The BRICS’ Communication Ministers prepared an action plan to institutionalise cooperation in Information and Communication Technologies arena through

identifiable goals and objectives for developing knowledge societies in the group.

 

What

  1. “The action plan envisages digital partnership to institutionalise cooperation in ICT through identifiable goals and objectives for developing knowledge societies in the group,” said a communique issued at the end of the second meeting of the BRICS Communications Ministers in India’s Silicon Valley in Bengaluru.
  2. Briefing the media, Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha said the question is not of creating jobs or getting investments, but is all about cooperation between BRICS nations.
  3.  “When jobs come, then facilities will also come”. The meeting emphasised the need to enhance ICT research and development expenditure to develop multiple paths for innovation and new technologies for value addition in exports and generate employment for youth, Sinha said.
  4. The meeting decided to develop content in local languages and enhance digital skill sets for participation in the digital economy.
  5. The Ministers also said the new technologies and applications through IoTs (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine) provide opportunity for collaboration to drive programmes under various sectors in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of WSIS World Summit of the Information Society.
  6. The ministers recognised the criticality to develop trust and security in the use of ICTs, services and applications to enable their widespread use while protecting privacy and consumer rights, the communique said.
  7. The meeting also recognised the role of ICT in improving the quality of life and governance for its citizens.