India plays crucial role in Quad, cybersecurity issues take center stage, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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New Delhi, India once again asserted its leadership role at the recently concluded Quad Summit in Japan. The second in-person Quad Summit attended by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and US President Joe Biden in Tokyo on May 24 was important to show their unwavering commitment to a free and open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.

The four leaders launched a new maritime domain awareness initiative, the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA), designed to work with regional partners to respond to humanitarian and natural disasters and combat illegal fishing.

Quad partners bring together decades of skills and experience to catalyze infrastructure delivery in the region and are committed to working closely with partners and the region to drive public and private investment to fill the gaps . To achieve this, the Quad will seek to extend more than $50 billion in aid and infrastructure investment in the Indo-Pacific, over the next five years.

Reviewing Quad’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, executives commended the increased manufacturing capacity of the Biological-E facility in India and called for the prompt granting of EUL approval by the WHO so that the delivery of the vaccines can begin. The leaders welcomed India’s donation of 525,000 doses of Made in India vaccines to Thailand and Cambodia in April 2022 under the Quad Vaccine Partnership.

They will continue to pursue a holistic approach to managing the pandemic by addressing the challenges of last-mile delivery and distribution, increasing regional health security through cooperation in genomic surveillance and clinical trials, and strengthening the global health security architecture, according to Quad’s joint statement.

A Quad Climate Change Action and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) has been announced to bolster efforts towards green shipping, clean energy including green hydrogen, and climate and disaster resilient infrastructure. Prime Minister Modi reiterated the importance of supporting countries in the region to meet their COP26 commitments through the mobilization of climate finance and technology transfer.

In an increasingly digital world with sophisticated cyber threats, Quad members recognized the urgent need for a collective approach to strengthening cybersecurity. To achieve the Quad Leaders’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, the forum is committed to improving the defense of critical infrastructure of its member countries by sharing threat information, identifying and assessing potential risks. in supply chains for digital products and services. , and align core software security standards for government procurement, leveraging our collective buying power to improve the broader software development ecosystem so that all users can benefit.

Quad Partners will coordinate capacity building programs in the Indo-Pacific region under the Quad Cybersecurity Partnership and launch the first-ever Quad Cybersecurity Day to help individual internet users across nations, the Indo-Pacific region and beyond better protect themselves. against cyber threats.

As part of ongoing work related to critical and emerging technologies, Quad’s Joint Statement of Principles on Critical Technology Supply Chains was launched. The four countries will coordinate capacity building programs for the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen the region’s critical cybersecurity infrastructure.

The Prime Minister called for greater Quad collaboration to build reliable global supply chains and spoke about the national framework adopted in India to create a semiconductor ecosystem in India.

A Quad Partnership on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) for the Indo-Pacific was announced by leaders to enable more effective and faster responses to disasters in the region. Leaders agreed to provide countries in the region with Earth observation data resources through a Quad Satellite Data Portal to help track climate events, disaster preparedness and the sustainable use of marine resources. India will play a proactive role in this effort given its long standing capabilities in using space data and technology for inclusive development.

Members said they will establish high-level, inclusive, free and fair trade commitments and develop new and creative approaches to trade and technology policy that advance a wide range of goals that fuel economic activity and investment, promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and benefit workers and consumers. Efforts include, but are not limited to, cooperation in the digital economy.

The Summit spoke of the commitment to improve the transparency, diversity, safety and sustainability of its supply chains to make them more resilient and better integrated.

“We seek to coordinate crisis response measures; expand cooperation to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of disruptions to better ensure business continuity; improve logistical efficiency and support; and ensure access to key raw and processed materials, semiconductors, critical minerals and clean energy technology materials,” the statement on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.

“In line with the goals and efforts of the Paris Agreement to support the livelihoods of our peoples and workers, we plan to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies to decarbonize our economies and strengthen the resilience to climate impacts.This involves deepening cooperation on technologies, on mobilizing finance, including concessional finance, and on finding ways to improve competitiveness and strengthen connectivity by supporting the development of sustainable and sustainable infrastructure and providing technical assistance.”

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