India-UK Tech Summit translates deeper ties on vaccine, anti-microbial resistance research initiatives

At the India-UK Joint Tech Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the two countries will focus on new vaccines for infectious diseases and launch a new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative with joint investment of 15 million pounds.

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At the India-UK Tech Summit jointly inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, a new era of bilateral economic relationship between the two countries was forged. The summit highlighted the visions of both the Prime Ministers to provide a forum for business, a space for new connections and a showcase for future technologies. It has to be recalled that the summit was announced during Prime Minister Modi\'s visit to the United Kingdom last year, and has fructified exactly a year on.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and British High Commission, New Delhi are the co-organizers of the summit.

The Summit has witnessed the coming together of a host of ministers, government officials, prominent business leaders as well as renowned academic leaders from both the UK and India, with expertise in Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics; Life Sciences & Healthcare and Smart Cities.

At the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed the gathering and made some key announcements, "Together, our scientific communities are working on new vaccines for infectious diseases, inventing new smart materials, providing solutions for clean energy and climate change mitigation, and improving crop productivity including agriculture and food security. We have agreed to launch a new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative with joint investment of 15 million pounds. I feel that India and UK can partner in harnessing the vast traditional knowledge base in India coupled with modern scientific investigation to provide a holistic approach to preventive healthcare. This can help address some of the modern life style diseases that we face."

He also stated that India's partnership with UK in industrial research has been one of India's most exciting programs. The Global Innovation & Technology Alliance or GITA platform of CII and Department of Science and Technology along with Innovate-UK supports industry led R&D projects in affordable healthcare, clean technology, manufacturing and ICT. He indicated that these sectors open new potential for Indian and UK businesses to convert the scientific knowledge into technology based enterprises. "I call upon all the participants here to contribute and value-add to these exciting bilateral programs, aimed to foster innovation and techno-entrepreneurship," remarked Prime Minister Modi.

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