Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said democratisation of technology is an important tool to help bridge the data divide.
Addressing the G20 Development Ministers’ meeting which is being held in Varanasi through video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi said, “In India, digitalization has brought about a revolutionary change and India is willing to share its experience with partner countries”.
The Prime Minister said technology is being used as a tool to empower people, make data accessible, and ensure inclusivity.
Raising concerns over the growing data divide, Modi said, ” high-quality data is critical for meaningful policymaking, efficient resource allocation, and effective public service delivery”.
Modi said, “Development is a core issue for the Global South and these countries were severely impacted by the disruptions created by the global Covid pandemic”.
“I strongly believe that it is our collective responsibility not to let the Sustainable Development Goals fall behind…adding that our efforts must be comprehensive, inclusive, fair, and sustainable. we should increase investment in fulfilling the SDGs and find solutions to address the debt risks faced by many countries”.
The Prime Minister said, “Multilateral financial institutions should be reformed to expand the eligibility criteria, ensuring that finance is accessible to those in need”.
He also urged the G20 Development Ministers to study this model of development. It may be relevant as you work towards accelerating Agenda 2030″.
Talking about the gender equality and women he said, “Gender equality and women’s empowerment are crucial to achieve the SDGs”
“In India, we are not limited to women’s empowerment. Ours is a women-led development. Women are setting the agenda for development and are also the agents of growth and change. I urge you to adopt a game-changing Action Plan for Women-led Development” he said.
Welcoming the members of G20 countries in Kashi, Modi said, “I extend a warm welcome to each one of you to the oldest living city of the mother of democracy. It is a fitting location for the G20 Development Ministers Meeting”.
“I am delighted that the G20 Development agenda has reached Kashi as well,” the Prime Minister said.