- PM Modi said technology will have answers to some global challenges
- He said technology should be used for development, not destruction
- He said Indian technology is greatly helping out other nations
Indian technology, he said in the talk themed "Technology and Governance" is also greatly helping out other nations. "With the help of Indian technical and economic cooperation, 160 nations have improved their infrastructure. Africa has improved tele-medicine and education facilities with India's help," he said.
In India, the government departments are mapping their resources using satellite imagery, he said. With this, projects stuck for even 40 years have started moving. "Files stuck due to bureaucracy have started moving, because of real-time monitoring which technology has made possible," he said.
In this context, he also named Aadhaar, India's 12-digit Unique Identification project, saying it led to the plugging of leakages to the tune of $8 billion.
The Prime Minister - who is on the third leg of his three-nation tour in the Arab world - said the city of Dubai was the great "driver of technology". "A person can be awed by hearing the technological advances in Dubai, but seeing it for real is a great experience... It has converted a desert into an ocean, a miracle feat," he said.
Underscoring the importance of harnessing technology in the right direction, he said in the "new world, we are interconnected, we are interlinked, we are living interdependent lives. In the times to come, we will together face global challenges. And in this, technology will be a big help," he said.