How the India Stack is an opportunity for the Global South
An invigorating Founders & Funders Forum marked Day 2 of the second UAE edition of the India Global Forum (IGF) in Dubai on December 13, packed with insightful conversations on a broad range of topics including fintech, metaverse, funding for the technology sector and the future of social media amongst other topics.
A highlight session entitled Partners in Disruption and Innovation was headlined by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, who set out his dynamic vision for progressing the country’s digital economy and partnering with the UAE in the technology and innovation space.
Talking about the capabilities of the India Stack in delivering benefits of technology and digitalisation, the Minister said: “The India Stack today represents an opportunity for the Global South; countries that have in a sense been left behind or have not been able to afford the digitalisation that other advanced nations have been able to invest in, it gives them an opportunity to rapidly climb up the ladder of digitalisation.
“It will provide first time ability for countries that are hitherto away from the technology landscape, to deliver to their governments and citizens the benefits of digitalisation.”
Joining him for the discussion was H.E. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, who highlighted the many promising areas of collaboration between the UAE and India in the digital sphere.
Minister Al Olama said: “What India Stack provides is a no-excuse mandate for countries that say it can’t be done, whether small or big… For the UAE, we want to take the learnings and see how we can carve out for a country of our size and position.”
At the end of another power-packed day, Professor Manoj Ladwa, Founder & Chairman, India Global Forum, said: “We are now well into India Global Forum UAE 2022 – Partners for Global Impact and what an energising set of sessions it has already run through.
“The second day of deliberations marked a range of agenda-setting dialogues amongst thought leaders and influencers from India, the UAE and indeed around the world. It is these conversations that India Global Forum strives to nurture in keeping with its goal of building partnerships that transcend borders to deliver global impact.”
Day Two of IGF UAE 2022 was themed around the Founders & Funders Forum which covered lively conversations on Tech Winter – End of Good Times? and a Masterclass on Navigating Turbulent Times. Participants also engaged in conversations on topics like Borderless Ambitions – Globalising the Indian Stack and a session called Cinema, Philanthropy, Social Impact with Bollywood Vivek Oberoi.
*Info: India Global Forum