Diversification of supply chains top focus at India-Italy virtual summit Photograph:( WION )
India, Australia and Japan are working on alternate supply chains, and focus is that more countries join the initiative
Diversification of supply chains was the top focus of India-Italy virtual summit on Friday, the 5th such virtual summit of Indian Prime Minister amidst the COVID pandemic. The virtual summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Italian PM Giuseppe Conte also saw both sides discussing the COVID crisis and G20 summit, given Italy will host the summit next year and India in 2022.
Sandeep Chakravorty, Secretary (Europe West) at the MEA presser, after the virtual summit said, "Italy is very keen to diversify its supply chains & investment to have a more substantive economic partnership with India. Bilateral economic cooperation was focused on diversification of supply chains".
India, Australia and Japan are working on alternate supply chains, and focus is that more countries join the initiative. In fact, one was the virtual summit was with Denmark's PM and the focus on the diversified supply chain.
Currently, global supply chains are China dominated and amidst the covid pandemic, an aggressive Beijing necessitated alternate supply chains by like-minded countries such as India, US, Japan, Australia.
Interestingly, the Joint statement after the summit saw both sides stressing on the "importance of the Indo-Pacific region as a fundamental area" for connecting Asia and Europe and stated their Countries’ willingness to support"all connectivity initiatives based on internationally recognized norms and standards, good governance, rule of law, inclusiveness, transparency and a level playing field."
All in all 15 MoU were signed between the two sides, on trade, technology, shipping, energy.