India proposes creation of Special Working Group on Startups & Innovation at SCO meet
India has proposed the creation of a new Special Working Group on Startups and Innovation at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, presented the concept at the 20th meeting of the SCO Ministers. Anupriya Patel is an Indian politician from Uttar Pradesh who is presently serving as the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India from July 7, 2021. She is a member of the Apna Dal party. She has been a member of the Lok Sabha since 2014, representing Mirzapur. From 2016 until 2019, she served as a Minister of State in the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Patel proposed the creation of a new Special Working Group on Start-ups and Innovation, as well as a new Expert Working Group on Traditional Medicine Collaboration, noting the significance of effective cooperation between member states in achieving a balanced and equitable growth in trade and commerce.
“She also noted that collaboration in the sphere of start-ups and innovation can be a focal point in restoring our economies from the effects of the epidemic,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
She remarked that there is a "big digital technology gap" between industrialised and underdeveloped countries, which she believes can be closed by bolstering digital capabilities.
The minister praised the importance of environmental conservation and reducing the detrimental effects of climate change when it came to the environment.
She also stated that policies that generate unnecessary trade obstacles should not be included in the climate agenda.
Patel stressed in her closing remarks that SCO members must prepare, act, and stand in solidarity with one another in order to achieve an agenda that is fair, inclusive, and development-oriented.