Gujarat CM at Defence Offsets Conf at 6th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit

“Need for holistic defence policy to make India self-reliant”

“Gujarat keen to promote entrepreneurs for defence production”

Ahmedabad, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for framing a holistic policy to make India self-reliant in defence production for the security forces alongside training skilled human resources. In fact, he said, India is capable of fulfilling the defence needs of smaller and developing nations, too.

Delivering the valedictory address at an International Conference on ‘Defence Offsets’ organized as part of 6th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit (VGGIS) here, he said that India spends a huge amount of foreign exchange in importing arms which required to be curtailed. Research in developing and manufacturing latest sophisticated defence equipment is the crying need of the day.

While seminars are being held on as many as 123 topics at VGGIS this year, he said he deemed it fit to devote a full day’s brain storming session dedicated to country’s defence needs.

Mr. Modi invited entrepreneurs with engineering background to set up their defence equipment units in Gujarat. He said the state has already large manufacturing base of small and medium scale units which could be gainfully deployed in defence production in cluster form as well.

Prominent among those present at the conference were FICCI Chairman Ashok Kanodia, FICCI Defence Sub-Committee Chairman Jayant Patil and delegates.

Earlier, FICCI Defence Committee Co-Chairman Rahul Choudhry welcomed the guests and FICCI Director General Arbind Prasad proposed a vote of thanks.

The conference concluded with the Chief Minister’s interactive session with chief executives.


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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit today.  

The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger - Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics. 

During the session, Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the support extended by the G7 and other guest countries during the recent wave of COVID infections in India. 

He highlighted India's ‘whole of society’ approach to fight the pandemic, synergising the efforts of all levels of the government, industry and civil society.   

He also explained India’s successful use of open source digital tools for contact tracing and vaccine management, and conveyed India's willingness to share its experience and expertise with other developing countries.

Prime Minister committed India's support for collective endeavours to improve global health governance. He sought the G7's support for the proposal moved at the WTO by India and South Africa, for a TRIPS waiver on COVID related technologies. 

Prime Minister Modi said that today's meeting should send out a message of "One Earth One Health" for the whole world. Calling for global unity, leadership, and solidarity to prevent future pandemics, Prime Minister emphasized the special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies in this regard. 

PM will participate in the final day of the G7 Summit tomorrow and will speak in two Sessions.