India calls upon G20 nations to come out with concrete digital action plan fight COVID-19

NewsBharati    01-May-2020
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New Delhi, May 1: India has called upon the G20 countries to come out with a concrete Digital action plan to fight the Covid-19. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today emphasized on the responsibility of G20 nations to focus on making inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
 
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The Minister was attending an extraordinary virtual G20 Digital Economy Ministers meeting to discuss the challenges posed by the pandemic and to forge a global coordinated response harnessing Digital Technologies. Prasad highlighted the steps taken by Indian Government to contain the spread and offered the roadmap for the world to emulate.
This pandemic has triggered an unprecedented demand for digital health technology solutions and has revealed successful solutions such as for population screening, tracking the infection, prioritizing the use and allocation of resources, and designing targeted responses.
 
Prasad in the meeting also emphasized the importance to revive the economy while continuing the fight against COVID-19. "The next phase of digitalization is about applications that will impact livelihoods, accelerate various sectors, strengthen the supply chain and build a cyber safe world", he noted.