This is a great project that will foster research, innovation, and government transparency. While I’ll leave the explanations of the technology behind this amazing tool to my colleagues who work in the field, I’d like to point out how symbolic the Open Government Platform is to the history, the substance, and the promise of the U.S.-India partnership. This initiative reflects our shared history of two open, accountable democracies – the world’s oldest and the world’s largest. What better symbol of this legacy than a tool to give citizens better access to the data produced with their support and taxes? This project draws on the talents and accomplishments of one of the key sectors in our business and people-to-people relationships –Indian and American software and technology innovators and developers. And our partnership to share this Platform with third countries, for free, shows the promise of the U.S.-India relationship to promote our values and our vision around the world.
For all of our Indian friend, let me say how much we look forward to continuing to partner with you to advance and scale this hugely important part of our relationship – a collaboration that has the potential to improve the lives of millions—if not billions—of people in the 21st century.