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India best sustainable option for technological needs: Dhotre

New Delhi, Dec 1 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre on Tuesday said the country has now become a place for the world to find the best sustainable option for its technological needs, as the country is home to young population, which is quite adept at technological challenges.
Speaking at the virtual India-Africa ICT Expo 2020, which began here today, the Minister, who also holds the portfolios of Communications and Education, exhorted Africa to join hands with India, to work towards inclusive growth and technological progress.
''India also holds the distinction of being the fastest growing data network. Venue by any type of telecom services from India, you can be assured of the highest quality and performance at low cost and without any hassles,'' Mr Dhotre said.
The Minister also highlighted the strong points of Indian communications technology, innovation and economy.
With the theme 'Digital Transformation: Key to sustaining growth post COVID-19,' the speakers during the virtual event, which was telecast live on all UNI social media handles, stressed that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are an integral part of the modern world and the emerging new order, omnipresent and constantly transforming lifestyles.
The ICT enables real-time, borderless communication and almost unlimited access to a range of essential to critical products and services. ICT and its manifestations are all encompassing, with a tremendous impact on every sphere of our daily life.
These include telemedicine, disaster preparedness & mitigation, online banking, mobile data services, Internet of Things (IoT), Voice over Internet (VoIP), data for every sector, education and knowledge sharing, and weather data for agriculture to renewable energy needs, monitoring and evaluating and adjusting for environment & climate change, to mention a few.
Chairman of Digital Communication and Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash maintained that India desires to become number one investor in the African countries.
''If Africa is looking for secured ICT products, please rely on us. Indian business believes in trust, strong ties and bonds.
''This is especially true for India and Africa. Indian companies have developed engineering capabilities and experience with smart innovations and they have the ability to train employees at scales and provide innovative business model and solutions at low costs. This makes us uniquely well-positioned to support the booming African ICT sector,''added Mr Prakash.
He averred that the country is very keen to deepen ties with Africa and Rwanda in all areas and looks forward to working closely for further strengthening of relations for mutual benefits.
A total of 50 ICT companies from India and 20 from Rwanda and other African nations are participating in this event.
Earlier, Rwandan Minister of Information and Communications Technology and Innovation Paula Ingabire inaugurated the sixth edition of the India-Africa ICT Expo and Conference.
Retd IAS officer and TEPC chairperson Shyamal Ghosh said that many cities in Africa are smart cities and India is also in the process of evolving smart cities and Indian equipment suppliers are rising to the challenge.
''India has the utmost capability in 5G network and we will help Africa in shouldering the issues,'' Mr Ghosh said.
The event saw participation of African countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Madagascar, Uganda and Mali. The African region is considered as an important trading territory for the Indian business community and the demand of Indian goods are increasing in the African continent.
The event was organised by Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC), with support from the Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Commerce is expected to bring together over 100+ ICT companies from India and Africa.
Participants will discuss constructive pathways in digital transformation by creating sustainable partnerships between Indian Enterprises and Africa Innovators to stimulate Africa to realise its full potential. This paves way for ensuring socio-economic transformation.
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