FB-Jio partnership to accelerate India’s digital economy: Mukesh Ambani

Jio Mart and WhatAspp to empower three crore kirana stores

MUMBAI: Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani said that the Facebook-Jio partnership will accelerate the country’s digital economy.

In a video message, he said: “All of us at Reliance and Jio are delighted to welcome Facebook as our long-term and esteemed partner. At the core of our partnership is the commitment that Mark Zuckerburg, founder of Facebook, and I share for the all-round transformation of India and serving all the Indians. Together our two companies will accelerate India’s digital economy to empower you, enable you, and you enrich you.”

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He maintained that the partnership will be a great catalyst to make India the world’s leading digital society. Over the past few years Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram have become household names in India. WhatsApp in particular has entered our people’s daily vocabulary in all the 23 official languages of the country, he said.

“WhatsApp is not just a digital application; it has become a good friend who brings together families, friends, businesses, information-seekers and providers. The combined powers of Jio’s world-class connectivity platforms and Facebook’s intimate relationship with Indians will offer innovative new solutions to each one of you,” he said.

In the very near future, Jio Mart, Jio’s digital’s new commerce platform, and WhatsApp will empower nearly three crore Indian kirana stores to digitally transact with every customer in their neighbourhood, he said. “This means all of you can order and get fast delivery of day-to-day items, from nearby local shops. At the same time, small kiranas can grow their businesses and create new employment opportunities using digital technology. And in the days to come, this winning recipe will be extended to serve other key stakeholders of Indian society.”

He maintained that this will benefit “our farmers, small and medium enterprises, our students and teachers, our healthcare providers, and above all our youth who are the foundation of a new India.”

“Our visionary prime minister Narendra Modi has set ambitious goals in his digital India mission: ease of living for Indians especially for the common Indian, and ease of doing business for all entrepreneurs, especially the small ones. Today, I assure you the synergy between Jio and Facebook will help realize these two goals,” he explained.  

Wishing that the country will be able to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, he expressed the hope that with our collective effort, India will emerge stronger and healthier.  

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