordinate the efforts of Network Acceleration Centres around the globe.

Dr Neeraj Mittal held meetings with Dr Cosmos Zavazava at ITU Headquarters early this week. Various initiatives about scaling up ITU Area Office India, Digital Innovation Board, Digital Transformation Lab, Acceleration centres, Global Innovation Centre in India were discussed during the meeting and a way forward was agreed upon. He invited ITU  to host the next meeting of the Digital Innovation Board in India alongside the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) 2024.

Increased participation of India in ITU Activities:

Dr Neeraj Mittal also chaired a review meeting at Permanent Mission of India in Geneva (PMI).  Permanent Representative, PMI, Shri Arindam Bagchi and other senior officers joined the meeting. The meeting reviewed progress on critical milestones and efforts to increase participation of India in ITU activities with greater engagement of academia and Industry members from India.

Bilateral Meetings

A bilateral meeting between India and Japan took place on the sidelines of Digital Innovation Board Meeting at ITU Headquarters. The meeting was co- chaired by Dr Neeraj Mittal and Mr Hiroshi Yoshida, Vice Minister, M/o Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan. The meeting reviewed engagements of India and Japan in telecom and ICT sector and the leaders proposed active collaboration on AI, 5G Use cases and Quantum Products certification between both the countries. Both stressed the need to collaborate to develop a framework for trusted products and agreed to operationalize the sub-working groups on 5G use cases and massive MIMO under India Japan Joint Working Group on ICT.

Dr Mittal invited Japanese Government and Industry Delegates to visit and participate in WTSA 2024 and India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2024 apart from various side events being organized with WTSA 2024 like ITU Kaleidoscope, Exhibitions, Conference on AI for Good Global Impact India, Network of Women, Workshop on Safe Listening with WHO, Hackathon.

The Telecom Secretary also co-chaired a bilateral meeting between India and Bahrain with Mr Mohammed Bin Thamir, Minister of Transport and Telecom of Kingdom of Bahrain at ITU HQ, Geneva on the sidelines of Digital Innovation Board Meeting. Both the countries decided to collaborate actively on ICT sector in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G use cases, Cybersecurity, development of Data Embassy. Both agreed to revisit the MOU on ICT between the two countries that lapsed in 2015.

India proposed to share with Bahrain the TEC standard on Fairness Assessment and Rating of Artificial Intelligence Systems, status note on regulatory sandbox.

The visit underscores India’s proactive engagement in shaping the global telecommunications landscape and its commitment to leveraging innovation for socio-economic development.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
x

Check Also

Chief Minister Shri Mohan Charan Majhi visited Bargarh and participated in the PM’s Kisan Peramana Nidhi festival.

Bargarh: 18/6/24:Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Mohan Charan Majhi visited Bargarh today and participated in the Prime Minister’s Kisan Peramana Nidhi festival. Today is 31st of Odisha in this scheme. 62 ...