Delhi restricts access to govt contracts

27 Jul 2020

The Indian government has imposed new restrictions preventing companies registered in countries that share a land border with India from bidding for public sector contracts ‘on grounds of defence and national security’, the Economic Times reports. The new rules are intended to limit the supply of Chinese equipment into the country, as tensions between Delhi and Beijing escalate. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, India recently banned 59 apps from Chinese firms, whilst a tender for 4G gear was scrapped, in part due to the involvement of Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei. Under the new rules, companies registered in nations bordering India – or subsidiaries of such entities – will only be permitted to bid for government contracts if they register with a new authority in India that will be set up under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

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