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India-Japan can partner in software, hardware: Sibal

Posted on Feb 13, 07:06PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 13 : India and Japan can partner using their strengths of Indian expertise in software and Japanese expertise in hardware, and explore the upcoming markets, said Union Minister for Communications and IT Kapil Sibal.

"For this end, dedicated teams between the two countries would be required," Sibal said while meeting with Toshimitsu Motegi, the Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, here.

He also informed the Japanese minister that it is intended to have a nodal officer in the Ministry of C and IT as a pointsperson for issues between the two countries, and expressed the hope that Japan could also appoint such an officer.

Sibal hoped that Japan and India should jointly develop standards, for example for 4G and for 5G.

He informed Motegi that India is already setting up testing labs.

He also spoke about the incentives provided in the National Policy on Electronics, especially with regard to the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters.

Speaking about the concerns that are appearing in the press regarding PMA, Sibal said that a foreign company which manufactures in India will qualify as a domestic manufacturer.

He said that these guidelines are being brought to encourage electronics manufacture in India, to address India's import bill on the account of electronics becoming too high.