Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Davos, Switzerland, in a short while from now, to attend the 48th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. He will lead the largest-ever delegation, comprising of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu among others. During the meeting, leaders from across the globe will discuss burning issues confronting the world. In a statement, prior to his departure, Mr. Modi said, the existing and emerging challenges to the contemporary international system and global governance architecture deserve serious attention of world leaders, governments, policy makers, corporates and civil societies. He said, he is looking forward to sharing his vision for India’s future engagement with the international community. Our correspondent, covering the Prime Minister’s visit, has filed this report:
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to leave for Davos to participate in the Meeting of the World Economic Forum. He will be giving his keynote address at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum tomorrow. The address is being eagerly awaited by more than 2,000 delegates comprising world leaders and captains of industry across the globe. Mr. Modi is expected to showcase India’s achievement and its commitment to continued reform in the economic field including trade and investment. He will also be interacting with top CEOs and members from the investor community to discuss India’s investment readiness and chart out a path for a new world which is less fractured and willing to cooperate for growth and prosperity for the people. RAJESH JHA, FOR AIR NEWS, NEW DELHI.”
During the visit, Mr. Modi will also hold bilateral talks with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset and the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven.
Meanwhile, in an interview to a TV Channel last evening, Mr. Modi said, the world sees India as a bright spot due to its sound economic policies. He said India has shown its economic strength to the world which now wants to know it directly.
“भारत ने अपनी आर्थिक ताकत दुनिया के सामने मजबूती से पेश की है। तो स्वाभाविक है कि दुनिया भारत को जानना चाहता है, डायरेक्टली जानना चाहता है, समझना चाहता है और मैं उसे एक अवसर मानता हूं कि हमारे सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों ने जब एक प्रोपर इको सिस्टम मिला तो खिलने लग गये। नीतियां साफ-सुथरी मिली, इनिशियेटिव लेने लगे, रिस्क लेने लगे। साढ़े तीन साल के भीतर-भीतर भारत की जो ये पूरा टर्न अरांउड है फ्रेजाइल फाइव से लेकर ब्राइट स्पॉट तक का।”
The Prime Minister said, Foreign Direct Investment in the country has jumped from 30 billion dollars to over 62 billion during the current dispensation and this has happened due to the trust in the economic policies. He expressed the hope that the country’s economic growth will accelerate further.
Mr Modi also said, India’s foreign policy is not based on any particular country, but it takes the whole world under its purview. He said, India is facing the challenges of terrorism for the last 40 years and he welcomes all those who come forward in fighting the menace.
“दुनिया आतंकवाद से जूझ रही है और आतंकवाद के जनक जो-जो होंगे, उनके खिलाफ दुनिया लामबंद हो रही है। राष्ट्रपति ट्रंप बड़ी मुखरता के साथ आतंकवाद के खिलाफ आवाज उठा रहे हैं और मैं उनका स्वागत करता हूं। और आतंकवाद के खिलाफ जो भी लड़ने के लिए आयेगा उन सबका मैं स्वाग त और सम्मान करूंगा। क्योंकि मेरा देश 40 साल से आतंकवाद को भुगत रहा है। निर्दोष लोग मारे जा रहे हैं। दुनिया में से आतंकवाद खत्म होना चाहिए।”
In reply to a question, Mr Modi said, when he speaks about a Congress-free India, it is not about electoral outcomes but about the party’s culture. He said, he would like even the Congress to free itself of this culture.
The Prime Minister again pitched for holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, saying that elections one after another is not good for the country.
On the recent controversy in the Supreme Court, Mr. Modi said, the country’s judiciary has very capable people and they will sit together and find a solution to their problems. He said the government and the political parties must keep out of it.
The Prime Minister also said, GST has got support from all quarters and any Opposition to it would be a disrespect of Parliament which passed the legislation.