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SESEI 3 Newsletter, Europe Issue 10, October 2018

A very warm welcome and a very Happy Diwali (Festival of Lights) in advance to all our readers. We are pleased to bring you this tenth edition of our “Project SESEI Newsletter – Europe” providing latest policy, regulatory and technical news from India around Project SESEI focus areas.

Make in India (MII) initiative is one of the main focus of Government of India as it aims to take the GDP contribution from manufacturing of the country to 25% by 2022. The Public procurement policy has made preference for procurement of make in India goods & services with a view to enhancing income and employment. Similar steps have also been ensured in the new draft policy on Electronic manufacturing, National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP), which shall hopefully encourage manufacturing in India for the country as well as for the World. The Government of India has also imposed stringent quality checks and higher custom duties for many products, primarily electrical/ electronic goods, solar photovoltaic cells etc.

To shorten the time to market, encourage start-up eco system, and local entrepreneurship, India has also taken several steps such as reducing time for granting patents and trademarks with a hope that this will help in growing the economy of the country at a faster pace. Capacity/Skill building, job creation are other important facets that the government is working on simultaneously.

Recently the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs initiated Smart cities fellowship and internship program which will provide the youth an opportunity to experience the aspects of Urban planning and governance. This initiative is started to promote ‘Digital India’ and “ease of living” for India’s urban residents by promoting digital payments and encouraging Smart Cities to adopt innovative digital payments initiatives.

Similar, to the Mobility Package in Europe, Indian government through appropriate ministries and its think tank – Niti Aayog is rapidly working towards creating the cohesive policy and regulatory environment for smooth transition to the electric mobility in India. A report on shared mobility was also released by Niti Aayog titled “Moving Forward Together: Enabling Shared Mobility in India”. Stating that India can cumulatively save up to 1.5 gigatonnes of CO2 through 2035 if sharing and vehicle electrification is promoted. A new stable policy regime around electric and automated vehicles and alternative fuels is likely to be announced soon which will also focus on increased investments for manufacturing of electric vehicles and the required charging infrastructure. The Union government also plans to provide ₹1,000 crore (125M euro) as starting subsidy for building a nationwide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as it seeks to expedite the roll-out of India’s ambitious EV programme.

In the ICT sector, 5G has taken the center stage, “High Level Forum on 5G” as constituted under the leadership of Department of Telecom, Ministry of communication recently released its report on ‘Making India 5G ready’, with a vision of the government to accelerate the allocation and auctioning of 5G spectrum in the country. SESEI in his individual capacity as part of two task forces names “Education Awareness Promotion” and Action plan for participation in Global Standards & Forums” contributed to this report. Government is also working towards setting up Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence to keep pace with the 5G deployments and to have robust security solutions for cyberspace as India moves towards a digital society. On 5G, Ericsson along with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has launched the 5G innovation lab. Following the footsteps of European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, India has also drafted a Data Protection and Privacy ACT, which was released for feedback and is expected to be placed before the parliament during the next winter session. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on this subject of Data Privacy also released its recommendations on “Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector”. These recommendations are specifically aimed at privacy, security and ownership of data of telecommunication users, while at the same time attempt to strike a balance with respect to use of data for data-based businesses.

Government is also scaling up the Energy Efficiency programmes to curb the greenhouse gas emissions as well as boost the use of clean, renewable energy for domestic as well as industrial usage. The Govt, think tank – NITI Aayog has proposed a common nodal energy ministry on the lines of the model followed in various other countries and is also working upon the second draft of the National Energy Policy. The government of India has also signed a $220million loan agreement and a $80 million guarantee pact with the World Bank to push energy efficiency programme in India. India has also signed up with KfW, a leading German financial institution, for a €200 million loan to fund renewable energy project. India and Germany have also signed agreements on financial and technical cooperation worth Euro 653.7 Million within the framework of the Indo-German development cooperation which will focus on urban mobility, climate resilience etc.

Many more such news and updates have been captured in this edition of newsletter for Europe, which will make it an interesting and informative read for all of you. We will eagerly await your comments feedback, and suggestions for making this newsletter even better and informative. Happy Reading!

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