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MoS Chandrasekhar Meets UK PM Johnson, Accompanied By Indian Startup Unicorn Heads

Speaking to the reporters, minster Chandrasekhar said both India and UK want to dramatically expand the innovation economy

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Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar with UK PM Boris Johnson and Indian Startup Unicorn Heads

The Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a delegation of Indian startups, unicorns and innovators. The group discussed on future collaborations and partnerships between India and UK in the innovation and technology sector. 

Speaking to the reporters, minister Chandrasekhar said both India and UK want to dramatically expand the innovation economy. “We want to take the digital economy to be 25 per cent of the total economy. The UK government also wants to expand the slice of that pie too," he said.

Chandrasekhar also met Paul Scully, British MP in this connection.  

The minister also held roundtable discussions with Priti Patel, Home Secretary- UK, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade- Government of UK and Chris Philip, Minister for Technology & Digital Economy UK at the India Global Forum.

The Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology said that India today is different from how it was in the 1990s. “It is now designing 5G gear and manufacturing the devices that go into the making of 5G products. All this has been achieved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India vision," he added.

Chandrasekhar also attended a session on the Future of Digital at the IGF, UK where he put forth his views on the rapid digitalization and the need for safeguarding digital nagriks against user harm. As Cyberspace being a boundaryless domain, he called for collaboration amongst counties, especially like-minded democracies, to ensure safety and trust for the users.

“The data economy has created an awareness that something needs to be done for the safety of user citizens. We as policymakers have to look at data from the prism of user safety.  In the growth of the internet and big tech influence, we are at an inflection point. Safety and trust will be paramount and India can’t do that alone, we need to work with partner countries in shaping the future of a secure internet," he emphasised.


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