Lots of similarities between India, Middle East and Europe
When asked about the Economic Corridor, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that there are many similarities, shared values and economic interests between India, the Middle East and Europe. Keeping this in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji kept his clear vision that an economic corridor connecting India, Middle East and Europe through shipping and railways should be built so that new opportunities are created for everyone in these three areas. Can. Direct shipping connections were made from the West Coast ports of India to the ports of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Kerala, with the ports of the Middle East including the ports of UAE and Saudi Arabia. Beyond that, a railway corridor was built in the Middle East, connecting UAE and Saudi Arabia and further connecting to Europe via Jordan. In this way, a seamless connectivity is created between India, Middle East and Europe.
Distance of several thousand kilometers will be saved in India-Europe trade
He said that this is very important in trade because today the route that is followed from Europe to India will save a distance of several thousand kilometers. There is another dimension of communication in this corridor. Once the railway line comes, you can create a big corridor of communication along with it. Very high bandwidth optical fiber cable is also a part of this project. In future, a gas pipeline can also be built along with it.
Economic Corridor is very different from BRI
Vaishnav said that this is a positive initiative. While conceiving this project, the Prime Minister said from the beginning that we have to develop the project according to the needs of every country. In BRI (China’s One Belt One Road Project), there was always a thought process of imposing a technology, imposing terms and conditions and imposing a huge burden of debt, a huge burden of dead money. On the contrary, India’s thinking is of everyone’s support, everyone’s development, everyone’s trust. In this thinking, how to align everyone with everyone’s consent, come to common understanding… the idea is to move forward from that. That’s why it is very different from that and everyone is in agreement with this project.
The country’s most deprived citizens got empowerment through DPI.
Regarding Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI), Ashwini Vaishnav said that today the whole world is accepting and recognizing this initiative of India. When the Prime Minister launched Digital India in 2015, great Indian scholars like Dr. Chidambaram Saheb used to say that what is the need of digital in India. But see, in such a short time, the most deprived citizens of our country have got empowerment today. They are getting services from all over the world through technology in their hands. He has been associated with the financial world. Today the whole world is watching this success. All the countries of the world are accepting this technology of India and want to implement it in their respective countries. Therefore, an important part of the Delhi Declaration is the One Future Alliance framework creating systems to adopt digital public infrastructure in different countries. Through this, an institutional structure has been created so that this technology made in India can be adopted by different countries of the world.
Rich countries are also accepting India’s technology
He said that, it is not that only low income countries want to adopt it, very rich and technologically advanced countries accept this technology of India and want to adopt it. See how much change has taken place in India. Earlier one had to run here and there for technology, today India is in a position to develop the technology, prove it and export it all over the world. This is a big achievement of the Prime Minister, which was accepted by everyone in the G20.