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by GDP Delhi
“India, under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji, has been at the forefront of global digital transformation, achieving excellence in the development and use of IT technologies. Information and Communication,” said Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2022. Shri Devusinh Chauhan, led the Indian delegation to attend WSIS 2022 from 31 May to June 3, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.
WSIS is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in close collaboration with all WSIS partners. Action line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations. It is an ongoing process since the WSIS Summit in 2003 to advance initiatives in building the information society for the global community.
India is a candidate for re-election to the ITU Council for the 2023-2026 term. India has been a member of ITU since 1869 and has continuously participated actively in the work and activities of the Union and has contributed to the greatest extent possible in the growth and development of telecommunication/ICT, for the benefit of the global community.
Speaking at the reception to present India’s candidate for the Radio Regulatory Board (RRB) and India’s candidacy for the ITU Board for re-election, Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that India shares ITU’s dream and vision to realize the world as a connected society and enable ICT to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Nominating Mrs. M. Revathi, as India’s nominee for membership in the RRB, the Minister said that Mrs. Revathi has a proven track record, in professional expertise, leadership abilities, commitment to performing time-bound tasks, systematic problem solving ability. , and developing regulations, for inclusive ICT development.
Shri Devusinh Chauhan reiterated India’s strong commitment to contribute to the achievement of ITU’s objectives and called on participants to support India’s candidacy for ITU Council and Ms. Revathi’s candidacy for RRB .
During the event, the Minister participated in several sessions, including a high-level political session on “Bridging the digital divide”, a ministerial round table on ICT for well-being, inclusion and resilience and a high-level dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI). . While delivering a high-level political statement on the digital divide, he briefed the global forum on Indian government initiatives such as Bharatnet to cover all 6 lakh villages, global mobile coverage for all villages, broadband internet access for all and many other initiatives. He was also informed that India has managed to get custom standards approved which will help in the spread of 5G in rural areas.
During the high-level meetings related to ICT and AI, Shri Devusinh Chauhan briefed the participants on the initiatives taken by India for the development of reliable ICT infrastructure and the efforts made by the government to realize the potential of AI. The minister said that India, being one of the fastest growing economies, has a significant stake in the AI revolution, given its disruptive nature and potential to transform economies. The minister said that India, being one of the fastest growing economies, has a significant stake in the AI revolution, given its disruptive nature and potential to transform economies.
On the sidelines of WSIS 2022, Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devusinh Chauhan held multiple bilateral meetings and met with several dignitaries and excellencies such as ITU Deputy Secretary, Mr. Malcom Johnson, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Iran, Mr. Issa Zarepour, Deputy Minister of Policy Coordination of Japan, Mr. Yuji Sasaki, Secretary General of ITU, Mr. Haolin Zhou. The Minister presented them with a miniature souvenir of the largest statue in the world, the Statue of Unity (Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel).
The Honorable Secretary General of ITU, Mr. Haolin Zhou, appreciated India’s initiatives in the field of ICT. WISS President Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim noted India as a successful case study.