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India hosts financial inclusion roundtable at UN

The roundtable discussed the role of financial inclusion in achieving the SDGs, focusing on digital public infrastructure.

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The Permanent Mission of India in New York organised a roundtable discussion with the members of the United Nations at the UN headquarters to highlight the significance of financial inclusion in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The conversations also focused on the journey and experience of India, especially in displaying the "India Stack" and how open, digital public infrastructure is being used to improve the lives of billions of people while assisting businesses in promoting financial and social inclusion.

According to an official statement, former vice chairman of NITI Aayog and India’s G20 Sherpa, Prof. Arvind Panagariya, was the keynote speaker at the event. He spoke on the efforts India has made in the last ten years to promote financial inclusion as well as the scaling up of investment in national programmes with a whole-of-government, mission mode approach to make sure that no one is left behind. He highlighted the Digital India programme and credited it for changing India since 2014 and opening the door for a streamlined government.

The Permanent Representative of Indonesia Ambassador Arrmanatha Nasir, Secretary General's tech envoy Under SG Amandeep Singh Gill, and chair of Force for Good and CEO Greater Pacific Capital, Ketan Patel took part in a panel discussion to deliberate how currently used models could be duplicated, at a reasonable cost, particularly in poor nations. Several member states and attendees made interventions and participated actively.

The efforts made by India at the G20 to promote digital public goods and digital public infrastructure were also brought to light during this roundtable discussion, along with how crucial they are to close implementation gaps for the SDGs on the path to Agenda 2030.