Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that with over 140 Space Startups within a short span of time, India has gained sound footing and the entire world has begun to acknowledge India’s capabilities and her potential in Space Technology, while addressing the inaugural session of the G20 4th edition of Space Economy Leaders Meeting. The Minister pointed out that the very fact that during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to USA, Space related agreements comprised major component of the agenda is an indication that even the countries which claim to be pioneers in Space technology are today looking up to India for value addition in their Space related activities.
Lauding the private sector, Dr Jitendra Singh termed their emerging role as “pivotal” to the space economy. Global cooperation and alliances are vital in the light of growing ambition of humans to explore outer space. An alliance of responsible space faring nations for enhancing the share of space economy in the global economy is the need of the hour, he said.
Welcoming the private partners and think tanks from across the globe, India’s S&T Minister hoped the Space Economy Leaders Meeting of G20 countries will lead to convergence on use of space technologies to have a real and positive impact on the planet.
Heads of National Space Agencies, leaders of space industries of G20, Senior diplomats of G20 nations and invited countries and other dignitaries are attending the two-day meeting.