Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced his visit to the United States of America on September 24th. After concluding the historic and memorable visit to Ireland, Shri Narendra Modi arrived at John F Kennedy airport in New York. This marked the beginning of second leg of his two-nation tour.
In New York, the first meeting was dedicated to business. Prime Minister Modi held a roundtable meeting with top American CEOs from the financial sector. Fruitful discussions were held in the roundtable and the Prime Minister urged the CEOs to invest in various sectors. He also outlined his vision for “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India.” Shri Narendra Modi highlighted numerous steps being taken by Government to improve business environment in India which has in turn helped raise the FDI and investor confidence.
PM: GDP growth last year was 7.3%. There has been a 40 % increase in FDI; WB, IMF & Moody’s say the eco climate is bound to improve further— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 24, 2015
Accelerating growth. PM @narendramodi speaks of efforts made during last 15 months for increasing invst in areas of taxation, infra & FDI.— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 24, 2015
PM Narendra Modi held a second roundtable meeting on media, technology and communications with CEOs of entertainment and media industries. The Prime Minister noted that current era was driven by technology. The CEOs were enthusiastic about the digital transformation that is taking place in India through the Digital India initiative. Addressing the media sector CEOs, he said that Government of India has been committed to protecting IPR which is essential to fostering creativity. He also spoke about Government’s vision to connect 600,000 villages through broadband connectivity.
News Corp, 21st Century Fox, Sony, Discovery, Time Warner, A&E, VICE Media... 40 percent of the world's entertainment industry in one room!— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 24, 2015
Prime Minister Modi held extensive talks with various leaders in New York City. He met PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh. Both the leaders expressed happiness at the progress of implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement. Discussions also focused on connectivity, infrastructure, sustainable development goals, reform of the UN Security Council and other institutions of global governance.
Shri Modi held a meeting with PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Ralph Gonsalves. He thanked Dr. Gonsalves for the support extended by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines towards UNSC reform. The Prime Minister also met President David Arthur Granger of Guyana. President Granger also presented PM Narendra Modi copies of two monographs written by him. The President was appreciative of Indian support for capacity building in the IT sector in Guyana.
Yet another productive meeting with PM Sheikh Hasina. We discussed India-Bangladesh ties. pic.twitter.com/RN9LFbeLvG— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2015
Discussed India-Guyana ties with President David Granger & invited him to visit India. pic.twitter.com/bTndpsgwnR— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 25, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met heads of various business firms. Shri Modi attended a working dinner where major Fortune-500 CEOs were present. Prime Minister interacted with 42 American CEOs from the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. The Prime Minister highlighted his commitment for predictable, transparent and accountable governance. Discussions were held on investment opportunities in India. The PM made a strong pitch for ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives.
More discussions on business, investment and the economy during the interaction with leading CEOs. pic.twitter.com/smRcFePhVA— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 25, 2015
PM: Reform in governance is my No. 1 priority. We are for simplified procedures, speedy decision making, transparency & accountability— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 25, 2015
PM: FDI all over the world has fallen but in India it increased by 40 percent. This reflects confidence in the Indian economy.— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 25, 2015