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New Delhi : Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics & IT, virtually attended the inaugural session of the International Conference and Exhibition on Digital technologies – “Future Tech 2021” organised by the CII.

The event scheduled from October 19 to October 27, 2021, will revolve around 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 include interaction among entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and Government officials, and  provide platform for discussion on application of digital technologies.

Chandrasekhar, in his inaugural address, spoke about the impact of the Covid pandemic on digital economy. He stated, “In the last 6 years we have made tremendous strides in digitising our economy and public services within the economy. It 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 during  this period.”

Speaking on the road map ahead,Chandrasekhar said, “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.“

The Minister also added that India looks forward to seize this opportunity by fostering a close partnership between the Government and  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, according to a PIB release.

“The PM wants India to be a significant player in the Tech Space. Soon we are going to rollout a 5 year strategic perspective plan detailing the competency and capabilities that needs to be developed for realising this,“ the MInister said. He quoted from  Prime Minister’s Independence day speech delivered from the precincts of Red Fort this year– “ YahiSamay Hai : This is the time “ to highlight the opportunities that the technology sector offers to Indian companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs.”

Concluding his address, Chandrasekhar re-affirmed the Government’s stand, which he informed was willing to walk the extra mile and is open to all sorts of consultations to prepare a roadmap for India to emerge as a significant player in the technology space.