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Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
17 JUN 2019 6:37PM by PIB Delhi
Commerce & Industry Minister Meets Industry Stakeholders on E-Commerce & Data Localization

PiyushGoyal meeting with Industry stakeholders on e-Commerce and data localization

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, PiyushGoyal is holding a meeting with Industry stakeholders on e-Commerce and data localization in New Delhi today.

Common issues for discussion include opportunities for India in the growing digital economy, value addition in Indian GDP due to advent of e-commerce, understanding data flows from four aspects – privacy, security, safety and free choice, ownership and sharing of data, gains and costs of cross border flow of data and means to monitor use of data.

Issues like strengths and weaknesses of Indian companies who may benefit from e-commerce, threats from large foreign competition, level playing field and impact of anti-competitive practices such as predatory pricing and other discriminatory practices are expected to come up for discussion during Commerce Minister’s meeting with Indian e-Commerce companies.Gains and costs of cross border flow of data, ownership and sharing of data and efficiency gains and losses on utilizing Indian data servers, emails, clouds are likely to be deliberated during his meeting with e-Commerce companies.

Anticipated increase in costs and efficiency losses due to data localization, timeline to create a data infrastructure to comply with data localisation norms and developing Indian data servers, clouds, emails: Scope, coverage, advantages, disadvantages, costs and gains are some of the issues which may figure during PiyushGoyal’s meeting with Indian IT companies. Anticipated increase in costs and efficiency losses due to data localization, monitoring use of data from lens of privacy, security, safety and choice and efficiency gains and losses on utilizing Indian data servers, emails, clouds are the issues on the agenda of the Minister’s meeting with foreign IT firms.

The meeting is being attended by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, SomParkash, Secretary, DPIIT, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Deputy Governor ofRBI,B.P. Kanungo,senior officers from Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Commerce & DPIIT. Representatives of e- Commerce companies are attending the meeting.

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