NaMo at Vibrant Gujarat stakes it all on 'Ease of doing Business'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 7th edition of Gujarat Vibrant Summit in Gandhinagar on Sunday. Vibrant Gujarat Summit is a flagship programme of Government of Gujarat.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry, including several Ministers from Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada and over 50 CEOs of top Indian as well as international companies were present at the occasion. The Summit will conclude on January 13, 15.

Eight countries, including the US, Canada and Japan have for the first time become partner nations for the summit.

The 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit is expected to bring in record investments to Gujarat and the State Government expects to sign over 20,000 Expression of Interest (EoI) or MoUs during the event.

The event began with the invocation to lord Ganesh and later a short on the culture of India was showcased with the theme of vibrant culture of India which believes in Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas . In her address to the business diaspora, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel thanked Prime Minister and other guests.

Addressing the dignitaries at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, Reliance Industries Chairperson Mukesh Ambani said the company will invest Rs 100,000 crore in the State in the next couple of years as part of the Make in India initiative.

Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision of elevating India’s position in the world, Aditya Birla Group chairperson Kumar Mangalam Birla added, 'Until now, investments in Gujarat exceed Rs 25,000 crore. Aditya Birla Group to invest Rs 20,000 crore in expansion of cement and other plants in Gujarat.'

Osamu Suzuki, CEO of Suzuki Motor Corporation said, 'We have achieved production capacity of 1.2 million vehicles in India I see India becoming consolidated into one economic identity under the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi.'

While addressing the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon invoked MK Gandhi. He said that India has come a long way and will go a long way too in a coming future. He further said, India is one of the super powers and emerging economy giant. Moon said that year 2015 for humanity, where nobody will be left behind.

You are here to not only build industrial strength but sustainable inclusive solutions: Ban Ki-Moon.

Earlier  in the day, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said, 'We are the first human generation which can eliminate extreme poverty and India should be the leader in eliminating poverty.'

Stating that he is looking forward to a Vibrant India along with Vibrant Gujarat, he added. 'India's economy is expected to grow at 6.6% this year. Tax and subsidy reforms essential for inclusive growth in India.  India has potential to be a leader in solar energy production, and the solar sector could be India's key contribution towards fighting climate change.' he added.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that the US President Barack Obama will be the first American leader to be the Guest of Honour on Republic Day.

John Kerry said, 'I was very taken during PM Modi's campaign 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas' (participation of all, development of all). The slogan sounds pretty good for all of us to adopt, says Kerry.

He further said,' India and US have a common responsibility, common opportunity to prove that democracy can deliver to their citizens.'

'India and US must do together and collaborate together. I want to ensure that our economic relationship grows stronger in every aspect', says Kerry.

He added,' If we work united, I’m sure world's oldest and largest democracy can help to forge a new era of shared prosperity and security.'

Showing solidarity with France over terror incident, PM Modi said, I extend solidarity with the people of France. However, welcoming dignitaries at the  Summit, PM Modi said, 'India believes that world is its family.'

Impressed by the numbers  present at the event, Modi said, 'This event is perhaps the biggest gathering on earth where a budding entrepreneur has opportunity to see President of the World Bank.'

He said, 'And where a young farmer can listen to the views of the UN Secretary General on issues like food security.'

Invoking the one world ideology, PM said, 'We are here as a family, not only in terms of space, but because we recognise that someone's dream is dependent on someone's direction.'

Showing concern over economic state of the world, Modi told the world business leaders that he has travelled across India and to parts of the world. The biggest concern is about the global economy. Therefore, we all have to find ways for economic stability and recovery.

Speaking about his Government's  strategy to cope up  with the present  scenario, he said, 'My Government is trying to generate confidence in the people of the country.'

He said,'There is tremendous interest in India. Countries are coming forward to work with us.' Speaking about the recession, PM Modi  said, 'We will have to change the way we have been approaching problems. Recession is often seen just in the context of business and industry.'

Talking further about the issue, he asked the diaspora , 'Have we ever thought of recession as being the result of low per capita income in countries where a majority of global population lives?'

PM further asked, 'Have we ever thought of its solution in terms of enhancing the common man's employability, income and purchasing power?'

Wishing a comfortable stay in Gujarat and urging the diaspora to visit exhibition , PM Modi  said, 'I urge you to visit Dandi Kutir and the Exhibitions where products and services across the world are showcased. The best outcome of this event should be inclusiveness and involvement of communities needing care and development.'

Recalling the General Elections, PM  Modi said, 'Our last national elections marked a turning point in Indian democracy. They indicated the high aspirations of our people.'

Coming back to development agenda, PM Modi said, 'The Government is committed to changing and improving the economic and social condition of India including the quality of life.'

He said, 'In a short span of seven months, we have been able to change the atmosphere of despair and uncertainty. Since the first day my Government is actively working to revive the economy.'

'We want to promote co-operative federalism in the country. At the same time, we want a competitive element among the States', PM added.

'I call this new form of federalism Co-operative and Competitive Federalism. The ultimate objective is welfare of all Loka Samastah Sukhinau Bhavantu.'

Taking his dream forward for developed and inclusive India, PM said, 'I announced a Financial Inclusion programme. In four months we have opened more than 100 million bank accounts. We have put focus on building infrastructure through public and private investments.'

Speaking extensively about the proogrammes his Government has undertaken, Modi said, 'In order to execute the infrastructure plan a fast track PPP mechanism is being put in place.'

PM Modi informed, 'We are undertaking the Sagarmala project to ensure port led development. We are also keen to move towards the next generation infrastructure. Government of India is working towards single window clearance at the Federal and State levels.'

Speaking passionately about  Ease of Doing business in India, he said, 'Ease of doing business in India is a prime concern for you and us. I assure you that we are working very seriously on these issues. We have large number of hands to work. And, we have even larger number of dreams to be realised.'

Prime Minister Modi also said, 'Development process should benefit the common man as well as the business sector. We have made commitments to our people. We have made commitments to ourselves. We have made commitments for India's great future.'

'We are dreaming big. Our dreams are numerous. Our dreams can become the seeds of your growth. Our aspirations can propel your ambitions.'

'India is changing fast. India is growing fast. India is moving faster than expected.'

While concluding his address, PM Modi said, 'India is learning even faster. India is ready than ever before. Let us join hands! Let us work together for progress, prosperity and peace.'

The Summit will have various country-wise seminars for promotion of business ties with different nations, as well as sector wise seminars. It will also facilitate business to business meetings. The biennial event had been launched by Narendra Modi in 2003 during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, to attract investments into the State.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will inaugurate Gujarat's first 10 MW solar power plant on Narmada river canal.

Courtesy Niti Central




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