Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil
Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, chaired the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework
for National Policy on E-commerce held on 24 April 2018, according to a
The meeting saw
participation by senior officers of various ministries/ departments of the
Government of India involved in different aspects of e-commerce, including by
Secretaries’ of the Department of Commerce, Department of Industrial Policy and
Promotion, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Electronics and
Information Technology;Chairperson of two regulatory bodies - Competition
Commission of India and the TRAI; high level representatives from the industry
bodies, e-commerce companies, telecommunication companies and IT companies; and
The Think Tank on the Framework for National Policy on
E-commerce has been established recently by the Department of Commerce.
The Think Tank collectively deliberated on the
challenges confronting India in the arena of the digital economy and
e-commerce, with a view to developing a comprehensive and overarching national
policy on e-commerce. Some of the issues that were discussed by the think tank
included aspects of e-commerce and the digital economy like physical and
digital infrastructure, the regulatory regime, taxation policy, data flows,
server localisation, FDI, technology flows, skill development and trade-related
aspects. Global developments on e-commerce and evolving appropriate national
positions on the underlying issues, was another important dimension of the
discussions of the think tank.
One of the key outcomes of the first meeting of the
think tank was the decision to constitute a task force for preparing
recommendations for India's national policy on e-commerce. The task force will
be divided into various sub-groups, comprising representation from the
Government of India, e-commerce industry and experts with domain knowledge.
The task force will finalise its recommendations
within six months.