The Telecommunications Industry Association has praised the U.S. and Indian governments for their first round of discussions at the U.S.-India Information and Communications Technologies Working Group that met in Washington D.C. Dec. 7-8.
The inaugural meeting was co-chaired by the State Department's U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Ambassador David Gross and Additional Secretary M. Madhavan Nambiar of India's Department of Information Technology.
"Cooperation between our two countries in communications and IT is essential to both economies," says TIA President Matthew Flanigan. "As two of the largest communications markets in the world, there are many opportunities for mutually beneficial commercial cooperation and policy discussions. TIA looks forward to being an active industry supporter of the U.S.-India ICT Dialogue."
The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Dialogue was launched in July during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to the United States. In recognition of the impact ICT has on the future of the U.S.-India bilateral relations, this initiative is an extension of the present economic dialogue and will complement the ongoing High Technology Cooperation Group.
The Washington discussions focused on investment, regulation and opportunities for collaboration in universal service, liberalization, the appropriate government role in the adoption of new technology and market access issues.
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