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The Ministry of External Affairs is to set up NEST

The Ministry of External Affairs is to set up NEST

The external affairs ministry on 1st January 2020 announced to set up of new, emerging and strategic technologies (NEST) division. This development comes close on the heels of the government allowing all network equipment makers, including Huawei, to participate in 5G trials.

Key Points:

  • NEST would act as a nodal division within the ministry for issues which pertains to new and emerging technologies.
  • It will help in collaboration with foreign partners in the field of 5G and artificial intelligence.
  • Its mandate will include, but not be limited to, evolving India’s external technology policy in coordination with domestic stakeholders and in line with India’s developmental priorities and national security goals.
  • This will also help assess foreign policy and international legal implications of new and emerging technologies and technology-based resources, and recommend appropriate foreign policy choice.

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