New Delhi: In an effort to streamline
international relations, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has
asked the departments of Post, IT and Telecom to identify the
15 countries that are most strategically important to the
nation with a view to develop a database of actionable areas.
Sibal is preparing a roadmap to restructure the
International Relations Division, which comes under Ministry
of Communications and IT, for compilation and utilisation of
country-specific information, as well as a database for
sector-specific information, to assist in diplomatic
"The International Relations Division needs to be
restructured to play a key role in this regard, so as to
prepare and utilise a country-specific information database
for developing suggested strategies," Minister for
Communications and IT Sibal said in an internal note.
He further said in a globalised economy, a focused
approach to international relations is vital for improving
public services offered to society.
The department needs to have a sector-specific
information database for strategically major countries and
regions, which can be utilised to develop focused strategies
in international relations.
According to sources, the minister is taking a keen
interest in reviving the International Relations Division of
the DoT to increase cooperation between different departments
of the ministry on international developments.
Last week, he met senior officials of the Department of
Telecom, Department of Information Technology and Department
of Post to ascertain the current situation with respect to
cooperation on international objectives.
The note further added that Sibal has asked for the
presentation of a National Information Database on the 15-most
strategically important countries and identification of key
action areas for strategic cooperation with these nations.
Efforts made in past with respect to key action areas and
the outcome of these efforts and future strategies for areas
of cooperation with these nations would also be discussed, the
"... These country-specific strategies will be reviewed
at the secretary level on a monthly basis and on a quarterly
basis at my level," Sibal said.
As per the Department of Telecom`s (DoT) website, the
Department currently has bilateral memorandums of
understanding (MoUs) and agreements with 18 countries in the
field of telecommunications and IT, namely Kuwait, Uzbekistan,
Israel, Iran, Mexico, Germany, Belarus, France, South Africa,
South Korea, Mauritius, Mongolia, Cyprus, Russia, Myanmar,
Australia, Sudan and Tunisia.
Since taking charge of the ministry, Sibal has taken a
slew of measures to pave the way for a new era in the telecom
sector, which also includes announcements to bring in the
National Telecom Policy - 2011, New Postal Act and New
Electronics and IT Act.