The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 7, 2020, approved the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of cyber-security between India and Japan.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday authorized signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) within the discipline of cyber security between India and Japan. Both sides, by means of the MoC, will affirm cooperation within the worldwide area together with within the United Nations, discussing and sharing methods and greatest practices to advertise the integrity of the availability chain of ICT (data communication know-how) merchandise, an official assertion stated.
Memorandum of Cooperation between India & Japan:
“The memorandum will enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest, which include inter-alia, capacity building in the area of cyberspace, protection of critical infrastructure; cooperation in emerging technologies; sharing information on cyber security threats/incidents and malicious cyber activities, as well as best practices to counter them,” it added.
The MoC will also provide both the nations the best practices to counter cyber security threats and cooperate in emerging technologies.
Under the settlement, India and Japan will develop joint mechanisms for sensible cooperation to mitigate cyber threats to the safety of ICT infrastructure. The settlement will goal at strengthening the safety of ICT infrastructure by means of government-to-government and business-to-business cooperation, persevering with dialogue and engagement in web governance fora, and to assist energetic participation by all of the stakeholders of the 2 nations in these fora.
It said India and Japan are committed to an “open, interoperable, free, fair, secure and reliable” cyberspace environment and will work towards promoting the internet as an engine of innovation and economic growth.
As per the official statement, through MoC both the nations will affirm cooperation in the international arena including the United Nation, sharing and discussing strategies and best practices to promote the integrity of the supply chain of information communication technology- ICT products.
The approval to the pact by the cabinet comes in the mind of growing concerns over cyber attacks from China, particularly after India banned over 100 mobile apps with Chinese links.
The memorandum will enhance the cooperation between India and Japan in the areas of mutual interest, which includes protection of the critical infrastructure, capacity building in the field of cyberspace, exchanging information on cyber security threats, and malicious cyber activities. The MoC will also provide both the nations the best practices to counter them and cooperate in the emerging technologies.
The MoC signed between India and Japan aims at strengthening the security of information communication technology through cooperation between business to business and government to government, continuing engagement and dialogue in internet governance fora as well as to support the participation by all the stakeholders of both the countries in these fora.
Commitment to combat cyber threats:
Under the signed agreement, both the nations will be developing joint mechanisms for practical cooperation to combat the cyber threats to the security of ICT infrastructure.
According to the official statement, India and Japan commit to an open, free, interoperable, fair, reliable, and secure cyberspace environment. They also plan to promote the internet as an engine of economic growth, innovation, and trade and commerce that will be consistent with their respective international obligations and domestic laws, and with their wide-ranging strategic partnership.
Other major decisions taken by Cabinet:
• Another Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed between the Zoological Survey of India and its Canadian counterpart on bar coding of faunal genomes.
• The cabinet also approved the ratification of seven chemicals that have been listed under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). It is a global treaty to protect the environment and human health from POPs. These are identified chemical substances that persist in the environment, adversely affect human health, bio-accumulate in living organisms, and have the property of long-range environmental transport.
• The Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed that the cabinet has also given its approval for the revised estimate cost for the East-West Corridor of the Kolkata Metro Rail Project.
The Government has given its nod to major reforms in the marketing of Natural Gas in the country. The Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, approved the reforms to push the usage of Natural Gas.
Briefing the media in New Delhi, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government will initiate standardized e-bidding for bringing transparency in the price of Natural Gas in the country.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed that the Cabinet has also given its approval for the revised estimate cost for East West Corridor of the Kolkata Metro Rail Project.
Mr Goyal said that the project, with an estimated cost of nearly 8 thousand 575 crore rupees, will be open for the public by December 2021. He said the total Route length of the East-West Metro Corridor in Kolkata will be 16.6 kilometer and will have 12 stations.
The cabinet also gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of cyber-security between India and Japan.
The MoC will enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest, which includes capacity building in the area of cyberspace, protection of critical infrastructure, cooperation in emerging technologies, sharing information on cyber security threats and malicious cyber activities. Another MoU was signed between Zoological Survey of India and its Canadian Counterpart on bar coding of faunal Genomes.
The Cabinet also approved the ratification of seven chemicals listed under Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and environment from POPs, which are identified chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate in living organisms, adversely affect human health and have the property of long-range environmental transport.
Both sides, through the MoC, affirm cooperation in the international arena including in the United Nations; Discussing and sharing strategies and best practices to promote the integrity of the supply chain of ICT products; Strengthening the security of ICT infrastructure through Government-to-Government and Business-to-Business cooperation; Continuing dialogue and engagement in Internet governance fora, and to support active participation by all the stakeholders of the two countries in these fora.