Quad moves very efficiently, says Foreign Minister S Jaishankar – The New Indian Express

Through PTI

NEW DELHI: The Quad is a very contemporary arrangement with an open-minded and creative approach that has helped it move forward “very effectively” in solving various problems, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

Speaking about the importance of critical technologies and India’s journey to acquire them in the context of the Indo-US nuclear deal some 15 years ago, he said that while Washington had discovered some value in the links with New Delhi, there were others who were “dogmatic”. in their worldview and struggled to do so.

Jaishankar was invited to comment during an interactive session at the 2021 World Technology Summit that the perception that existed before the nuclear deal was inking was that the United States was reluctant to share critical technologies, but it is later appeared that the problem was elsewhere (China).

The Minister spoke about India’s technological transition and particularly highlighted how he has handled the challenges the country has faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, he stressed the need to improve India’s domestic supply chains and economic growth with a focus on job creation.

“People talk about supply chains. I would say, first of all, look at your national supply chains which should be your first responsibility. So we need to continually strengthen our national supply chain,” Jaishankar said.

“We cannot have economic growth without these assets and without proportional job growth. Growth without jobs is not really growth, certainly not for a country like ours,” he said. .

Jaishankar said the focus should be on education, skills development, startups, creating more jobs and promoting a climate conducive to the growth of technology.

“To promote this, I don’t think we should be on the defensive about it,” he said. Jaishankar said “years of a certain type of economic logic” put the country in a situation where it was not prepared for the basics when COVID-19 hit it.

“Today we have the capacity … over the past two years what we have done is incredible,” he added.

Referring to the Quad comprising India, the United States, Japan and Australia, Jaishankar said he had acted “very, very effectively”.

“In my opinion, it’s evolved well precisely because it’s a very contemporary arrangement that’s loose, it’s creative, and it’s open-minded.

You throw up ideas, you like it, you take them back; you don’t like it you put it aside, sometimes you revisit it, so it’s a new way of working, “he said.

Jaishankar said the Quad is working effectively in areas such as vaccine production, connectivity projects, facilitating student mobility, and promoting startups and technology collaboration.

The Foreign Minister said that building India’s capacity in various sectors should be at the center of its partnerships with foreign countries.

He said India, with its size, potential and ambitions, must have strong and reliable national capacities.

“If you’re open to a point where these capabilities are deepening, which I would say has certainly happened to us at the turn of this century, where our own industrial capabilities have been allowed in many ways not to grow or not to grow. grow proportionately with the growth of the economy, ”he said.

He said the aim of partnerships with foreign countries should be to increase India’s capabilities.

“The idea that you should be so open to the world that other people can come and operate in your economy on terms that are advantageous to them because that’s supposed to be how a global economy works in my opinion is ludicrous. . I think we need to be clear that this is about strengthening our forces, ”he said.

Shirlene J. Manley