Gates Foundation affirms India’s digital public infrastructure as a great model to learn for the world


The Indian successful model can help other nations in Africa and Asia to achieve their development goals

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation lauded the Indian growth story and emphasized that other countries can learn and use India’s successful digital public infrastructure model to help achieve their healthcare and other development goals.

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, the Foundation’s President of Global Development, Christopher J Elias said that the Foundation’s oldest field office is in India and that is over 20 years old.

“In India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has worked in a wide range of sectors and areas including health, agriculture, water and sanitation, digital public infrastructure, and inclusive financial services. We will continue to work in these areas,” he added.

Elias said it is very exciting to see such a huge presence from India. He also recalled that as G20 Chair last year, India brought together the global community to understand how best to accelerate progress with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Adding further, “One area of particular accomplishment in India that I think can be a good model for the world to follow is digital public infrastructure that has helped achieve a lot of progress in financial services, health etc,” Elias said.

As per him, universal ID, universal payment interface, etc have served India very well in the last decade to accelerate progress and development. He suggested that the leaders attending the WEF meeting can learn and share that success model of India with other nations, especially in Africa and Asia, and help them achieve their development goals as well.

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