The Project SESEI has now been in place for three years and all partners unanimously saw the benefits of raising awareness in India of the European standardisation system as well as receiving structured and focused information in Europe on Indian standardisation, regulatory initiatives and on the priority sectors it focused on. This economic and policy cooperation continues to be high on the agenda of all the partners and the presence of the SESEI has ensured consistency and durability of the relationship.
Therefore, capitalizing on the achievements of the Project SESEI 2, the European Standards Organisations (ESOs), the European Commission and EFTA agreed to continue with the SESEI project in order to deepen the European and Indian cooperation in standardization issues, from policy and regulatory exchange to technical dialogue. The third phase of the Project SESEI will make the most of the work accomplished during phase 2 and strengthen the links and extensive network built over the past three years. Some of the achievements of the Project SESEI are;
- The permanent presence of a team on-site in India has a clear added-value: it notably enables partners to anticipate developments requiring a reaction and to prepare such reaction based on a solid local network that was progressively build around the project.
- Project Awareness: One of the greatest benefit that SESEI expert has created for the project and for the project partners is building awareness to Indian Community about European standards and standardisation bodies. An extensive database of important officials / personnel’s across the sectorscreated by SESEI helps in connecting the EU and India more closely.
- Propagation of European Standards: The SESEI has carved a niche in the Indian standardisation community and is looked upon as an important proponent of European standards and is invited regularly to share experience and knowledge and contributions on standards, policy, legislation, innovation, research & development and evolving technologies. These meetings, events, interactions and queries are an important tool and platform to build credibility, create awareness not only about the European standards, policy & legislation but provided an excellent opportunity to showcase, communicate and inform about the new developments and technology innovations as being carried out by Europe through its stakeholders and Project Partners.
- Specialised Reports: During the Project specialized reports were prepared by SESEI on the key focus areas and in line with the Project strategy and scope. These reports are comprehensive and exhaustive providing a deep insight on the each of the topic. The availability of these reports to the project partners and their members has helped providing lot of clarity and direction on the landscape of standardization in India, EU investments in India, Understanding Sector profile, Security & Data Privacy Scenario, How India is improving its business environment etc. and the same have been widely appreciated and accepted.
- MoU’s and Establishment of Close Working Relationship with Indian Stakeholders: SESEI has played a crucial role in signing of MoU’s between Project partners and key Indian organisations and a close working relationship with Government and Sectorial Association or Forums. SESEI expert brought BIS closer to the ESOs and initiated a dialogue in relation to the establishment of partnerships between BIS and ETSI & BIS and CEN/CENELEC, including license agreement discussions for the adoption of EN115 (CEN). SESEI as an expert and local representative achieved a credible working relationship with Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), ISGF (India Smart Grid Forum), TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India), etc.
- MoU between COAI and ETSI: SESEI played a key role in signing of MoU between Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (“ETSI”). ETSI and the COAI have a reciprocal interest in avoiding duplication of technical work and would both benefit from adopting a complementary approach to the standardization process in the domains of mutual interest especially Green Energy / Energy Efficiency, Telecom Security, Smart Grid / Smart Meter, M2M, Intelligent Transport, etc.
- Organised big Events & Workshop: Organised two big conferences on ICT Standards and Emerging technologies covering (5G, M2M, NFV, Spectrum / Radio efficiency, Security, Energy Efficiency, ITS, etc.) for ETSI and an Interactive Session of CENELEC with Indian Electrical & Electronics Industry. SESEI assisted in providing a wider platform for promotion of EU standards and efforts by inviting EU experts / representatives from Project partners to share their knowledge and experience and interact with Indian stakeholders to identify the gaps in standardization.
- Support to other EU Projects & EU delegation in India: SESEI expert also assisted other EU projects and initiatives in India such as GIZ, DIN/DKE, Indo-Italian Chambers of Commerce, BSI, CITD, EURAXXES, EBG, EBTC and EU Delegation and other Embassies and Chambers.