ICRIER and Prosus set up the Centre for Internet and Digital Economy

ICRIER and Prosus set up the Centre for Internet and Digital Economy

  •        A leading Indian policy research centre and knowledge network, offering informed policy advice
  •        Supporting India’s transition towards a more efficient, inclusive and sustainable digital economy

April 5, 2022: The Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s premier economic think tanks, and Prosus, one of the largest technology investors in the world, are partnering to establish the ICRIER Prosus Centre for Internet and Digital Economy (IPCIDE). The centre will conduct research at the intersection of technology, policy and economics and offer insights to the government on the most pressing issues regarding the digital economy. The Centre has been established at a time when India’s digital economy is expected to show exponential growth on the back of rising internet penetration and increasing income. India’s digital economy, valued at US$250 billion today, is expected to grow to US$800 billion by 2030.

Based at ICRIER, New Delhi, the Centre will undertake analytical research to support India’s transition towards a more efficient, inclusive, and sustainable digital economy and shape the next phase of India’s digital transformation. At the inauguration, Pramod Bhasin, ICRIER’s chairperson, said, “With the 2022-23 Union Budget laying the foundation for digital-driven development, the establishment of the Centre couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. The combination of ICRIER’s excellent research credentials and Prosus’s expertise and global reach will provide a promising platform to inform and shape public discourse on India’s digital economy. The Centre is also poised to make a meaningful contribution to India’s technology-led startup ecosystem, which is creating billion-dollar enterprises.”

IPCIDE will bring together stakeholders from the private sector, academia, civil society and government for well-rounded thought leadership on issues relating to the digital economy, and support the process of evidence-based policymaking in India. The Centre will also collaborate with other institutions, both within and outside India, to deliver key insights into India’s rapidly evolving digital economy. The Centre’s activities will be overseen by an eminent panel of advisory members, including Professor Payal Arora, Mr. Rajesh Bansal, Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, Mr. Toomas Ilves and Ms. Aruna Sundararajan. The advisory panel will invite and add new members over time.

India’s digital transactions, which are a key indicator of a rising digital economy, have seen a sizeable jump in the past two years. Digital transactions rose 33% to 7,422 

 for the 11 months ended February 28 compared to 5,554 crore for the whole of FY21. Digital transactions stood at 3,134 crore in FY19. With home to 94 unicorns, and nearly one unicorn produced every week in 2022, India is entering a new phase of digital transformation that holds great benefits, as well as risks, that need careful regulatory navigation.

Commenting on their long-term investment in India’s digital economy, Sehraj Singh, Managing Director, India for Prosus said “It is an absolute honour for Prosus to partner with ICRIER, Deepak Mishra and Pramod Bhasin in establishing an academic research centre. IPCIDE's focus on high-quality economic research on the digital economy and the Internet will come at a very crucial time. The pandemic has accelerated the growth of the digital economy, and we are at the cusp of the Web 3.0 evolution. We look forward to the Centre contributing significantly to the technology policy dialogue not only in India but also globally.”

Areas of focus for the Centre will include measuring India’s digital economy, fintech, crypto assets and digital currency, platform governance and competition, artificial intelligence — ethics and governance, cybersecurity and new approaches to regulating India’s digital economy. The Centre will host its inaugural roundtable on Central Bank Digital Currencies on April 7, 2022 (registration link here) with speakers from the Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Finance, GoI, Bank of International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund. The key outputs of the Centre include an annual flagship publication and an international conference on India’s digital economy. The work will be carried out by digital economy experts from India and abroad, led by the Director and Chief Executive of ICRIER, Deepak Mishra.


Established in August 1981, ICRIER is an autonomous, policy-oriented, not-for-profit, economic policy think tank. ICRIER’s main focus is to enhance the knowledge content of policy making by undertaking analytical research that is targeted at informing India’s policymakers and also at improving the interface with the global economy. To effectively disseminate research findings, ICRIER organizes workshops, seminars and conferences to bring together academicians, policymakers, and representatives from industry and media to create a more informed understanding on issues of major policy interest. ICRIER routinely invites distinguished scholars and policymakers from around the world to deliver public lectures and give seminars on economic themes of interest to contemporary India.


About Prosus:

Prosus is a global consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating and investing globally in markets with long-term growth potential, Prosus builds leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities.

The group is focused on building meaningful businesses in the online classifieds, food delivery, payments and fintech, and education technology sectors in markets including India and Brazil. Through its ventures team, Prosus invests in areas including health, logistics, blockchain, and social commerce. Prosus actively seeks new opportunities to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve people’s everyday lives.

Every day, billions of customers use the products and services of companies that Prosus has invested in, acquired or built, including 99minutos,  Airmeet, Aruna, AutoTrader, Autovit.ro, Azos, BandLab, Bibit, Bilt, Biome Makers, Borneo, Brainly, BUX, BYJU'S, Bykea, Captain Fresh, Codecademy, Collective Benefits, Creditas, DappRadar, DeHaat, Detect Technologies, dott, EduMe, ElasticRun, eMAG, Endowus, Eruditus, EVERY, Facily, Flink, Foodics, Good Glamm Group, GoodHabitz, GoStudent, Honor, iFood, Imovirtual, IndiGG, Klar, Kovi, LazyPay, letgo, Luno, Mensa Brands, Meesho, merXu, Movile, Oda, OLX, Otodom, OTOMOTO, Oxford Ionics, PaySense, PayU, Pharmeasy, Platzi, Property24, Quick Ride, Red Dot Payment, Republic, Sharebite, Shipper, ShopUp, SoloLearn, SpotDraft, Stack Overflow, Standvirtual, Spendflow, Superside, Swiggy, Thndr, Tonik, Ula, Urban Company, Vegrow, Virgio, watchTowr, and Wayflyer.

Hundreds of millions of people have made the platforms of Prosus’s associates a part of their daily lives. For listed companies where we have an interest, please see: Tencent, Delivery Hero, Remitly, Trip.com, Udemy, Skillsoft, and SimilarWeb.

Today, Prosus companies and associates help improve the lives of more than two billion people around the world.

Prosus has a primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam (AEX:PRX) and secondary listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (XJSE:PRX) and a2X Markets (PRX.AJ). Prosus is majority-owned by Naspers.

For more information, please visit www.prosus.com.

About Prosus

Prosus is a global consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating and investing globally in markets with long-term growth potential, Prosus builds leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities.

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