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9th February 2023 (7 Topics)

The Pact’s Fine Print


  • India-US initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET)announced in May 2022 at quadrilateral summit in Tokyo, comes half a century too late for India, but is fruitful for India’s development.

About Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET):

  • Lifting Trade restrictions: Indo-US technology cooperation will persuade the US to lift existing export control restrictions, and encouraging the private sector of both countries to cooperate in sensitive sectors.
  • Commitments for privacy: A mutual commitment to investing in advanced technologies, such as quantum computing, AI and space, as well as the critical field of semiconductor design and manufacture is chosen by both countries.
  • Need for India: India’s defence industrial complex has been struggling for decades and on which iCET must focus urgently.
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