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September 28, 2012

FICCI Signs MoU with Internet Society

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Internet Society to cooperate on a range of Internet focused projects, reflecting the shared interests of the two organizations.

A global, mission-based organization, the Internet Society promotes the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of the Internet Society is focused on enhancing Internet access, development and capacity building across the region, driving IPv6 adoption, encouraging participation in the Internet standards development process and working with regional forums and stakeholders on Internet-related policy matters.Officials with Internet Society  said the first collaborative project of the Internet Society and FICCI will be an event, the India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC) on October 4-5 2012 in Delhi, India.

Officials said the agenda will cover a wide range of Internet issues, including the multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance, international telecommunication regulations and Internet governance, national priorities for broadband access, cyber security and privacy, Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6), and the Internet’s role in social and economic development.

“The Internet Society is a strong advocate of a free and open Internet. We look forward to collaborating with FICCI to develop and offer programs that reflect our mutual interests, especially in the critical areas of Internet policy and standards,” said Rajnesh Singh, Internet Society regional bureau director for Asia-Pacific.

“The Asia-Pacific regional bureau works closely with our Chapters, members, partners and stakeholders, and a wide range of regional organizations to drive initiatives focused on the continuation of an open Internet that promotes innovation, business opportunity, and development in the region,” said Singh.

Rajiv Kumar, secretary general, FICCI, commented that as the apex chamber of commerce in India, the FICCI appreciates the importance of a healthy Internet ecosystem and its growing role in world prosperity.

Kumar said the FICCI, jointly with the Internet Society, looks forward to taking a leading role in making the Internet a better place for all.

“With this landmark collaboration, we hope to work towards finding answers to a wide range of policy issues relating to Internet governance. We expect that the outcomes from the governance conference will help inform policy dialogue within India as well as shape the global agenda on Internet governance discourse,” he said. 

Edited by Braden Becker

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