Make India a global hub for telecom manufacturing: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to the telecom industry to work together to make India a global hub for telecom equipment, design, development and manufacturing

Delivering inaugural address at India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2020, the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction on achieving success in mobile manufacturing as India is emerging as one of the most preferred destinations for mobile manufacturing.

He added the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme was introduced to promote telecom equipment manufacturing in India.

He asked the delegates to ponder whether the industry can form a taskforce to think of a better way of handling the electronic waste and create a circular economy. He urged to work together to ensure a timely rollout of 5G to leapfrog into the future and empower millions of Indians.

The Prime Minister said it is important to think and plan how to improve lives with the upcoming technology revolution in terms of better healthcare, better education, better information and opportunities for our farmers, better market access for small businesses are some of the goals that can be worked on.

The Prime Minister lauded the delegates from the telecom sector that the world was functional despite the pandemic due to their innovation and efforts.

Narendra Modi stressed that it is because of mobile technology that we are able to provide benefits worth billions of dollars to millions of Indians, we were able to help the poor and vulnerable quickly during the pandemic and we are seeing billions of cashless transactions which boost formalisation and transparency and we will also enable a smooth contactless interface on toll booths.

The inaugural session was also attended by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice; Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Communications, Education and Electronics & Information Technology; Anshu Prakash, Chairman, DCC & Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunications; Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited; and Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme in mobile manufacturing which has not just attracted global investments but also has led to creation of millions of jobs directly or indirectly and urged manufacturers to come to India to manufacture and export.

He said that emerging Digital Technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Cloud Computing, Data Analytics etc. present a huge opportunity in India. He said that Artificial Intelligence should not be monopolised and not become a tool of weaponization but it should lead to empowerment of the ordinary people.

Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Communications said, “India Mobile Congress 2020 is a leading platform for industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to come together and discuss innovative solutions for the upcoming future.

Lt. Gen. Dr. S. P. Kochhar, DG, COAI said, “First and foremost, in the midst of the pandemic that has gripped the world in unparalleled ways, we are grateful to the Government of India for the humongous effort put in by them to foster a facilitative environment for the entire tech and telecom industry. The telecom sector in India has reached glorious heights, despite constraints. This has been possible due to the visionary thought leadership and unstinted flawless execution capabilities provided by industry captains.”

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