This Ministry is interacting under various multilateral forums like G20, BRICS , SCO and dealing the matters of international organizations such as United Nations, World Bank, UNESCAP etc. to showcase India's strength in ICT sector, protect its interests and to explore business opportunities for Indian industry.
G20 members include the G8 countries, namely, USA, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada and Russia; and the 11 emerging and developing countries, namely, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, South Africa and Turkey; and the EU. The European Union is represented by the President of the European Council and by the European Central Bank. G20 members accounted for the G20 accounts for more than 80% of world GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the population of the planet.
This Ministry is the nodal agency for the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) since 2016 to present India’s stance in various working group and ministerial meetings and negotiate various issues of Digital Economy to protect India’s interest and showcase India’s strength in the field of ICT.
MeitY has been involved in the BRICS Working Group on ICT and High Performamce Computing (HPC) led by Department of Science & Technology and Working Group on ICT Cooperation led by Department of Telecommunications to present country’s position on various ICT issues including digial economy, data for development, public digital platforms etc.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO):
SCO is an intergovernmental organization and comprises of eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia) and six Dialogue Partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey). MeitY interacts with SCO members to showcase India's strength in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, protect its interests and to explore new business opportunities for the Indian IT/ Software and Electronics industry.
MeitY is the nodal ministry for the Special Working Group on Modern Information & Telecommunication Technologies for cooperation in various areas of ICT.
UNESCAP - Asia Pacific Centre for ICT (APCICT):
APCICT is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and came into existence in June 2006 at Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Centre mission is to strengthen the efforts of the member countries of ESCAP to use ICT in their socio-economic development through human and institutional capacity building. To meet this objective, APCICT work is focused on three inter-related pillars. The centre is aimed at creating ICT-ready environment through capacity-building trainings and workshops. Its main areas are ICT applications and development; ICT for development policy, process and governance and e-Government applications.
India has been member of the Governing Council (GC) of APCICT since its inception and attending the GC meetings and attending the training programs/workshops/etc organized by APCICT. Towards cooperation with APCICT, the Ministry intends to extend its expertise towards development of multi-purpose community e-centers, enhancing Pacific connectivity for improved ICT access, furthering initiatives in HRD and capacity building, etc.