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India, US Strengthen Strategic Partnership With New Ambitious Initiatives

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New Delhi: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval chaired the second meeting of the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) in New Delhi on Monday.

During the meeting, Sullivan and Doval emphasized their commitment to breakthrough achievements in priority technology areas. They focused on co-production, co-development, and research and development opportunities, underscoring the importance of secure, reliable, and cost-competitive technology solutions for both nations and their global partners.

Sullivan and Doval stressed the need to prevent the leakage of sensitive technologies to countries of concern and to address barriers to bilateral trade and industrial cooperation. They noted progress under the Strategic Trade Dialogue and the iCET intersessional review meeting held in December 2023.

In addition to the iCET meeting, the NSAs hosted an industry roundtable with CEOs and thought leaders from both countries, mobilizing private sector investment and partnerships across strategic technology sectors.

Key Initiatives Discussed

Innovation Ecosystems

– Unlocking over $90 million in government funding for the U.S.-India Global Challenges Institute over the next five years.
– Announcing nearly $5 million in funding awards for joint U.S.-India research projects in telecommunications, autonomous vehicles, and machine learning.
– Addressing regulatory barriers for startups through the “Innovation Handshake” initiative and promoting STEM partnerships through the Global Diversity Export Initiative.

Space Technology Cooperation

– Securing a carrier for the first joint NASA-ISRO astronaut mission to the International Space Station.
– Concluding a Strategic Framework for Human Spaceflight Cooperation and preparing for the launch of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite.
– Launching new partnerships with Indian startups for space situational awareness and data fusion technologies.

Defense Cooperation

– Discussing India’s planned acquisition of MQ-9B platforms and co-production of land warfare systems.
– Celebrating the second INDUS-X Summit and launching the INDUSWERX Testing Consortium.
– Advancing defence industrial partnerships and co-production initiatives.

Telecommunications

– Finalizing the U.S.-India Open RAN Acceleration Roadmap and promoting 5G and 6G collaborations.
– Building partnerships for large-scale Open RAN deployments and workforce development opportunities.

Biotechnology

– Launching a Track 1.5 Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Consortium and establishing joint funding opportunities for biotechnology innovation.

Semiconductor Supply Chains 

– Launching a strategic partnership for semiconductor design and manufacturing.
– Expanding engagement with investors to build India’s semiconductor ecosystem.

Quantum and AI Collaboration

– Initiating new cooperation in quantum science and technology.
– Expanding cooperation in quantum communication and high-performance computing.

The meeting underscored the vital importance of the US-India partnership in advancing global technology leadership, enhancing security, and fostering innovation.

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