Doval is reaching America with a big delegation. It includes five secretary-level officers and corporate leadership of Indian companies engaged in some of the latest research in India.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will hold key talks with the top US leadership, including his American counterpart Jake Sullivan, as part of the first high-level meeting on the Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET). Officials, scholars and industry experts believe that the talks could prove to be the next, major milestone in Indo-US relations after the Indo-US nuclear deal. Doval will reach Washington on Monday for ICET.
The officials of both the countries have kept silence regarding the agenda of the ICET meeting. Information about the decisions taken in this meeting is likely to be given after the end of the meeting between the two sides at the White House on January 31. India and the United States hope that this meeting will lay the foundation for the development of a trusted partner ecosystem between the corporate sectors of the two countries, so that the public-private partnerships that both countries thrive on the culture of startups will promote scientific research and technology. To successfully face the challenges arising due to dictatorial regimes in the region.
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Doval reached America with top officials
ICET was mentioned for the first time in a joint statement issued after the bilateral meeting of US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tokyo in May 2022. Doval is arriving in the US with an unusually large delegation, including five secretary-level officials and the corporate leadership of Indian companies that are doing some cutting-edge research in India.
ISRO Chairman, Scientific Advisor to PM also reached
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somnath, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister Ajay Kumar Sood, Scientific Adviser to Defense Minister G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary to the Department of Telecom K Rajaram and Defense Secretary are among the five secretary-level officers accompanying the NSA to the US. Sameer V Kamat, Director General, Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The goal is to provide affordable technology
Under ICET, the two countries have identified six areas of cooperation. Cooperation between the two countries will be based on the principle of co-development and co-production, which is gradually being implemented by the Quad (strategic grouping of the US, India, Australia, Japan), then NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) then Europe and the rest of the world. will be expanded. Its purpose is to provide such state-of-the-art technology to the rest of the world, which is comparatively very cheap. The six areas that India and the US have identified for cooperation under ICET include scientific research and development, quantum artificial intelligence, defense innovation, space and advanced communication methods such as 6G and semiconductors.
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