G7 Outreach summit: PM Modi calls for ending monopoly in technology

(First row Left side) Argentine's President Javier Milei, Kenya's President William Ruto, US President Joe Biden, Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pope Francis (6th-L) and (First row Right side - From L) Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Jordan's King Abdullah, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, United Arab Emirates’ President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterr (Second row), President of the European Council Charles Michel (3rd-L), British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (4th-L), Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (5th-L), India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th-L), German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (7th-L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (8th-L) pose for a photo with G7 heads of States and heads of delegation of Outreach countries at Borgo Egnazia resort during the G7 Summit hosted by Italy, in Savelletri, on June 14, 2024. Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Bari (Italy): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised on the need for global efforts to transition technological monopolies into mass usage to lay the foundation of an inclusive society and help eliminate social inequalities. Speaking at the Outreach session of the G7 summit in Italy's Apulia region, Modi also pledged India's commitment to collaborate internationally in ensuring Artificial Intelligence is transparent, fair, secure, accessible, and responsible.

PM Modi held meetings with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and Presidents of France and Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelenskyy respectively on the sidelines of the summit. He was also embraced by Pope Francis at the Outreach Session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis during the G7 Summit, in Apulia, Italy on Friday. Photo: Screengrab/PTI

The prime minister said India's approach in the field of energy is based on four principles -- availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability. Highlighting the challenges facing the countries of the Global South, Modi said they are bearing the brunt of uncertainties and tensions around the world.

Pope Francis greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a working session on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Energy, Africa-Mediterranean at the Borgo Egnazia resort during the G7 Summit in Savelletri near Bari, Italy, on June 14, 2024. Photo: AFP/Mandel Ngan

"India has considered it its responsibility to place the priorities and concerns of the countries of the Global South on the world stage. We have given high priority to Africa in these efforts," he said.

"We are proud that the G-20, under India's chairmanship, made the African Union a permanent member. India has been contributing to the economic and social development, stability and security of all African countries, and will continue to do so," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Photo: PTI

In his address at the Outreach session, French President Emmanuel Macron praised Prime Minister Modi's initiative on AI and digital public infrastructure during India's G20 presidency. In his remarks, US President Joe Biden mentioned Brazil, Argentina and India as critical partners in areas of minerals, officials said.

Prime Minister Modi spoke extensively on the importance of ending monopoly in technology.
"We have to collectively ensure that the benefits of technology reach all sections of society, to realise the potential of every person in the society, to help in removing social inequalities, and expand human powers instead of limiting them," he said.
"This should not only be our desire, but our responsibility. We have to convert monopoly in technology into mass usage. We have to make technology creative, not destructive. Only then will we be able to lay the foundation of an inclusive society," the prime minister said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his British counterpart Rishi Sunak (left), President of France Emmanuel Macron (centre) and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the G7 Summit. Photo: X/@narendramodi

He said the 21st century is the century of technology and there is hardly any aspect of human life that is deprived of the influence of technology. "While on one hand technology gives the courage to take the man to the moon, on the other hand, it also creates challenges like cyber security," he said.

Modi said India is among the first few countries to formulate a national strategy on artificial intelligence.
"On the basis of this strategy, this year we have launched an AI Mission. It is derived from the mantra 'AI for All'. As a founding member and lead chair of the Global Partnership for AI, we are promoting cooperation among all countries," he said adding that during the G-20 Summit hosted by India last year, it emphasised the importance of international governance in the field of AI.

"In the time to come, we will continue to work together with all countries to make AI transparent, fair, secure, accessible and responsible," he said.

Alluding to India's Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), he called upon the global community to join the tree plantation campaign launched by him on World Environment Day -- "Plant4Mother" (Ek Pedh Maa Ke Naam) and make it a mass movement with personal touch and global responsibility.

"We are making every effort to fulfil our commitment to achieve the target of Net Zero by 2070. We should together try to make the time to come a Green Era. For this, India has started Mission LiFE that is Lifestyle For Environment. Taking this Mission forward, on June 5, Environment Day, I have started a campaign - "Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam".

The prime minister also emphasised on plantation to increase green cover.
"We want to make tree plantation a mass movement with a personal touch and global responsibility. I urge all of you to join it," he said.
Modi said it was a matter of great satisfaction for him to be attending the summit after his re-election in the largest democratic exercise in the history of humankind.
(With PTI inputs.)

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