UK minister focuses on cyber security and the Commonwealth during India visit

UK minister focuses on cyber security and the Commonwealth during India visit

British minister Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon has underlined the UK government’s intention to help maintain a “free, open, peaceful and secure internet”, during a speech at the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in India.

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He said: “India and the UK are leading the world in harnessing new technologies to stimulate economic growth and financial inclusion. The conference brings together actors from across industry, academia, civil society and governments who all have an important part to play in maintaining a free, open, peaceful and secure internet.

“I am looking forward to meeting with my counterparts to discuss how we ensure the Commonwealth is delivering a more secure future for all our citizens.

“We are delighted to be progressing a ‘Framework for the UK-India Cyber Relationship’ that will articulate our common commitment to maintaining the increasing economic and social benefits enabled by a free, open peaceful and secure cyberspace.”

The two-day event launched under the theme – Cyber4All: A safe, secure and inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable development. It’s the fifth edition of the flagship conference, which was inaugurated in London in 2011.

Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi addressing the GCCS 2017 conference at Aerocity in New Delhi.
Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi addressing the GCCS 2017 conference at Aerocity in New Delhi.

Earlier today the conference welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi who delivered the keynote speech.

He said: “Emerging digital technologies could impact our future in ways that we cannot yet foresee. Important questions of transparency, privacy, trust and security may need to be addressed. Digital technology serves to empower mankind. We must ensure that it continues to stay that way.”

The trip is Lord Ahmad’s second visit to India as an FCO minister. Tomorrow he is due to host a breakfast reception with Commonwealth ministers to discuss cyber security ahead of next April’s Commonwealth Summit in London.

Lord Ahmad will also meet ministers from other countries attending and host a round-table of Indian Chevening alumni who have benefited from the British Government’s flagship fellowship scheme on cyber security.

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