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Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Consultation of the YMCA Brand Building on Friday, 24th May 2013 in Ahmedabad.

Shri Narendra Modi said that even though one could find Gujarat tourists in all parts of the world, there was a time when Gujarat was never a tourist destination. With the efforts from the government, the scenario has changed and Gujarat is considered has made a place on the tourism map top and is regarded as a top tourist destination now. Shri Modi also welcomed the concept of conference tourism. Shri Modi stated that Gujarat is lucky to be hosting so many conferences as it gives a boost to tourism.

Shri Modi said that he was touched that the Prime Minister has taken note of his speech at SRCC during the Prime Minister’s recent speech but wondered why he said that he inherit an empty glass. Shri Modi opined that the glass of the UPA government is completely full with corruption and that the people’s trust has been completely eroded by the current government.

Shri Modi said that the mission of Youth Empowerment is very close to his heart and complimented the YMCA for its efforts in the same field. Shri Modi further stressed on the importance of harnessing the power of youth in a country like India where 65% of the people below 35 years of age.  Shri Modi said that such a huge youth population is a blessing. Shri Modi expressed his displeasure at the current scheme of things where youth is considered merely as a voter. He stated that we need to change such a mindset and according to him, youth is not merely a voter, but the power of the country. He said that the youth comes with fresh ideas and a fresh approach to things and it is essential to empower the youth.

Shri Modi talked about the steps taken in Gujarat to empower the youth and to harness their potential. Shri Modi informed how Khel Maha Kumbhs are held in Gujarat to promote sports and sportsmanship. Around 18 lakh people have taken part in the Khel Maha Kumbhs. Shri Modi stressed on the importance of sports in our lives. He said that sports are an essential part of our life because it helps cultivate a feeling of sportsmanship and promote healthy and amicable relations among people. He added that without such a spirit there can be no harmony in the society. Shri Modi affirmed that Gujarat’s initiatives have not stopped with Khel Maha Kumbhs. Sports events for the specially abled children have also been organized which have witnessed record participation. He expressed happiness at Gujarat being able to meet the 100% target for enrollment in schools.

Shri Modi stressed on the importance of Skill Development. He said that in today’s times when comparisons are made between India and China, we must take a cue from China’s skill development initiatives. In order to compete on a global level, we must equip our youth with skills. He said that all necessary endeavours must be undertaken to provide skill development to the youth. Shri Modi also rued the lack of innovation in our country in present times. Enough importance is not being attached to research. Shri Modi told that Gujarat has taken an initiative with iCreate, a centre to foster and promote entrepreneurs and innovators. He also talked about the Chief Minister’s Fellowship Program where the youth can come and learn about governance and related issues . He informed that there were a lot of applicants who left plum jobs and came to work for humble amounts under the CM Fellowship Program.

Shri Modi was all praise for how social media was emerging as a medium to connect people. He added that he would be happy to maintain contact with the members of YMCA on the social media.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.