India, Australia convene fifth bilateral Cyber Policy Dialogue in New Delhi

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Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership.

India and Australia held their fifth bilateral cyber policy dialogue on November 17, 2022 in New Delhi.

Important facts

  • The Cyber Policy Dialogue was held under the aegis of the India-Australia Framework on Cyber and Cyber-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation and Action Plan 2020-2025 for Comprehensive and Deepening Cyber Cooperation.

  • The dialogue was co-chaired by Joint Secretary (Cyber Diplomacy Division) Muanpuii Saiawi from the Ministry of External Affairs.

  • The Indian delegation consisted of senior officials from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MEITY), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and CERT-In.

  • The Australian delegation included senior officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Industry, Science and Resources and the Australian Federal Police.

  • Both sides agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration with the private sector and academia, including the Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership.

  • In addition, India and Australia will jointly organise a Cyber Bootcamp and Cyber and Tech Policy Exchange in collaboration with Indo-Pacific partners and the 6th India-Australia Cyber Policy Dialogue will be held in 2023.

Agenda of Dialogue

  • The Cyber Policy Dialogue provides a bilateral forum to discuss high-profile issues of mutual interest.

  • It discussed strategic priorities, cyber threat assessment, capacity building for next generation telecommunications (including 5G technology) and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, and the latest developments in cyber at the United Nations.

About Australia

  • Prime Minister: Anthony Albanese

  • Governor-General: David Hurley

  • Capital: Canberra

  • Currency: Australian dollar

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