On October 16, Prime Minister Modi engaged in a virtual meeting with Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to explore the vast potential of India’s electronics manufacturing sector. The discussion, marked by enthusiasm and collaboration, focused on Google’s role in supporting the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Modi praised Google’s partnership with HP in manufacturing Chromebooks within India, aligning with the country’s goal of becoming a global electronics manufacturing hub. The Prime Minister also acknowledged Google’s ‘100 languages initiative,’ aimed at making AI tools accessible in Indian languages, promoting linguistic inclusivity, and expanding access to advanced technologies.
Highlighting the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in governance and public service delivery, Modi urged Google to develop AI tools for promoting good governance. In a significant announcement, Google revealed plans to establish its global fintech operations center in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar. This move strengthens India’s fintech sector and promises to extend digital financial services to millions, contributing to financial inclusion.
During the meeting, Pichai outlined Google’s strategy to enhance financial inclusion in India, leveraging Google Pay (GPay) and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to provide a robust platform for digital transactions and financial services. The aim is to empower individuals across the country.
Modi extended a special invitation to Google to participate in the Global Partnership on AI Summit scheduled for December 2023 in New Delhi. This summit aims to facilitate international collaboration in shaping the responsible and inclusive development of AI technology. The meeting reflected a shared commitment to leveraging technology for economic growth, linguistic inclusivity, and financial inclusion in India.
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