The Reliance chairman hailed Qatar’s leadership and its national vision and the way Qatar’s model of economic progress has led to shape its future by providing the most modern and advance infrastructure for its people
By Maneesh Bakshi
India will never forget what Qatar has done for it during the crisis of the second Covid wave, Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani said while speaking on the inaugural day of the Qatar Economic Forum on Monday (June 21).
Mukesh Ambani, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, said in an interview: “Qatar’s help during the Indian crisis has moved much beyond commerce when it employed its civil aircraft to transport much needed timely medical supplies to reach India in time.”
He also hailed Qatar’s leadership and its national vision and the way Qatar’s model of economic progress has led to shape its future by providing the most modern and advance infrastructure for its people.
According to Ambani, there is lot to be learnt from the achievements of Qatar, especially the way it has used its hydrocarbon wealth into its education and healthcare sectors to develop a robust infrastructure that withstood crises such as the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Talking about the current pandemic crisis, he said, “It is certainly not the last health crisis that has hit this planet, therefore nations must invest into improving their healthcare, education and communications sector so as to bridge the current divide that has been seen in terms of availability of vaccines and other services.”
He also said, “Digital infrastructure is very useful in current situation for it can make possible people to work from their homes as well as children to have access to online education or even make mass vaccination possible in a most efficient and effective way.”
“This trend of digital physical mode is going to stay here from now onwards and will be a new normal into the future. It is an absolute must for all economies to integrate and enhance digital infrastructure which has been so useful in the present pandemic crisis,” he added.
He further said, “Digital divide must be bridged. It must be recognised that communication and connectivity have become universal need for the people and also a fundamental right of every person on this planet, equivalent to food, shelter and clothing.”
Talking about the biggest challenges the world will face in the post-pandemic phase, he said, “The first challenge is to get rid of the vaccination divide the world is witnessing. It is strange the bulk of the developed world will be vaccinated by the end of this year,”
According to him, “it is the whole humanity we have to take into consideration and make sure they all are included in this vaccination drive not just the world that has all the resources”.
The second challenge, according to him, is to bring back all the economies, particularly those of the developing world, under the fold of some sort of support in a sustainable way. “All of us, be it in industry, civil society or government, we have to work in coalition for the sake of the global economy instead of for only our own country”.
“I think trade, alongside the purpose and compassion, is a way forward and that is going to get us all together to integrate and make sure we will collectively overcome global problems and be one to move forward in the times to come,” Ambani concluded.