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PM Modi at G20 summit says new global index required for post-COVID world

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a new global index is required for the post-COVID world, which should be based on talent, technology, transparency and trusteeship towards the Earth. PM Modi was addressing the G20 summit, which is being held virtually by Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi said COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge that the world has faced since World War II and is an important turning point for the mankind in the recent history.

The prime minister suggested the G20 alliance that there was a need to create a virtual G20 secretariat as a follow up and documentation repository, especially when “work from anywhere” is the new normal. Notably, India is going to host the G20 summit in 2022.

PM Modi tweeted: “Had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders. Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic. Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the Virtual Summit.”

What did PM Modi say?

At the G20 Summit, Modi said that multi-skilling and re-skilling to build a talent pool will enhance dignity and resilience of workers adding that the value of new technologies should be measured by their benefit to humanity.

“Transparency in our processes helps in inspiring our societies to fight crisis collectively and with confidence. Spirit of trusteeship towards planet Earth will inspire us for a healthy and holistic lifestyle,” Modi said.

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Modi also called for a decisive action by the G20 group, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but focusing on preserving planet Earth, noting that “all of us are trustees of humanity’s future”.

The prime minister called for a new Global Index to be set up in the post-corona world that should comprise of four key elements – creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring that technology reaches all segments of the society, transparency in systems of governance, and dealing with the planet with a spirit of trusteeship, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

At the G20 summit, the prime minister also called for greater transparency in governance systems which he said “will inspire our citizens to deal with shared challenges and enhance their confidence”. Modi also offered India’s IT prowess to further develop digital facilities for efficient functioning of the G20.

Participation by EU, 19 member states

The summit under the Saudi presidency centred on the theme “Realizing Opportunities of 21st Century for All”. The agenda of the summit is spread out over two days with two sessions focused on overcoming the pandemic, economic recovery and restoring jobs, and building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

The summit saw the participation of respective heads of states of 19 member countries, the European Union and other invited countries and international organisations.

 

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