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Turnbull bolsters Australian ICT with international dialogue

Turnbull bolsters Australian ICT with international dialogue

Communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull meets with Japanese delegation to dicusss ICT policy

Communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with Japanese officials to discuss policy co-operation between the two nations on information and communication technology.

The meeting is the first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Dialogue.

Turnbull met the Japanese delegation led by Yasuo Sakamoto, vice-minister for policy coordination (International Affairs), ministry of internal affairs and communications of Japan.

The dialogue, expected to be the first of many, was initiated through a bilateral meeting between the former minister for internal affairs and communications of Japan, Yoshitaka Shindo and Turnbull, in April last year.

It was formally established under the joint statement by Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and prime minister, Tony Abbott, on July 8, 2014.

Representatives discussed mobile roaming rates between the two countries ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The discussion also reaffirmed cooperation on agricultural and geospatial projects using Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) that operates over both nations

According to a joint statement, the dialogue recognised the substantial benefits to tourists and business people from international mobile roaming rates that were transparent and reasonable.

"Japanese and Australian representatives will explore opportunities for consumers to benefit from lower mobile roaming costs between the two countries focusing on data, particularly in the lead up to the Olympic Games being held in Tokyo in 2020," the statement said.

"Japanese and Australian representatives will continue to cooperate on projects demonstrating the capability of the QZSS.

"The QZSS is a satellite system, similar to Global Positioning Systems (GPS), that operates over Japan and Australia and results in continuous coverage of both countries. The cutting edge global satellite navigation system allows for advanced positioning to be used for commercial benefit."

The dialogue also discussed international cooperation on internet governance; the use of ICTs in health, aged care, disaster risk reduction and critical infrastructure protection; privacy and data protection.

Japanese and Australian representatives agreed they would strengthen their cooperation in these various fields of ICT.

Further, the Australian Government’s recent announcement of the Digital Transformation Office was also discussed.

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