New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed happiness in the country hosting the India-Africa Summit 2015, saying it is a reflection of a desire to engage more intensively for a better future.
“India is proud to host India-Africa Forum Summit 2015. The summit reflects India and Africa’s desire to engage more intensively for a better future,” Modi tweeted.
He said the level of engagement for summit had been tremendously scaled up and several African leaders would join it.
“India’s relations with Africa are historic. India is a major investor in Africa and trade has been growing remarkably in recent years,” he said in another tweet.
Stating that many events were being organised to promote friendship and trade, the prime minister said that Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) and Africa shared a close bond. “Exhibition ‘Memories of Mahatma’ talks about Bapu and his connection with Africa,” he tweeted.
An India-African business seminar would be organised from October 26 to 29 in Delhi to explore areas of cooperation between the two sides.
As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.
“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.
“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.
The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.
These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.
The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.
“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.