Amazon, JBIC, eBay keen on Digital India initiative

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 23:54 IST

Amazon, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and eBay have shown interest to expand their operations in the e-commerce space and participate in the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme.

IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Tuesday, met Amazon’s top executives including the company’s India MD Amit Agarwal, and senior officials of JBIC.

“Amazon wants to involve grocery stores in their business ad. It is looking to forge partnership with the nearest grocery store where shipment can be left and collected according to customer convenience,” Prasad said. “They also plan to set up a data centre in India,” he added.

JBIC has shown interest in the infrastructure sector including electronics manufacturing, shipping and smart cities. “Soon they will share their concrete plans with us,” Prasad said.

Meanwhile, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman met eBay MD Latif Nathani. The company said there was no discussion on FDI and that it plans to participate in the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

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