India, Japan Look to ASEAN to Implement Digital Policies

India, Japan Look to ASEAN to Implement Digital Policies

by October 31, 2020

Digital Transformation

The duo has agreed to separate deals with ASEAN on various disruptive technology issues

The integrity of international communities and countries across the globe is very important for the improvement of disruptive technologies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening new doors every day. Hackers are just around the window trying to sneak-peak at the data that is gathered by technology. Henceforth, international unity to have a cybersecurity check along with funding and development of tech sector is mandatory.

The usual flow of research and innovation in technology is highly disrupted in recent times. With a series of tech news like Huawei products being blocked at various countries and TikTok and other Chinese apps being banned in the United States and India, the digital industry has gone into a mode of frenzy. Even though when commercial tech organisations are moving on with their work-life, many countries are lacking behind in normal growth. However, gathering the whole world to comply with a single guideline is difficult to achieve. But countries that are in close proximity as a region and have similar view towards the development of the nation can try to impose a single framework that will work for all.

India and Japan have taken a step forward to generalise disruptive technologies. The duo has agreed on separate deals to cooperate with the ASEAN Nations on various digital issues.


India and Japan’s Action plan with ASEAN

At the 13th ASEAN Japan Cyber Policy meeting that was co-hosted by Japan and Cambodia, the participants discussed about cybersecurity cooperation and collaboration activities between ASEAN and Japan.

The virtual meet saw officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and the ASEAN Secretariat discussed the outcomes of three working group meetings held earlier. Representatives from each country also provided updated info on the progress of their individual national cybersecurity policies and strategies.

India, on the other hand, has come up with the India-ASEAN Action Plan 2021-2025. The five-year plan unravels how India will expand its cooperation with ASEAN countries in areas like trade, investment, and security in various forms including border security, maritime security, and cybersecurity.

Both countries are also showing importance to emerging technologies in artificial intelligence and machine learning. They find exchanging information to be the best practice in regards to the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The recent industrial revolution is focused on digitizing factories and making a supply chain that connects everyone starting from manufacturers to dealers, distributors, deliverymen and customers.

Other critical components of the plan are to address issues such as maritime cooperation, sustainable development, improving maritime resources, connectivity in both physical and digital domains, and increasing people to people contact through initiatives such as health, education and tourism.

The announcements by both the countries come after India and Japan themselves confined to a new agreement to explore innovation strategies that completely circumnavigate China. The countries will cooperate in 5G technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), security and supply chain resilience in the areas of critical information infrastructure.

India has been initiating 5G for a long time now. But the move was delayed after Huawei collapse as India had planned to take up the company’s tools to implement 5G technology. However, India has been getting American allies to utilize 5G infrastructure and services. The agreement is expected to be a digital breakthrough in the ASEAN region.