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Govt to partner with Private Sector in future technology: MoS

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, OCT 19, 2021: MR Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, virtually attended the inaugural session of the International Conference and Exhibition on Digital technologies - "Future Tech 2021" organized by the CII. The event is scheduled from 19 - 27 October 2021. The event will revolve on 5 theme pillars: Strategy, Growth, Resilience, Inclusiveness, Trust with a focused theme "Driving technologies for building the future, we all can trust". The International conference would comprise of interaction amongst entrepreneurs, industry leaders and Government officials and shall provide platform for discussion on application of digital technologies.

Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar, while giving the inaugural address, spoke about the impact of the COVID pandemic on digital economy. He stated that "In the last 6 years we have made tremendous strides in digitizing our economy and public services within the economy.  It has helped India prove to be resilient during the COVID Pandemic. We have created Unicorns at the rate of 2 - a month, attracted 65 billion dollar investment in the tech space and grown the overall ambition during this period"

Speaking on the road map ahead, Mr Rajeev Chandrasekharaffirmed that "The Post COVID era offers new set of opportunities. There has never been a more exciting time for those in technology than today. This is the time to reset our ambitions and re-imagine the future in very different ways from the pre-COVID era. The post COVID era provides very different opportunity framework that is at play today for companies in India"

Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar also added that India looks forward to seize this opportunity by fostering a close partnership between the Government & the Private sector - "At MeitY we have very clear objectives, we expect to be partners with the Private Sector in areas not just limited to soliciting business for you - business development or advocacy but even in areas of future technology development whether it is quantum computing or strategic areas where we want India to create competencies like artificial intelligence, cyber security, semi conductors etc" he added.