Several American top CEOs have showed their willingness to be partners in skill development and education initiatives during Prime Minister Narendra Modi interaction with Top 20 American CEOs at a roundtable meeting in Washington DC.
The CEOs also mentioned about social initiatives being undertaken by their companies in India, in spheres such as women empowerment, digital technology, education and food processing. Themes such as infrastructure, defence manufacturing and energy security also came up for discussion.
The CEOs appreciated the Prime Minister for his policy initiatives and the work done in recent times towards ease of doing business. Initiatives such as Digital India, Make in India, Skill Development, Demonetization and the thrust towards renewable energy came in for much appreciation from a number of CEOs.
Welcoming the CEOs, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world is focused on India’s economy. He said a young population and a rising middle class are among factors which generate global interest in the Indian economy, especially in areas such as manufacturing, trade and commerce, and people to people contacts. The Prime Minister spoke of the recent reforms, and noted that the union government alone has initiated 7,000 reforms. He mentioned the government’s emphasis on efficiency, transparency, growth and benefit for all. On GST, the Prime Minister said that its implementation is a complex task that may well be the subject of future case-studies. He added that this shows India can take big decisions and implement them swiftly.
“Terrific meeting with Narendra Modi. Always impressed, energized by optimism and invention in India. Excited to keep investing and growing” Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon
“One of the world’s great leaders, is creating innovative outcomes for win-win partnerships between US and India” John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco
“I think everyone is excited to invest more in India and I am excited as to what we all can do together” Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google
The Prime Minister also interacted with the Indian community in Washington DC. He said that the Indian diaspora rejoiced whenever there was good news from India, and wanted India to scale newer heights. He appreciated the role played by the diaspora in contributing towards the American economy.
The Prime Minister spoke of the role of technology in reducing corruption. Elaborating on the benefits of Direct Benefit Transfer, he said this has helped in better targeting of subsidy and eliminated leakage to a large degree. The Prime Minister said that through technology-driven governance, a modern India is being created. He said that when appropriate policies and governance are in place, the aspirations of the people of India can be achieved.