PM Modi addresses 5th edition of Viva Technology 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually delivered the keynote address at the 5th Edition of Viva Technology 2021, which was held from June 16-19, 2021 at Paris, France. He was invited as a Guest of Honour to the event, which is one of the largest digital and startup events in Europe.

  • It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe – a advertising and marketing company & Les Echos, a leading French media group.
  • The event brings together stakeholders in technology innovation and the startup ecosystem. It has been held annually since 2016.
  • Other prominent speakers in the event were Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman & CEO of Facebook and many others.

Key Points from PM’s Address

i.PM Modi highlighted the emerging cooperation between India & France in areas like technology & digital.

  • He highlighted the role of Infosys in providing technical support for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament.
  • India’s biometric digital identity system ‘Aadhaar’ has helped in providing financial support to the poor during pandemic.
  • Two Public Digital Education programmes – ‘SWAYAM’ (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds ) & ‘DIKSHA’ (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing)’ were operationalized to help students.

ii.He Highlighted the role of technology in managing COVID-19 in India such as

  • Arogya-Setu, an indigenous IT platform which enabled contact tracking of COVID-19 patients.
  • CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work) platform ensured vaccines to millions in India.

iii.He listed the initiatives taken by India to improve digital reach

  • Modern public digital infrastructure, Fibre optic network of length 5,23,000 kms which will link 1,56, 000 village councils, and installation of public wi-fi networks across India.
  • In order to develop a culture of innovation, innovation labs have been set up in 7500 schools across India under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

iv.He invited the world to invest in India  based on 5 pillars of Talen, Market, Capital, Eco-system and, Culture of openness. India is home to one of the world’s largest start-up ecosystems.  India has 775 million internet users, highest and cheapest data consumption in the world, and the highest use of social media.

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About Publicis Groupe

Chairman & CEO – Arthur Sadoun
Headquarters – Paris, France

About Les Echos

Director – Henri Gibier
Headquarters – Paris, France





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