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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 5th global conference on cyber space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fifth edition of Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in New Delhi. GCCS is one of world’s largest conferences on cyber space. It is for first time organized in India.

The theme of the two-day conference is “Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development”.

Key Facts

The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), under the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) is main agency to organize GCCS 2017 on behalf of Government of India. Representatives from 124 countries and 33 Ministerial delegates from 31 countries are attending GCCS 2017.

It is also expected to attract over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries. Besides that, industry, civil society and academia from various countries will also participate.

Objectives of GCCS 2017 are to promote importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, defend the status quo of open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, create political commitment for capacity building initiatives to address digital divide and assist countries, and develop security solutions in balanced fashion that duly acknowledge importance of the private sector and technical community.

Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS)

It is prestigious global event where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, cyber wizards etc gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.

It was launched to establish internationally agreed rules of road for behavior in cyberspace and create more focused and inclusive dialogue between all those with stake in internet (governments, civil society and industry).

The first edition of GCCS was held in London in 2011. Later it was held in Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013), The Hague (2015).

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India, Qatar inks five agreements

India and Qatar have signed five agreements including in the field of visas, cyberspace and investments.

These agreements were signed after bilateral talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in New Delhi.

Singed Agreements are
  • Protocol on Technical Cooperation in cyber space and combating cybercrime.
  • Letter of Intent on an Agreement on grant of e-Visa for businessmen and tourists
  • MoU on greater collaboration and exchange in the field of national ports management.
  • Agreement on exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, special and official passports.
  • MoU between Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Bilateral talks

Both sides held bilateral talks on key issues of energy, trade and security. India expressed its keenness to invest in hydrocarbon projects in Qatar. They also agreed to enhance cooperation in defence and security in particular in cybersecurity and jointly tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. Qatar welcomed Indian investment in the port sector of Qatar. It also invited India’s participation in infrastructure and investment opportunities coming up in the wake of Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022.  They also discussed the regional situation, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

India-Qatar Relations

India enjoys close and friendly relations with Qatar. The relationship is based on mutually beneficial commercial exchanges and extensive people-to-people contacts. Qatar is one of the most important trading partner of India in the Gulf region and important contributor to India’s energy security. It is the largest supplier of LNG to India, accounting for 66% of the total imports in 2015-16. Indians form the largest expatriate community (around 630,000) in Qatar. They have provided positive contribution in the progress and development of Qatar.

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