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Opinion| India’s policy plans could hold back its digital startups

Opinion| India’s policy plans could hold back its digital startups

  • Yet other policy measures by the Indian government are shortsighted and may undercut India's startups before they can prosper-particularly in digital technology where India's entrepreneurs can "go global" very quickly.
  • These proposals contain harmful provisions that could hurt Indian entrepreneurs in digital technology ventures.
  • Similarly, restrictions on cross-border data flows as envisioned in the draft e-commerce policy means businesses, both in India and abroad, won't be permitted to leverage distributed systems and operate at scale.
  • What's more, additional costs have the potential to create additional barriers to entry and would favour a few well-established players over small businesses.
  • Yet beyond physical spaces and support systems, the policy ecosystem must also be shaped to encourage risk-taking, innovation and growth.


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