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"Mahatma Mandir witnesses a Grand Start to the Vibrant Gujarat Investment Summit."
"Captains of Industry, Global leaders attend the event in large numbers."
"It was a an eye-opening experience to visit places like BRTS corridor, Sabarmati riverfront and the Gift city:Mr. Takeshi Yagi, Japan’s Ambassador to India“"
"In the current environment, how many economies can boast of a double digit GDP? Gujarat is at the top of the list: Mr Ron Somers, President, US-India Business Council"
"Shri Modi has the vision and a grand determination to succeed: Shri Mukesh Ambani,"
"Shri Modi is a lord amongst men, a King of Kings, a leader of Leaders: Shri Anil Ambani"
"Shri Modi was not only facing an election but also he was planning to personally lead Vibrant Gujarat: Shri Gautam Adani"
"There is a strong basis for a commercial partnership. Today, more than 50 British Companies are participating in the summit: Sir James Bevan, Britain’s High Commissioner to India"
"The world is talking about B2B and B2C, we are interested in B2G and G2B, Britain to Gujarat and Gujarat to Britain: Ms Patricia Hewitt, Chairman UKIBC"
"Canada is proud to be a partner at Vibrant Gujarat: Hon. Stewart Beck, Canada’s High Commissioner to India "

On the Morning of 11th January 2013, Mahatma Mandir witnessed a Grand Start to the Vibrant Gujarat Investment Summit. Captains of Industry and Global leaders attended the event in large numbers. The event saw Shri Modi releasing a book, titled ‘Vision to Reality’ which chronicles 60 key projects of the Gujarat Government.

In his inaugural address, Chief Secretary Shri AK Joti spoke about the history of the Vibrant Gujarat summit and expressed confidence that new benchmarks would be set in the years to come.

After that numerous dignitaries and industrial leaders addressed the august gathering.

Shri Adi Godrej, noted business leader & president of CII congratulated the CM for his third electoral victory and said that this would ensure that Gujarat’s progressive policies and stability would continue. He praised Shri Modi for his visionary leadership and mentioned that the Gujarat model was being emulated by many other states in India.  Additionally, he praised Gujarat for making remarkable progress in Energy, Agriculture, Skill Development, Technology and Innovation.  He said that he felt privileged to be associated with the VGGS.

 

Hon. Takeshi Yagi, Japan’s Ambassador to India declared, “I’m truly impressed by the dynamism of India and its people. One of the important events of my tenure was my trip to Gujarat. It was a revelation to visit places like BRTS corridor, Sabarmati riverfront and the Gift city.”

He also spoke about two conferences focussing on High-Speed Railways and Urban Development Projects that will be jointly organized by the Government or Gujarat and the Japanese Government, in the future.

Patrick Brown, a Member of Parliament from Canada praised Shri Modi’s leadership. He expressed hope that VGGS would help in increasing bilateral Trade between India and Canada and also hoped that it would lead to mutual growth.

 

Mr. Ron Somers President of the US-India Business Council congratulated Mr Modi for the progress made by Gujarat in the past 11 years.

He said, “A new benchmark has been set not just in India, but in the world and that benchmark is the fact that progress trumps politics. How many economies can boast of a double digit GDP?Gujarat is at the top of the list.”

Noted Industrialist Shri Anil Ambani lavished praise on Chief Minister Shri Modi and affirmed that Shri Modi had incorporated the teachings of Shri Mahatma Gandhi who taught us about bridging the gap between theory and practice, Sardar Vallabhai Patel who embodied personal sacrifice and Shri Dhirubhai Ambani who taught us the importance of vision.

Additionally he said, “Nara in Sanskrit means man and indra means king, Narendrabhaiis  the lord of men, king among kings. Shri Modi has Arjuna like clarity of vision and purpose. This has acted as a huge magnet for investors and entrepreneurs.”

Shri Amitabh Kant (IAS), Chairman of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor spoke of a different kind of energy in Gujarat.  He said, “Gujarat is creating jobs, driving manufacturing and urbanization. In Dholera a new ultra-modern City will come up. The credit goes to the Gujarat team and the dynamic leadership of Shri Modi.”

Mr. Freddy Svane, Denmark’s Ambassador to India declared, “This is my 4th visit to Gujarat. Gujarat is setting global standards, the world has high expectations from India, and these are being met in Gujarat.”

Further, he spoke about Denmark’s collaboration with Gujarat in Green technology.

Philosophizing about the reasons for Gujarat’s progress, renowned industrialist, Shri Anand Mahindra said, “Gujaratis think big and do not fear failure. Additionally they believe in building lasting relationships.  Shri Modi and his team have succeeded because of their vision, their courage and their ability to build such lasting relationships.”

Mr. Lowell Paddock, President, GM India gave an example of the rapid pace of development taking place in Gujarat. He said, “When we got here it took us four hours to get fromVadodara to Halol.Now, it takes us only 30 min. This has increased our efficiency and reduced our costs. Additionally, we have enjoyed the benefits of uninterrupted power supply.”

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Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries expressed his delight at attending the VGGS. He appreciated the fact that the VGGS had built on the momentum from the earlier summits.

He praised the state’s leadership and said, “Gujarat is blessed to have a talented and committed team. I compliment them for Gujarat’s glowing achievements. Shri Modi has thevision and a grand determination to succeed.”

Additionally, Shri Ambani declared, “I am very fortunate that the Hon.CM has given me the responsibility to lead an educational institution. I reiterate my commitment to Shri Modi’s vision.We aim to make PDPU a world-class institution of research.”

President of JETRO, Mr. Hidehiro Yokoo expressed happiness at the fact that JETRO was a partner organization for VGGS. He said, “In November 2011 we signed a MoU with the Gujarat Government to cooperate in promoting Japanese investment in India.

He further praised Gujarat’s development and said, “Gujarat has become a hub for auto production. Shri Modi’s clear vision, decisive action and strong leadership have resulted in Gujarat’s success.”

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Ms. Chanda Kochchar, CEO, ICICI Bank said,” Vibrant Gujarat Summit has become an institution. It’s a great medium to communicate the fact that Gujarat welcomes investment.”Additionally Ms. Kochchar praised Shri Modi’s integration of technology in the process of Governance.

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Chairman and CEO of China Steel Corporation Mr. J.C. Tsou declared, “Industry climate in Gujarat is very congenial for our companies. I look forward to Shri Modi’s visionary leadership.”

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Dr. Renu Khator from the University of Houston recalled her experiences with the Education system in Uttar Pradesh and praised the Education system in Gujarat. She further praised the CM and said,” You have proven that you have the courage to act and humility. You are currently a role model for what is possible.”

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Shri Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group praised Shri Modi’s visionary leadership. He said, “No leader of any state has such a massive impact on modern India.”He further praised the Chief Minister’s dedication to the people of Gujarat and said, “Shri Modi was not only facing an election but also he was planning to personally lead Vibrant Gujarat.”

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K Venkataramanan of L&T spoke about the company’s investments in Gujarat. He praised Vibrant Gujarat by saying, “Every Vibrant Gujarat means that a lot of us get an opportunity to create an iconic monument in this great state.”He praised Shri Modi’s leadership and called him an Icon.

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Shri Shashi Ruia, Chairman of the Essar Group congratulated Shri Modi for his electoral success and said, “He proved good economics can coexist with good politics. Gujarat has bucked slowdown and recession. It is testimony to Modi ji's vision & leadership skills.”

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Dr. Geoffrey Lee, a Member of Parliament from Australia praised Shri Modi’s Development works and said that it was no accident that Shri Modi had been elected for a third consecutive term. He further said, “You have delivered in port and infrastructure. All of this is because of your leadership, vision and passion.”


 

Sir James Bevan, Britain’s High Commissioner to India expressed hope for closer and deeper ties between Gujarat and Britain. He said, “There is a strong basis for a commercial partnership. Today we have more than 50 British Companies here.”He further expressed hope that the UK and Gujarat would partner in the fields of Education, science, Innovation and Renewable Energy.

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Shri R.C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki declared, “The government took up all requirements that a company like ours can need. People were given responsibilities and work started immediately.”He further said that he was looking forward to working in Gujarat.

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In his speech, Shri Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group praised Shri Modi and said, “All credit goes to (Shri Modi) for his vision, for setting high standards and for fostering unity in the government.”He pledged that the Tata group would invest 34,000 crore in Gujarat and expressed hope that Gujarat would continue to differentiate itself from other investment locations. Further,he commended the CM for making Gujarata vibrant destination and conducive to investment.  He said, “I hope the world sees Gujarat as an outstanding example of what can be done when you have the desire to succeed. "

The Vice President of Hunan Province, China expressed hope of establishing a deeper relationship with Gujarat. He declared,” We would like to meet with you again, in June. We would also like to establish and enhance our partnership in terms of economy, trade and tourism.”

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Ms. Patricia Hewitt, Chair of the UK-India Business Council spoke about Gujarat’s rapid progress and highlighted the fact that Gujarat was growing at a faster rate than China.

She expressed hope that a deeper relationship would be beneficial to both Gujarat and the UK. She said, “As we trade and invest together, we will create more jobs and ensure growth for the people of Gujarat and Britain. The world is talking about B2B and B2C, we are interested in B2G and G2B, Britain to Gujarat and Gujarat to Britain.”

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Hon. Stewart Beck, Canada’s High Commissioner to India said that Canada was proud to be a partner country at Vibrant Gujarat.  He spoke about the increase in the participation of the Canadian Delegation in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. He recalled that while only three Canadian delegates participated in the first VGGS, today there were more than 200 Canadian delegates.

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Hon. Nobuhiko Sasaki from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry called Gujarat the most promising state for investment. The Japanese delegation consisted of more than 100 members.

The speeches were followed by an inspiring and invigorating address by Shri Narendra Modi who expressed hope that in the current atmosphere of gloom, Gujarat would be a ray of hope and would give a new speed to the journey of development.

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Fact Sheet: Quad Leaders’ Summit
September 25, 2021
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On September 24, President Biden hosted Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan at the White House for the first-ever in-person Leaders’ Summit of the Quad. The leaders have put forth ambitious initiatives that deepen our ties and advance practical cooperation on 21st-century challenges: ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including by increasing production and access to safe and effective vaccines; promoting high-standards infrastructure; combatting the climate crisis; partnering on emerging technologies, space, and cybersecurity; and cultivating next-generation talent in all of our countries.

COVID and Global Health

Quad leaders recognize that the most immediate threat to lives and livelihoods in our four countries and the world is the COVID-19 pandemic. And so in March, Quad leaders launched the Quad Vaccine Partnership, to help enhance equitable access to safe and effective vaccines in the Indo-Pacific and the world. Since March, the Quad has taken bold actions to expand safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity, donated vaccines from our own supply, and worked together to assist the Indo-Pacific in responding to the pandemic. The Quad Vaccine Experts Group remains the heart of our cooperation, meeting regularly to brief on the latest pandemic trends and coordinate our collective COVID-19 response across the Indo-Pacific, including by piloting the Quad Partnership COVID-19 Dashboard. We welcome President Biden’s September 22 COVID-19 Summit, and acknowledge that our work continues. The Quad will:

Help Vaccinate the World: As Quad countries, we have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion vaccine doses globally, in addition to the doses we have financed through COVAX. To date we have collectively delivered nearly 79 million safe and effective vaccine doses to the Indo-Pacific region. Our Vaccine Partnership remains on track to expand manufacturing at Biological E Ltd. this fall, so that it can produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. As a first step towards that new capacity, the leaders will announce bold actions that will immediately help the Indo-Pacific in its quest to end the pandemic. We recognize the importance of open and secure supply chains for vaccine production. The Quad welcomed India’s announcement to resume exports of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, including to COVAX, beginning in October 2021.

Through $3.3 billion in the COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan program, Japan will continue to help regional countries to procure safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines. Australia will deliver $212 million in grant aid to purchase vaccines for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In addition, Australia will allocate $219 million to support last-mile vaccine rollouts and lead in coordinating the Quad’s last-mile delivery efforts in those regions. Quad member countries will coordinate with the ASEAN Secretariat, the COVAX Facility, and other relevant organizations. We will continue to strengthen and support the life-saving work of international organizations and partnerships, including the WHO, COVAX, Gavi, CEPI, and UNICEF; and national governments. At the same time, the leaders are fully committed to strengthening vaccine confidence and trust. To that end, Quad countries will host an event at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) dedicated to combatting hesitancy.

Save Lives Now: Together as the Quad, we are committed to taking further action in the Indo-Pacific to save lives now. Japan, through Japan Bank for International Cooperation, will work with India to enhance key investments of approximately $100 million in the healthcare sector related to COVID-19, including vaccine and treatment drugs. We will utilize the Quad Vaccine Experts Group and convene as needed to urgently consult in relation to our emergency assistance.

Build Back Better Health Security: The Quad commits to better preparing our countries and the world for the next pandemic. We will continue to build coordination in our broader COVID-19 response and health-security efforts in the Indo-Pacific, and we will jointly build and conduct at least one pandemic preparedness tabletop or exercise in 2022. We will also further strengthen our science and technology cooperation in support of the 100-Day Mission—to have safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics available within 100 days—now and into the future. This includes collaboration on current and future clinical trials, such as launching additional sites for the international Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) trials, which can expedite investigation of promising new vaccines and therapeutics, while at the same time supporting countries in the region to improve their capacity to undertake scientifically sound clinical research. We will support the call for a "global pandemic radar” and will improve our viral genomic surveillance, including by working together to strengthen and expand the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS).

Infrastructure

Building on the G7’s announcement of Build Back Better World (B3W)—an infrastructure partnership focused on digital connectivity, climate, health and health security, and gender equality infrastructure—the Quad will rally expertise, capacity, and influence to strengthen ongoing infrastructure initiatives in the region and identify new opportunities to meet the needs there. The Quad will:

Launch the Quad Infrastructure Coordination Group: Building on existing leadership from Quad partners on high-standards infrastructure, a senior Quad infrastructure coordination group will meet regularly to share assessments of regional infrastructure needs and coordinate respective approaches to deliver transparent, high-standards infrastructure. The group will also coordinate technical assistance and capacity-building efforts, including with regional partners, to ensure our efforts are mutually reinforcing and complementary in meeting the significant infrastructure demand in the Indo-Pacific.

Lead on High-Standards Infrastructure: Quad partners are leaders in building quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region. Our complementary approaches leverage both public and private resources to achieve maximum impact. Since 2015, Quad partners have provided more than $48 billion in official finance for infrastructure in the region. This represents thousands of projects, including capacity-building, across more than 30 countries in support of rural development, health infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, renewable power generation (e.g., wind, solar, and hydro), telecommunications, road transportation, and more. Our infrastructure partnership will amplify these contributions and further catalyze private-sector investment in the region.

Climate

Quad countries share serious concern with the August Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report findings on the latest climate science, which has significant implications for climate action. To address the climate crisis with the urgency it demands, Quad countries will focus their efforts on the themes of climate ambition, including working on 2030 targets for national emissions and renewable energy, clean-energy innovation and deployment, as well as adaptation, resilience, and preparedness. Quad countries commit to pursue enhanced actions in the 2020s to meet anticipated energy demand and decarbonize at pace and scale to keep our climate goals within reach in the Indo-Pacific. Additional efforts include working together on methane abatement in the natural-gas sector and on establishing responsible and resilient clean-energy supply chains. The Quad will:

Form a Green-Shipping Network: Quad countries represent major maritime shipping hubs with some of the largest ports in the world. As a result, Quad countries are uniquely situated to deploy green-port infrastructure and clean-bunkering fuels at scale. Quad partners will organize their work by launching a Quad Shipping Taskforce and will invite leading ports, including Los Angeles, Mumbai Port Trust, Sydney (Botany), and Yokohama, to form a network dedicated to greening and decarbonizing the shipping value chain. The Quad Shipping Task Force will organize its work around several lines of efforts and aims to establish two to three Quad low-emission or zero-emission shipping corridors by 2030.

Establish a Clean-Hydrogen Partnership: The Quad will announce a clean-hydrogen partnership to strengthen and reduce costs across all elements of the clean-hydrogen value chain, leveraging existing bilateral and multilateral hydrogen initiatives in other fora. This includes technology development and efficiently scaling up the production of clean hydrogen (hydrogen produced from renewable energy, fossil fuels with carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear for those who choose to deploy it), identification and development of delivery infrastructure to safely and efficiently transport, store, and distribute clean hydrogen for end-use applications, and stimulating market demand to accelerate trade in clean hydrogen in the Indo-Pacific region.

Enhance Climate Adaptation, Resilience, and Preparedness: Quad countries commit to increasing the Indo-Pacific region’s resilience to climate change by improving critical climate information-sharing and disaster-resilient infrastructure. The Quad countries will convene a Climate & Information Services Task Force and build a new technical facility through the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure that will provide technical assistance in small island developing states.

People-to-People Exchange and Education

The students of today will be the leaders, innovators, and pioneers of tomorrow. To build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists, Quad partners are proud to announce the Quad Fellowship: a first-of-its-kind scholarship program, operated and administered by a philanthropic initiative and in consultation with a non-governmental task force comprised of leaders from each Quad country. This program will bring together exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian masters and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study in the United States. This new fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips to each Quad country and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians. The Quad will:

Launch the Quad Fellowship: The Fellowship will sponsor 100 students per year—25 from each Quad country—to pursue masters and doctoral degrees at leading STEM graduate universities in the United States. It will serve as one of the world’s leading graduate fellowships; but uniquely, the Quad Fellowship will focus on STEM and bring together the top minds of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative, will operate and administer the fellowship program in consultation with a non-governmental taskforce, comprised of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each Quad country. Founding sponsors of the fellowship program include Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital, and the program welcomes additional sponsors interested in supporting the Fellowship.

Critical and Emerging Technologies

Quad leaders are committed to working together to foster an open, accessible, and secure technology ecosystem. Since establishing a new critical and emerging technologies working group in March, we have organized our work around four efforts: technical standards, 5G diversification and deployment, horizon-scanning, and technology supply chains. Today, the Quad leaders launch a statement of principles on technology, along with new efforts that together will advance critical and emerging technologies shaped by our shared democratic values and respect for universal human rights. The Quad will:

Publish a Quad Statement of Principles: After months of collaboration, the Quad will launch a statement of principles on technology design, development, governance, and use that we hope will guide not only the region but the world towards responsible, open, high-standards innovation.

Establish Technical Standards Contact Groups: The Quad will establish contact groups on Advanced Communications and Artificial Intelligence focusing on standards-development activities as well as foundational pre-standardization research.

Launch a Semiconductor Supply Chain Initiative: Quad partners will launch a joint initiative to map capacity, identify vulnerabilities, and bolster supply-chain security for semiconductors and their vital components. This initiative will help ensure Quad partners support a diverse and competitive market that produces the secure critical technologies essential for digital economies globally.

Support 5G Deployment and Diversification: To support the critical role of Quad governments in fostering and promoting a diverse, resilient, and secure telecommunications ecosystem, the Quad has launched a Track 1.5 industry dialogue on Open RAN deployment and adoption, coordinated by the Open RAN Policy Coalition. Quad partners will jointly facilitate enabling environments for 5G diversification, including with efforts related to testing and test facilities.

Monitor Biotechnology Scanning: The Quad will monitor trends in critical and emerging technologies, starting with advanced biotechnologies, including synthetic biology, genome sequencing, and biomanufacturing. In the process, we will identify related opportunities for cooperation.

Cybersecurity

Building on longstanding collaboration among our four countries on cybersecurity, the Quad will launch new efforts to bolster critical-infrastructure resilience against cyber threats by bringing together the expertise of our nations to drive domestic and international best practices. The Quad will:

Launch a Quad Senior Cyber Group: Leader-level experts will meet regularly to advance work between government and industry on driving continuous improvements in areas including adoption and implementation of shared cyber standards; development of secure software; building workforce and talent; and promoting the scalability and cybersecurity of secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.

Space

Quad countries are among the world’s scientific leaders, including in space. Today, the Quad will begin space cooperation for the first time with a new working group. In particular, our partnership will exchange satellite data, focused on monitoring and adapting to climate change, disaster preparedness, and responding to challenges in shared domains. The Quad will:

Share Satellite Data to Protect the Earth and its Waters: Our four countries will start discussions to exchange Earth observation satellite data and analysis on climate-change risks and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources. Sharing this data will help Quad countries to better adapt to climate change and to build capacity in other Indo-Pacific states that are at grave climate risk, in coordination with the Quad Climate Working group.Enable Capacity-Building for Sustainable Development: The Quad countries will also enable capacity-building in space-related domains in other Indo-Pacific countries to manage risks and challenges. The Quad countries will work together to support, strengthen, and enhance space applications and technologies of mutual interest.

Consult on Norms and Guidelines: We will also consult on norms, guidelines, principles, and rules for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the outer space environment.