India and Japan sign a new agreement about IT, AI and submarine cable network.
On Saturday, January 16, the Union Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad signed a new agreement with Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Takeda Ryota. This agreement between India and Japan talks about the IT (Information Technology) sector that mentions about increasing co-operation in 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and submarine cable network.
While signing the agreement, Takeda Ryota said that he was satisfied with the critical importance for both the countries to deepen the understanding in several different fields as both, India and Japan, share a larger diplomatic vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. He also added that he was very happy to have signed the understanding agreement in the field of digital and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with our Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
This agreement is considered to show a higher level of trust among the two countries as the IT sector has lately become a very important part of the daily livelihood of people throughout the world. When talking about 5G, Ryota said that their country is ready to share their knowledge, proficiency, and work, all together for the triumphant launch of 5G in India.
Talking about AI, Japan already has technical know-how about Artificial Intelligence and optic fiber cables in our country. This is because a Japanese company, NEC, had installed some submarine optical fiber cables between Andaman & Nicobar and Chennai. This was inaugurated in August 2020, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is another Japanese company that has been working on AI for India. Their company Olympus has been working with the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad to introduce AI-assisted diagnosis of colonoscopy.
Talking about the relationship between IT and its effects on the economy, Takeda said, “Under the COVID pandemic, it is increasingly recognized that the digital transformation is becoming even more important. In order to accelerate the digital transformation across society, we would like to further engage in cooperative projects in the ICT with India.”