External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, speaking at the Global Technology Summit jointly organised by Carnegie India and co-hosted by the external affairs ministry, on Monday said that every major economy in the world has modernised itself by connecting with the world and has leveraged international relations with national development.
Noting that technology had become both political and a core part of diplomacy, he called a large part of the Indo-US relation is a "technology-driven relationship."
"The strategic connect between the two countries is technology driven,” he said.
He said that the multipolar world is less structured now and globalisation has become a reality and technology has played a very significant role in globalisation. He pointed out that technology is playing an important role in national security as well. Jaishankar expressed that the government has strongly emphasised on the importance of digitisation and that the country has become more digital than ever before.
Jaishankar said that the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan will help India build its domestic strengths and will help India build its own capacities. He added that the idea is to give our own industries a level playing field. He mentioned that the government had also launched an ambitious scheme to incentivise hardware manufacturing and to build greater capacities in the segment. Due to this, India will be more international and this this will also help India build its strengths and seek more investments, he said.
Jaishankar also observed that after the COVID-19 pandemic health security has now become part of national security and data security has also become equally important. In some countries, there are concerns about food security and energy security has also assumed utmost importance. He also mentioned that the trust factor among nations has also become a sensitive issue in the present times.