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SESEI 3 Newsletter, Europe Issue 11, January 2019

On behalf of Project SESEI and its stakeholders, I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year 2019. With the onset of the year we are ready yet again with a fresh dose of our latest updates and information around policy & regulatory decisions and standards development activities being carried out in India around our project priority sectors. This eleventh edition of our “SESEI Newsletter Europe”, has all this and much more.

As recognized by EU through its “Joint Communication – Elements for an EU Strategy on India” , India is one of the fastest growing economy amongst the developing nations and is seen as a large market player and is a natural partner with a considerable consumer power, a manufacturing hub with skilled labour and technology advancements. India has taken initiative to consolidate its position at the World forum while representing the developing nations, and asked WTO that developing countries need to maintain policy space in certain aspects of ecommerce such as ownership and use and flow of data especially in the wake of the deployment of new technologies like IoT, M2M, etc. India is also under the process of drafting a new Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) which will be WTO compliant and would help boost the country’s exports.

For the development of Smart Cities and other sustainable development in India, Germany has promised 765 million Euros in 2018. Germany is also collaborating closely with India on many big-ticket infrastructure and technology transfer projects. The German Ambassador launched the Smart City Innovation Lab – the intellectual platform for technology sharing. 2019 appears to be a promising year for the Smart City projects as 50 out of 100 command centers are expected to be fully functional by the end of 2019.

In the automotive sector creation of an effective ecosystem for the Electrical Vehicles is of paramount priority to the Government and all the necessary policies and regulatory steps are being taken. The Ministry of Power (MoP) has announced guidelines and standards for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in India. Through these guidelines, the government aims to enable faster adoption of EVs, and support the development of EV charging infrastructure throughout the country. These guidelines will allow private charging stations to be setup at residences, and distribution companies (DISCOMs) will facilitate the same. The National Thermal Power Corporation of India (NTPC) is also collaborating with the vehicle aggregators like Ola, Uber, Zoom car etc. for development and utilization of public charging infrastructure. NTPC is also planning to provide charging solutions for the entire range of electric vehicles ranging from electric buses to electric 2/3-wheelers and developing associated e-mobility ecosystem across the country and is currently under discussion with various State/City administrations.

In the ICT sector, the current thrust of the government is towards introduction of 5G services in the country. The government expects to complete the processes for 5G spectrum auction by August 2019 and the implementation of services by 2020. The government has also freed a set of spectrum in the 5 Ghz band from licensing for providing Wi-fi and partially 5G services by telecom companies.

It is also very encouraging that India is slowly but surely becoming electronics hub for the handset and component manufacturing. A total 268 mobile handset and component manufacturing units have been setup in India and are creating more than 670K jobs. A similar trend is also witnessed in the automotive sector, where automotive giants like Volkswagen and Volvo are setting up their manufacturing and assembly units in India.

Apart from the manufacturing in India (Make in India), smart energy and deployment of smart metes has also been the main agenda items in the electrical sector. The national energy policy is being drafted by the Niti Aayog (think tank of the govt.) which shall lay down the road map for the country’s push towards renewable energy.

Many more such news and updates have been captured in this 11th edition of our newsletter, which shall hopefully make the newsletter an interesting and informative read for all of you.

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