India, US govts urge business community to take advantage of groundwork

Modi said that in the last three days of his State Visit to the US, several historic steps have been taken to further strengthen bilateral ties.

India, US govts urge business community to take advantage of groundwork

Saturday June 24, 2023,

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the governments of India and the US have done the groundwork for the business community of the two countries and it is now the responsibility of the corporate sector to take advantage of this and proposer.

Addressing business leaders and philanthropists from India and the US as well as other prominent members of the Indian-American community at the Kennedy Centre here on Friday, he stressed that the India-US partnership is not of convenience but one of conviction, shared commitments and compassion.

Modi said that in the last three days of his State Visit to the US, several historic steps have been taken to further strengthen bilateral ties.

From defence to aviation, applied materials to manufacturing, and the IT and space sectors, India and the US are now moving forward as most reliable partners, Prime Minister Modi said at the event organised by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

He urged the business community to step forward and take full advantage of this opportunity.

Every development project of India has the capacity to further strengthen the American dream, Modi said, citing that India was investing a record $125 billion in infrastructure development.

In India's growth story, there are unlimited opportunities for America and for the country's corporate community, he said.

"For you, it is the time to take the first and fast mover advantage," the Indian prime minister said amid a round of applause from the audience.

Modi said in the past three days, he and President Joe Biden spent a lot of time discussing several historic issues. In their meetings, the two leaders had concrete discussions over the future of India-US relations and have decided to follow a clear strategy ahead in this regard.

The India-US technological handshake meeting in the White House sent a message to companies, businesses, manufacturers and innovators that "this is the moment", he said, adding, "The governments of India and the US have done the groundwork for you."

"Now you have the responsibility to play and proposer on this ground. The one who plays will prosper," Modi said.

Asserting that whenever India has become strong, the world has benefited, the prime minister said this was seen during the Covid pandemic that when the world needed medicines, India increased its production and provided medicines.

He also said the basis of India's success and its development's biggest driving force is the aspiration of its people. In the last two and two and a half years, US companies have invested more than $16 billion in India, Modi noted.

India is the world's youngest nation and it has the world's biggest youth talent pool and skilled and professional force, the prime minister said and asserted that whichever country joins India at this time, it is bound to benefit.

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"We are keeping the fiscal deficit in check and continuously increasing our Capex. Our export is increasing, our Forex is increasing, and new records are being created in FDI," Modi said.

The event was also addressed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum President and CEO Mukesh Aghi, and Chairman Emeritus at Cisco and founder of JC2 Ventures John Chambers.

Blinken said, "President Biden often likes to say that America can be defined by a single word: possibilities. These past few days have underscored how that spirit of possibility defines the US-India relationship."

"Our governments will continue to do our part. But I'm asking all of you in this room to continue to do yours. Forge new ventures and partnerships, invent game-changing products and services, create unimagined opportunities, visit friends and family in India and host them here in the United States."

"Continue to be that engine powering our progress. If we do all that, I truly believe that the US and India will shape together a more peaceful, more prosperous and a more connected future," he said.

The US Secretary of State said that half a century or 100 years ago the answer to the question "What constitutes the wealth of a nation" would probably have been the size of its landmass, its population, the strength of its military and its abundance of raw materials.

"All those things remain important. But I think what the United States and India recognise together is that in this 21st century, the true wealth of our nation is our people and our ability to maximise their potential is what sets us apart," Blinken added.


Edited by Megha Reddy