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"Shri Modi to speak on ‘Technology in Politics’ at Google Big Tent Activate Summit 2013 on 21st March 2013"
"Shri Modi to interact with Google Chairman Mr. Eric Schmidt via Google Hangout"
"Eminent people from various walks of life to hear Shri Modi at the Summit"

On Thursday 21st March 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will speak on ‘Technology in Politics’ at theGoogle Big Tent Activate Summit 2013 Shri Narendra Modi’s speech will commence at 2:15 PM. Shri Modi will address the Summit through a Google+ Hangout.

Before delivering the address Shri Modi will interact with Mr. Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google Inc. via Google+ Hangout.

Big Tent Summits are hosted by Google and they bring together the finest minds, political leaders, thinkers to talk about a variety of issues. Such Big Tent Summits have been held across the world including in New York City, London, Berlin, Madrid, Nairobi, Moscow, Seoul to name a few. This Summit will focus on
the influence of the web in shaping India's future, in the areas of business and economics, politics and governance, culture and media, and education.

When it comes to the incorporation of technology in the day to day functioning of the Government, Shri Narendra Modi is a trendsetter in India today. He firmly believes that technology is nothing but easy, effective and economical governance, which inspired him to infuse the working of the state administration with latest technology.

Shri Modi is also a leader who has been at the forefront of using technology in terms of engaging with people across the world. Shri Modi is very active on all leading mediums of social media. On Twitter he has over 13 lakh followers and he also active on Facebook. On both these mediums, Shri Modi shares thoughts, views and updates on development initiatives of Gujarat Government. Shri Modi’s You Tube Channel is home to a wide range of speeches given by the Chief Minister. He is also very active on Google+.

On August 31st 2012 Shri Modi scripted history when he interacted with people via Google Hangout. The Hangout has been one of the most successful Hangouts, viewed by 40,00,000 people either on TV, Internet or on social media. The number of nations where the Hangout was viewed was 121! Shri Modi answered a variety of questions on policy as well as several personal anecdotes.

Shri Modi wrote history yet again when he used 3D projection technology to interact with people across the length and breath of Gujarat during the 2012 Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Elections. During the speeches the Chief Minister spoke about the development of Gujarat and took on the votebank politics of the Congress Party. Shri Modi’s 3D interaction also entered the Guinness World Records for the most simultaneous shows of the Pepper’s Ghost Illusion.

Come Thursday, Shri Modi will yet again rewrite the rules of the game and talk about how latest technology has brought a qualitative difference in the lives of the people at large.

 

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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.