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Ravi Shankar Prasad Represented India in the G20 Digital Economy Ministers Virtual Meeting Hosted by Saudi Arabia

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A virtual meeting of G20 Digital Economy MinistersOn 22nd July 2020, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad represented India in the virtual meeting of the G20 Digital Economy Minister under the presidency Saudi Arabia.

Key Points:

i.Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the need to build a strong global supply chain and the vision of Modi to make India a destination for investments integrated with the global supply chain.

ii.He mentioned the importance of digital technologies like Direct Benefit Transfers and digital payments which supported the government in providing relief to the economically weaker section of the society amid global pandemic crisis.

iii.He focused on the need for building trustworthy Artificial intelligence systems for growth and development in healthcare and education to support the society to transform.

iv.He discussed the issues related to data and sovereign rights of the countries in protecting the privacy and security of its citizens.

v.He stated the importance of acknowledging the digital platform and to take responsive and accountable towards the concerns of the countries defence and citizens privacy and security.

vi.He stated that India will engage a robust personal data protection law to address the concerns of the citizens related to data privacy and economic development.

About G20 or Group of Twenty:

Members– Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), and European Union (EU). 

Spain is a permanent guest invitee to the G20 meetings.
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 
Current Presidency– Saudi Arabia

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i.Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has attended the G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers’ virtual meeting 2020 on behalf of India through video conferencing.

ii.Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan participated in the G20 Health Ministers Meeting held via video conference to control COVID-19.