As India gets G20 presidency, PM Modi says 'data for development' to be integral part of country's theme

16 November 2022 03:22 PM
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  • As India gets G20 presidency, PM Modi says 'data for development' to be integral part of country's theme

Speaking at the closing session of the G-20 summit in Bali, PM Modi said the principle of 'data for development' would be an integral part of the overall theme of next year's India’s G-20 Presidency.

The principle of 'data for development' will be an integral part of the theme of India's G-20 Presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. President of Indonesia Joko Widodo handed over the G20 Presidency to India at the closing ceremony of the Bali summit. India will officially assume the G20 Presidency on December 1.

"India takes charge of G-20 when the world is grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices," PM Modi said.

"India's G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive and action-oriented. In the next one year, it will be our endeavour that G20 works as a global prime mover to give impetus to collective action," PM Modi said at the closing session of the G-20 summit in Bali.

"Proper use of digital technologies can become a force multiplier in the decades-long global fight against poverty. Digital solutions can be helpful in the fight against climate change as we saw in examples of remote-working and paperless offices during Covid," he said. (sic).

The digital transformation should not be confined to a small part of the human race and its greater benefits will be realised only when digital access becomes truly inclusive, he added.

The prime minister met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the margins of the G20 Summit. "A fruitful meeting between PM @narendramodi and Chancellor Scholz was held on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Bali. The talks covered different subjects aimed at furthering India-Germany friendship, particularly in key areas such as trade, finance and [email protected]," PMO tweeted.

'MATTER OF PRIDE OF INDIA'
It's a matter of pride for every Indian as India takes over the presidency of the G20, PM Modi said in his address in Indonesia. "We will organise G20 meetings in different states and cities in India. Together we will make the G20 a catalyst for global change," he pointed out.

We have to keep women-led development a priority in the G20 agenda, he said.

'DIGITAL DIVIDE AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL'
The prime minister also pointed out that there is a huge digital divide at the international level but when it comes to India, we are making digital access public.

"India has developed digital public goods whose basic architecture has in-built democratic principles," PM Modi said. On Tuesday, PM Modi had informal interactions with US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and several other global leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit here and exchanged views on a range of issues.

It is the responsibility of G-20 leaders that the benefits of digital transformation should not be confined to a small part of the human race, he added.

FRUITFUL DISCUSSIONS WITH FRANCE PM
PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron also held talks at Bali and both the leaders had fruitful deliberations on a variety of subjects, PMO said in a statement.

"We share the same agenda for peace," French President Macron said after holding talks with PM Modi.


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