Foreign Affairs
Permanent membership of African Union in G20 positive

Mysuru, India

Former Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Joma on Tuesday said that the permanent membership of the African Union in the G20 is a positive development advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The former Tunisian Prime Minister on Tuesday spoke at the second edition of the Think20 (T20) summit in Mysuru. Speaking on the day, he said, “The permanent membership of the African Union in the G20 is a very positive development that Prime Minister Modi has advocated.” He added, “Africa is well positioned to become an emerging multi-sectoral corridor that fosters innovation, development and multilateralism.” The T20 is an official engagement group of the G20, and serves as an “idea bank” for the G20, bringing together think tanks and high-level experts to deliberate on relevant policy issues. The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is functioning as the T20 Secretariat during India’s presidency of the G20.

Joma further said that the G20 presents a unique opportunity to ensure a shared prosperous future for all. Meanwhile, speaking on Bangladesh’s efforts in innovation of technology and data for development, Anir Chowdhury, Policy Adviser, A2I Programme, ICT Division and Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh, said that Bangladesh started the data journey late, but has picked up pace. I. To accelerate during COVID-19 for symptom mapping and providing better access to vaccines. “Companies now have task forces in place to deal with the diverse challenges brought on by ubiquitous technology,” said Mahima Kaul, Head of Public Policy, APAC, Bumble. Speaking on the second day of the T20 Summit, the Founder and CEO, GirlHip Women Who Code, South Africa, Baratang Mia said that verification of online content will become an important question that needs answers as AI becomes more accessible.

“Who will lead the technology conversation – private companies, public enterprises, or academia and civil society? We need a confluence of all of them,” said Erin Watson, Founder and Managing Director of Baker & York, Australia. Sharad Sharma, co-founder, of iSPIRT Foundation, said: “Techno-legal regulation is our true test of democracy in emerging technological times marked by disruptive forces like AI.” In the session on Lifestyle for the Environment (LiFE) and Shaping a New Paradigm for Sustainable Development, Eenam Gambhir, Joint Secretary (G20) in the Ministry of External Affairs pointed to India’s efforts to put development at the center of all G20 processes Did. “Even if we sit at the same table, we have different responsibilities because of different vulnerabilities,” said Gladys Lechini, professor of international relations at Argentina’s National University of Rosario.

Sachin Chaturvedi, Member, of T20 India Core Group and Director General, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, India, said, “New technologies and sustainable production are important to enable lifestyles that are more environmentally friendly.” “India has been able to reduce emissions because of the lifestyle choices we have been able to make,” he added. The T20 summit is hosting over 200 participants from 35 countries and around 110 institutions. Delegates include ministers, diplomats, policy planners, heads of think tanks and research institutions, civil society organizations and eminent thinkers whose collective agency will ensure rich and diverse discussions at the summit. The T20 summit is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation under the aegis of the G20 Presidency of India.

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