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SESEI 3 Newsletter, Europe Issue 09, July 2018

A very warm welcome to all our readers as we bring this ninth edition of our “Project SESEI Newsletter Europe”. Through this newsletter, it is our endeavor to update you with the latest Standards, regulatory and policy scenario and current market dynamic in India around our Project Priority sectors (Smart Cities, Automotive, ICT including Services and Electrical Equipment including Consumer Electronics) including R&D and Innovation, Make in India, Energy Efficiency, EU-INDIA/Trade/FTA/Investment etc.

We would like to begin by thanking all of you in making the success of the 3rd Indo-European Conference on Standards and Emerging Technology held on 26th April 2018, New Delhi, India. This 3rd conference in the series was an ongoing attempt to further build on the platform for having an effective and continuous dialogue between India and Europe around new and emerging technologies and as well identify key areas of collaboration. The focus of the conference this year was on Automotive, Smart Energy and ICT. During the conference three comprehensive study reports were released on these subjects. You may download the copy of study report, conference presentations and the event report from here (http://www.cii-iq.in/Indo_European_Conference.php).

Indian govt. is determined to implement stringent quality checks for the products and services. The Conformity Assessment Regulations 2017 as introduced by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) lays down the terms and conditions for grant, operation, suspension, renewal, cancellation of licences for using or applying a ‘Standard Mark’ on any article or goods.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has also released its Modified Surveillance Process under the Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) in order to curb the sale of non-registered and non-compliant goods. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has earlier mandated that, effective from 5th September 2018, all solar PV manufacturers will have to register their equipment with the BIS, this notification was further modified and date of coming into force of the said Order was advanced to 16th April, 2018 vide S.O. 1602(E) and for few items it was changed to 1st October 2018.

The 100th city under the Smart city mission was selected by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUD), however Smart Cities Mission is still very much a work in progress post three years of its launch and only 0.38% of the mission outlay has been utilized so far. The Niti Aayog which is the think tank of the Indian govt. is working on introducing new technologies and platforms to boost the implementation of Smart City solutions. It has recently released a discussion paper on “National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence” seeking public opinion and comments.

Things are also moving on a faster lane in the Automotive sector. A lot of emphasis is being given to creating an ecosystem for electrical charging of the E-Vehicles. With a goal of turning all vehicles electrical by 2030, India’s biggest challenge will be to have a smooth and effective automotive charging policy. In this regard, the government has already made amendments to the electricity Act 2003 while clarifying that the charging of batteries of electric vehicles through charging station does not require any license. It has also proposed to set up charging stations for electric vehicles every 3 KMs in cities with million-plus population and as part of smart cities, and every 50 km on busy national highways. Other initiatives in this sector are Zero emission policy, introduction of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) Phase II and purchase of Electrical vehicles for the govt. department which is under progress. Many new global entrants are now looking at India as the new market for E-Vehicles.

Similarly, in the ICT Sector, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has released the final draft National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP 2018). The policy recognizes importance of penetration of broadband/mobility, new emerging technologies such as 5G, M2M, fibre backhaul, AI, blockchain, building robust world class telecom infrastructure etc. Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also created a High-Level Forum for the faster introduction of 5G services in India and is also working on M2M/IoT policy framework. The implementation of GDPR in Europe has also sent Indian IT Companies in tizzy but appropriate measures are being adopted by them to ensure data protection of their European clients. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was also working on similar lines to create data privacy guidelines laying out broader principles on data ownership, security and privacy and now they have released the recommendations on it.

In the Electrical sector, Govt. is setting up higher benchmarks for the production of electricity and is encouraging the power generation through renewable sources, primarily solar and wind. Concurrently it is also working towards implementation of Smart grids and Smart meters across the country.

As per Indian Govt. statistics, there is steep rise in imports of electronic items in India and the Consumer Electronics and Appliances Industry in India is expected to become the fifth largest in the world by 2025 hence the government in its new electronic policy is proposing to boost the local manufacturing plans to attract sub-assembly manufacturers in India. Mega special economic zone (SEZ) are also likely to be set up in every state to boost manufacturing of electrical/electronic components.

An increase in investment from the European companies especially France, Germany, Sweden and UK has been witnessed and many MoU’s have been signed between the two regions to enhance the ongoing cooperation between India and Europe.

With this message, first I am taking this opportunity to wish you all a very happy summer break and
sincerely inviting you all to read this newsletter and earnestly share your comments and suggestions to make this newsletter even better and informative.

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