Sunil Bharti Mittal calls upon G20 leaders to commit internet for all

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has urged world leaders of the G20 nations to invest in developing digital infrastructure in order to ensure internet for all.


During his address to a distinguished group at the B20–G20 session at the ongoing G20 Summit in Turkey, he said internet can become the cornerstone of a more inclusive global economic growth.

Mittal underlined the urgent need to bridge the global digital divide and provide easy and affordable access to Information Communication Technologies to millions across the world.

He said, “If we want to help people feed, heal, educate and employ themselves, we need to ensure they can connect to the internet. The challenge of connecting the world will require us to take many different and complimentary actions in the coming years.”

He also stressed the need to support the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which generate 60% of the world’s private sector employment.

“Globally, 95% of the enterprises are SMEs and these should be at the core of the global growth strategy outlined by the G20 nations. The SMEs can become a major source of employment opportunities for youth and support a more inclusive economic growth,” Mittal said.

He stressed on the need to bring more women and youth into the mainstream economic growth to ensure balanced growth within economies. Skilling and education infrastructure must be developed through enhanced public-private partnerships to ensure a viable talent pool for SMEs.

“The global economy is facing considerable headwinds and the unemployment rate amongst youth across the world is at a high of 13%. We must create meaningful opportunities for the young people to avoid social unrest.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who is attending the G20 Summit, has outlined ‘Digital India’ as one of the key priorities for his Government.

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November 16, 2015 7:10 pm 7:10 PM
For all those people who expect cheaper Internet, I just want to say that this is not going to happen until India achieve full optic fibre penetration.. India have ofc penetration which is around 10% as compared to China.. Mukesh will surely bring price down in early years of its launch but then it will rise again.. So if you really want cheap Internet and don’t want to pay tax then I suggest you to go to the Greece.. Don’t become hindrance to our growing economy.. Your “free everything” attitude has already bled India too much and have burdened India… Read more »
November 16, 2015 8:41 pm 8:41 PM

The govt should first start spending less on foreign trips. And I cant afford 5000rs per month for Internet…. So should I stop using or go to China. Would it have been better China occupy India like Tibet. Just f*** of

Dr Lambinagh
November 16, 2015 7:52 pm 7:52 PM

Absolutely agree.

November 16, 2015 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

First implement it yourself then ask others, check ur 2g-3g-4g tarrif then talk

Anil Kumar
November 16, 2015 10:42 am 10:42 AM

What a cruel joke by Mr. Mittal, in his native country even higher middle class can’t afford there internet plans and now chanting internet for all. First look at your own Mr. Mittal and even it’s harder to control but please try to control your greediness.

Mahmood Junaid
November 16, 2015 8:58 pm 8:58 PM

Can any other company match the widespread 3g coverage of AVOID group???? And now don’t tell about jio which still hadn’t launched… Bsnl, Aircel, Docomo or any other one can match it???

Madhan Kumar
November 16, 2015 12:58 pm 12:58 PM


November 16, 2015 12:35 pm 12:35 PM

Yes, that’s true. AVOID group looting and fooling customers. INcreasing rates of internet arbitrarily. Waiting for Jio…