India and ASEAN approve digital work plan to tackle use of stolen mobile handsets

The work plan was approved during the 2nd ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN) with India, which was held virtually on Friday.

India and ASEAN countries have jointly approved a work plan under which they will develop a system to combat the use of stolen and counterfeit mobile handsets, among others, an official statement said on Saturday. The work plan was approved during the 2nd ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN) with India, which was held virtually on Friday.

“The Ministers’ Meeting approved the India-ASEAN Digital Work Plan 2022. The work plan includes a system to combat the use of stolen and counterfeit mobile handsets, wifi access network interface for public internet national, capacity building and knowledge sharing in emerging areas in the field of information and communication technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, advanced satellite communication, cybercrime , etc.,” the statement read.

ADGMIN is an annual meeting of telecommunications ministers from 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and dialogue partner countries – Australia, Canada, China, EU, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, UK and USA.

The Ministry of Telecommunications in December 2019 had launched a portal to help people in Delhi-NCR block and trace their stolen or lost mobile phones. The project is supported by the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system, which was undertaken by the telecommunications department to address security, theft and other issues, including reprogramming of mobile handsets.

During the meeting, Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enables and strengthens democratic systems and institutions through increased engagement between citizens and government. State.

He added that the use of ICT promotes freedom of expression, human rights and the free flow of information in addition to expanding the possibilities of citizens to participate in the decision-making process and has the potential to transform the lives of people living in rural areas, according to the statement.

Chauhan said technology has become a powerful tool in mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is not only a challenge for the public health system but also has a negative impact on the economy and the social order of countries.

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