Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called upon SCO member states to give transit access to each other and pitched for boosting connectivity for “ensuring reliable, resilient and diversified supply chains” for the region.
PM Modi’s call for providing transit access comes amid Pakistan’s reluctance to give India such facilities for sending goods to war-torn Afghanistan.
He said that India supports mutual trust and cooperation among SCO countries.
“The pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine have caused many disruptions in global supply chains, leaving the world facing unprecedented energy and food crises. SCO should strive to develop reliable, resilient and diversified supply chains in our region. For this, better connectivity will be required, as well as it will also be important that we all give full rights of transit to each other,” PM Modi said while delivering his remarks during the SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The Prime Minister said that the government is making progress in making India a manufacturing hub and proposes to establish a new special working group on Startups and innovations.
“Today there are over 70,000 start-ups in India, of which over 100 are unicorns. This experience of ours can be of use to many other SCO members as well. For this purpose, we are ready to share our experience with the member countries of SCO by establishing a new Special Working Group on Startups and Innovation,” PM added.