- Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address at the inaugural Sydney dialogue through video conferencing
- PM Modi affirmed that as a democracy and digital leader, India is prepared to work with partners for shared prosperity and security
- He asserted that six hundred thousand villages will soon be connected with broadband
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address at the inaugural Sydney dialogue virtually. In his address, he focused on the theme of India’s technology evolution and revolution. He further acknowledged the recognition for India’s central role in the Indo-Pacific region and the emerging digital world.
The Prime Minister affirmed that as a democracy and digital leader, India is prepared to work with partners for shared prosperity and security. He hailed that India’s digital revolution is rooted in its democracy, the demography, and the scale of the country’s economy is powered by Enterprise and innovation of our youth.
Speaking about five important transitions taking place in India, the Prime Minister asserted that India is building the world’s most extensive public information infrastructure, adding that more than 1.3 billion Indians have a unique digital identity. He asserted that six hundred thousand villages will soon be connected with broadband and the world’s most efficient payment infrastructure, the UPI. He emphasized the use of digital technology for governance, inclusion, empowerment, connectivity, delivery of benefits, and welfare.
Further, he noted that the country’s industry and services sector, including agriculture, is witnessing a massive digital transformation in an effort to prepare India for the future. He continued, “India is one of the leading nations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, especially in the human-centered and ethical use of artificial intelligence. We are developing strong capabilities in cloud platforms and cloud computing.”
He remarked that India has used technology to administer more than 1.1 billion doses of vaccines across the country through Arogya Setu and Cowin platform. He added that the country is also establishing a ‘National digital health mission’ for affordable and universal healthcare for the billion citizens. He cited that ‘One Nation, One Card’ will provide an advantage to hundreds of millions of workers in the country.
In addition, he also mentioned that India’s space program is an important part of the economy and security, which is now open to innovation and investment from the private sector. The Prime Minister underscored that India is already a major center for facilitating cyber security solutions and services to corporates around the world. The country has established a task force with industry to build India as a global hub for cyber security.