India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue on the theme “India’s technology evolution and revolution”.
Mr. Modi thanked the people of Australia for inviting him to the inaugural Sydney Dialogue.
“It is a great honour for the people of India that you have invited me to deliver the keynote at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue. I see this as a recognition of India’s central role in the Indo Pacific region and in the emerging digital world.”
Underlining the impact of the digital age, Modi said:
“The digital age is changing everything around us. It has redefined politics, economy and society. It is raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights and security. It is reshaping international competition, power and leadership.”
Prime Minister Modi said India’s space sector was open to private investment and that the agriculture sector was reaping the benefits of the digital revolution.
He highlighted the leaps in India’s digital revolution:
“India’s digital revolution is rooted in our democracy, our demography and the scale of our economy. The digital age is changing everything around us.
It has redefined politics, economy and society. It is raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights and security.”
Mr. Modi highlighted the five important transitions taking place in India:
“We’re building the world’s most extensive public information infrastructure…We’re on our way to connecting 6,00,000 villages.
We used technology to deliver over 1.1 billion doses of vaccines across India using Cowin and Aarogya Setu. Our ‘one nation, one card’ will deliver benefits to the population anywhere in the country.”
PM Modi said that the world must work together as it is ushered in a new era of opportunities for progress and prosperity.
PM Modi’s address was preceded by introductory remarks by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The Sydney Dialogue is an annual summit of cyber and critical technologies to discuss the fallout of the digital domain on the law and order situation in the world.
It is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
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