G20 Summit: European Commission President Von der Leyen appreciates India’s Digital Public Infrastructures initiative

Team India Sentinels Sunday 10th of September 2023 12:49 PM

European Commission president Von der Leyen in Delhi

New Delhi: European Commission President Von der Leyen on Sunday appreciated India for successfully rolling out its digital public infrastructures and extended support to the initiative, stating that the possibilities are huge with less investments.

Von der Leyen was speaking at Season III of the G20 Summit ‘One Future’ and said: “Digital Public Infrastructures can be a real booster to emerging economies. India has achieved remarkable success in rolling out it. We heard the Prime Minister, and we very much support his initiative.”

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“The possibilities are huge, the investments, small. The trick is to build public digital infrastructure that is interoperable, open to all and trusted.”

Speaking about the Covid-19 digital certificate that the European Union developed it for itself, she said: “The model was so functional and so trusted that 51 countries on 4 continents adopted it for free. Today, the WHO uses it as a global standard to facilitate mobility in times of health threats.”

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Talking about artificial intelligence she said: “As it has been described, AI has risks but also offers tremendous opportunities. The crucial question is how to harness a rapidly changing technology. It is telling that even the makers and inventors of AI are calling on political leaders to regulate.”

In the EU, in 2020, “we presented the first ever law on Artificial Intelligence. We want to facilitate innovation while building trust. But we need more. What the world does now will shape our future.”

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“I believe that Europe – and its partners - should develop a new global framework for AI risks.”

“It should protect us against systemic societal risks and foster investments in safe and responsible AI systems, at the same time. At global level we eventually need to reach the broader community of the United Nations.”

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