Bill Gates, Microsoft Corporation co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Gates, who is on an India visit met PM Modi ahead of government’s think tank Niti Aayog’s initiative to strengthen states. During the meeting, they had discussions on various topics. Gates was scheduled to address India’s top policy makers as part of Niti Aayog’s lecture series on ‘Transforming India’.
Later in the day, Gates also met Niti Aayog vice chairman Dr Arvind Pangariya and CEO Amitabh Kant before addressing Niti Lectures: Transforming India – the first part of this event was inaugurated by PM Modi in August.
Behind inviting Gates as a guest speaker at the event, government’s premier think tank’s motive was to bring the increasing use of technology in government’s policies to build a strong Indian economy and bolster its infrastructure.
During the program, Gates delivered a lecture over the use of technology as India is heading towards the digital finance after government’s efforts to wipe out black money from the country.
Gates visit is happening even as the demonetisation drive of the government has brought the public onto the streets in front of ATMs and banks in an effort to get their hands on cash as well as deposit the now banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. However, this has also proved to be a windfall for digital payments business in the country.
Here are the excerpts from Bill Gates’ lecture at Niti Aayog’s ‘Transforming India’:
* Technology a key lever for transformation! Strong Innovation ecosystem needed to build products for the future
— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) November 16, 2016
* In any country government should be an enabler and a smart regulator to enable the private sector to deliver efficient services across sectors
* The world is looking to India not just to solve its problems but to address global challenges through innovation