India, under its G20 presidency, organized a “Global Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) Summit, on the sidelines of the third meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group, on 12-13 June 2023 at Pune in India.
The Summit was inaugurated by Hon. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State in Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Hon. Melford Walter Nicholas, Minister of Information Communications Technologies, Utilities and Energy, Government of Antigua & Barbuda participated in the DPI Summit along with Director (Information Technolgy) Mr. Luxmore Edwards.
Hon. Melford Nicholas Minister chaired the session on ‘Overview of Digital Public Infrastructure’ on 12 June 2023.
Hon. Minister Melford Nicholas also signed Memorandum of Understanding with India on sharing INDIA STACK i.e. successful digital solutions implemented at population scale.
The two-day DPI Summit included ten Panel Discussions on sector agnostic and sectoral DPIs were held. Around 60 Global Experts on DPIs held the insightful, thought provoking, and outcome-oriented discussions.
On the first day of the Summit, four sessions on DPI namely ‘Overview of Digital Public Infrastructure’, ‘Digital Identities for empowering people’, ‘Digital Payments and Financial Inclusion’, ‘DPI for Judicial Systems and Regulations’ were held.
On the second day, six DPI Sessions were held on Digital Document Exchange for efficient service delivery, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for DPI, Digital Education and Skilling, DPI for Digital Health and Climate Action, Digital Agriculture Ecosystem, and Building the Global DPI Ecosystem.
A Global DPI exhibition was also held which showcased 14 experience zones comprising DPI based use cases in Identity, Payment, Paperless Governance, Digital Agriculture, Education & Skilling, Healthcare, and Digital India Journey.
The Summit attracted a large number of participants including 150 delegates from 50 foreign countries.
In the past few decades, India demonstrated its prowess in the field of Digital Transformation by building a number of Digital Public Goods (DPG). India’s DPG encompasses 12 Digital Public Goods like Unique Digital Identity, Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and other DPGs related to fintech, health and education sector.
These platforms play a key role in enhancing Government-citizen engagement by empowering citizens, ensuring ease of governance and ease of doing.
India is committed to transform not only itself but also its partner countries especially CARICOM Member States into a digitally empowered society.
India has also invited participation of two officials with experience in DPI/ICT relted domain from the CARICOM Member States in the customized training programme under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme of Government of India being organized on Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) in August 2023.
This is in line with External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar announcement of India’s offer for support in DPI to CARICOM countries in the India CARICOM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Georgetown on 21 April, 2023.