The government held bilateral discussions with the ministerial delegations and senior representatives from Bangladesh, South Korea, France and Türkiye at the fourth meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group to discuss potential areas of collaboration such as digital public infrastructure (DPI), India Stack, artificial intelligence (AI), skilling and cybersecurity.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Electronics and Information Technology, met and interacted with Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for ICT, Bangladesh. The discussion focused on potential collaborations around various technologies. During the meeting, Chandrasekhar noted that the partnership between India and Bangladesh will rewrite the narratives about South Asia. The minister also held a bilateral meeting with Henri Verdier, Ambassador for the Ministry of Digital Affairs, France. The interaction revolved around how technologies such as AI are transforming the lives of citizens. Chandrasekhar stated that India has heavily invested in AI. He added said that there is an opportunity for like-minded partners such as India and France to help countries who want to digitise their government and economy through DPIs such as India Stack.
During his meeting with Mehmet Fatih Kacir, Minister of Industry and Technology, Türkiye, Chandrasekhar said that the future of technology cannot be shaped by a few countries and companies and needs to be more inclusive. Lastly, the minister held a bilateral meeting with Dr Jin-bae Hong, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Science and ICT, South Korea, with the discussions revolving around the deep relationship between India and South Korea in the broad technology space, especially electronics. Chandrasekhar said that the growth of this partnership can have a bigger impact on the world. The ministers also talked about the need for a safe and trusted internet.