U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded India as a “super power” in the field of information technology as he unveiled the low-cost Aakash2 tablet in the United Nations.
The tablet was showcased at the U.N. headquarters on Wednesday on the occasion of the India’s current Presidency of the U.N. Security Council.
CEO of Datawind, maker of the Aakash tablet, Suneet Singh Tuli, presented the device to the U.N. chief who voiced appreciation for the tablet for being “small and handy”.
“India is a critical player on security issues, but you are also a leader on development and technology. Indeed, India is a super-power on the information superhighway. There is a reason places like Hyderabad are called Cyberabad,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks.
The U.N. chief said he is aware that Aakash means sky in Hindi and called on nations to work with the U.N. to help young people “reach for the sky and meet their dreams.”
He said technology is not an end in itself but is the key to empower people to make the most of their own potential.
“Information and communications technologies are engines of economic growth and development and can help transform people’s lives. They are great enablers, helping people communicate across distances, facilitating trade and commerce and providing better access to health care and education,” he said.
Mr. Ban said technology is being used in innumerable ways around the world to improve the lives of people but the challenge is to leverage the power of technology and bridge the digital divide.