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Trinidad and Tobago Technical Mission Visits MeitY, GoI in New Delhi

Technical Mission from the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Trinidad & Tobago visited Electronics Niketan, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India. The delegation was led by Mr Hassel Bacchus, Minister of Digital Transformation and it included Dr Roger Gopaul, High Commissioner, Ms. Jacqueline Wilson, Chief Digital Transformation Advisor, Shri Devindra Ramnarine, Senior Digital Transformation Advisor, Mr Christopher John, Senior Project Manager and Ms. Danielle Seunarine, Associate Professional.

The Indian side was represented by Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary, MeitY, Shri Abhishek Singh, P&CEO, NeGD and Shri Sushil Pal, Joint Secretary, MeitY and senior officers of MeitY, MEA, NeGD, UIDAI, NPCI-NIPL. In the welcome address, Mr. Abhishek Singh emphasised on India Stack Solutions, especially, Digital Public Infrastructure and foundational building blocks in form of Aadhaar (Digital Identity), DigiLocker & API Setu (Data Exchange) and UPI (Digital Payment).

In his address, Mr Hassel Bacchus, Hon’ble Minister of Digital Transformation, Trinidad and Tobago stated that digital transformation is critical enabler for sustainable development goals and its impact covers people, process and technologies. He also expressed the intent to understand digital journey of India, India Stack and DPI Ecosystem and foundation for digital transformation in India. He also mentioned that Trinidad and Tobago would like to learn from India and share the same in Caribbean region.

In his address, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma explained the Digital India, its vision to digitally transform the country and its contribution in digital inclusion, financial inclusion, participatory governance and in bringing more transparency in the governance. He covered the rollout of several digital initiatives (such as Jan Dhan, Direct Benefit Transfer, GeM, Co-Win, E-Sanjeevani, DIKSHA, etc) for ease of living, and ease of doing business. He also emphasized on India Stack Global, where 15 India Stack solutions are made available to the interested countries. He also mentioned that MoU on digital cooperation may be taken up between the two countries.

In the closing remarks, Shri Sushil Pal, Joint Secretary, MeitY thanked the delegations and participations. He informed that the delegation visit is also planned to CDAC for high end technologies development and NIELIT for digital skilling in India.

Thereafter, the three deep dive sessions on Digital Identity, Data Exchange and Digital Payment were organised. In these sessions, presentations and demonstrations were made by the senior officers from UIDAI, NeGD, and NPCI-NIPL. The meeting ended on positive note where DigiLocker was noted as the low hanging fruit that can be implemented on comparatively less time.

More than ten Digital India initiatives were showcased and explained to the delegates through kiosks placed in Centre for E-Governance Conference Hall at Electronics Niketan, New Delhi.

CT Bureau

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