Rajeev Chandrasekhar meets UK Prime Minister to discuss innovation and technology collaborations


Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday and discussed future collaborations and partnerships between India and Britain in the sectors of innovation and technology, according to an official statement.

Briefing reporters later, Chandrasekhar said both India and the UK want to significantly expand the innovation economy, the statement said.

“Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, along with a delegation of Indian startups, unicorns and innovators “, reads the press release. Chandrasekhar also met Paul Scully, British MP in this regard.

“We want the digital economy to be 25% of the total economy. The UK government also wants to expand the slice of that pie,” Chandrasekhar told reporters. He also held ministerial roundtables with Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary; Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade and Chair of the Board of Trade — Government of the United Kingdom; and Chris Philip, Minister for Technology and Digital Economy, UK, at India Global Forum.

Chandrasekhar also attended a session on the future of digital at IGF where he spoke about rapid digitization and the need to protect “Digital Nagriks” from harm to users.

He called for collaboration among countries, especially like-minded democracies, to ensure security and user confidence in the borderless realm of cyberspace. Security and trust would be paramount, he said, adding that India was keen to work with partner countries to shape the future of a secure internet.

“The data economy has raised awareness that something must be done for the security of citizen users. As policy makers, we need to look at data through the lens of user security. In the growth of the Internet and the influence of big tech, we are at an inflection point,” the minister said.


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