Modi in US LIVE: PM meets top business leaders, urges them to invest in India


PM Modi addressing Indian diaspora during a community programme in Washington DC (Source: PMO/ Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing Indian diaspora at a community reception in Ritz Carlton in Washington DC. During his speech, Modi said he sees immense energy and potential in the Indian community that is based in USA. “I can see that every Indian wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is progressing at a record pace today,” Modi said. Prior to this, the Prime Minister held a round table conference with top US business leaders at the Willard Hotel in Washington. He had asked CEOs of top US companies to invest in the country, insisting that the country has now emerged as a business-friendly destination, which will expand following the implementation of landmark GST beginning next month.

The prime minister will also meet Donald Trump for his first bilateral meeting with the US President shortly. Trump will host PM Modi for a “working dinner” which is the first for a foreign leader at the White House in his five-month term. Modi, who is on a three-nation tour, will visit Netherlands after concluding his US visit.

Below are the LIVE updates

1.33 am: PM Modi urges the Indian diaspora in USA to keep the bridge with India. “Your younger generations must continue your strong bond with India,” he says.

1.29 am: It is now well known in India- anyone in trouble tweets to Sushma Ji, she promptly replies and the Government takes prompt action: PM Modi

1.27 am: The Indian diaspora has faith that in times of trouble the local embassy is there to help: PM Modi

1.26 am: If you want to give back to India, this is the best time to do so: Modi tells the Indian community in USA.

1.21 am: Commenting on his nation’s military prowess, Modi was quoted as saying by ANI, “When India did surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realized that India practices restrain but can show power when needed.”

1.19 am: Modi says India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism.

1.15 am: Modi says aspirations of Indian people can become achievements with proper policies and governance. “We are already seeing the results of this,” he says.

1.11 am: The youth of India understands technology and the importance of technology very well: PM Modi

12.55 am: Modi believes increased usage of technology will bring in transparency in systems.

12.53 am: Taking a dig at previous dispensations, Modi cited corruption and cheating as the reasons why previous governments were defeated in India. “People of India do not like corruption,” he says.

12.50 am: Modi says he can see that every Indian wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is progressing at a record pace today, he adds.

12.48 am: About the Indian diaspora, I can say that they rejoice when there is good news from India and want India to scale newer heights: PM Modi

12.45 am: I have travelled across USA before I became a CM or PM. And after taking over as PM, the warmth the Indian community gave is memorable: PM Modi

12.39 am: Beginning his speech at the community programme, Modi says he sees immense energy in the Indian community that is based in USA.

12.37 am: PM Modi has started interacting with the Indian community in Washington DC

12.11 am: About 700 people seated before PM Modi’s speech at the Indian community reception in Ritz Carlton in Washington DC.

11.55 pm: Walmart India CEO Krish Iyer believes that GST is a game-changing reform and that it will remove barriers and will eventually help in bringing down prices of essential commodities.

11.35 pm: Reflecting on his meeting with PM Modi at CEOs round table interaction, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told ANI that the discussion was very good. He said the Prime Minister sought insights on how India can attract more foreign investment. Pichai also expressed that everyone was excited to invest more in India. He added that he was looking forward to GST roll out.

11.05 pm: Here is the wrap of PM Modi’s round table interaction with CEOs of top US companies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon CEOs of top US companies to invest in the country, insisting that the country has now emerged as a business-friendly destination, which will expand following the implementation of landmark GST beginning next month.

During his interaction with a group of top 20 CEOs of American firms, PM Modi highlighted that India has attracted largest foreign direct investment due to the NDA government policies in the last three years.

PM Modi also gave a patient hearing to the wish-list of the CEOs, which included Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella from Microsoft, Sunder Pichai from Google, John Chambers from Cisco and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

Among other CEOs present at the meeting were Shantanu Narayen from Adobe, Ajay Banga from Mastercard, David Farr from Emerson, Doug McMillon and Punit Renjen from Deloitte Global.

Quoting the PM, Gopal Bagley, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance.”

9:45 pm:

9:35 pm:  List of CEOs attending the CEOs Roundtable with PM Modi in Washington DC. Source: Twitter

9:25 pm: The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools, says PM Modi as reported by ANI

9:20 pm: The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of business and minimum govt, max governance. Growth of India presents win-win partnership for India and US both, says PM Modi

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