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Published On: Wed, Jul 22nd, 2020

Ideas Summit: India is emerging as a land of opportunities says PM Modi

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PM submitNEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (July 22) invited United States investment in defence and space sector while addressing the India Ideas Summit, hosted by the US-India Business Council.
The Prime Minister said that India invites you to invest in defence and space, adding “We are raising the FDI cap for investment in the defence sector to 74 per cent. India has established two defence corridors to encourage the production of defence equipment and platforms.” “We offer special incentives for private and foreign investors,” PM Modi added.

The two-day virtual summit — organised by the US-India Business Council — is expected to bring together officials from the two nations who are setting the post-coronavirus recovery agenda.
Notably, the virtual summit is being represented by a high-level presence from Indian and US government policymakers, state-level officials and thought leaders from business and society. The summit aims to bring together senior officials from the government of India and the United States who are setting the post-pandemic recovery agenda.
Talking about opportunities in the civil aviation sector, the Prime Minister said, “Civil aviation is another area of great potential growth. The number of air passengers is expected to more than double within the next 8 years.”
PM  added, “The top private Indian airlines plan to include over a thousand new aircraft over the coming decade. This is a huge opportunity who chooses to set up a manufacturing unit in India.”
Talking about trade opportunities India, the PM said, “rise of India means, a rise in trade opportunities with a nation that you can trust, a rise in global integration with increasing openness, a rise in your competitiveness with access to a market which offers scale.”
According to PM Modi, “every year, we are reaching record highs in FDI. Each year is significantly higher than the earlier one. FDI inflows in India in 2019-20 were $74 billion.”

This is an increase of 20 per cent from the year before and the US investments have already crossed $40 million this year, he said, adding that India has attracted more than $20 billion in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister said that recent experience has taught us that the global economy has been too focused on efficiency and optimization. “Efficiency is a good thing, but we forgot to focus on something equally important. That is resilience against external shocks.”
Global economic resilience can be achieved by stronger domestic economic capacities, PM Modi said, adding that India is contributing towards a prosperous and resilient world through the clarion call of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.

“Today, there is global optimism towards India. This is because India offers a perfect combination of openness, opportunities and options,” he said while delivering the keynote address at the India-Ideas summit.
“You can see the optimism when India rises in key business ratings, particularly the Ease of Doing Business ratings of the World Bank”. In October last year, India jumped 14 places to rank 63rd among 190 nations in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. The government has been targeting the 50th spot.
Those to attend include US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, foreign minister S Jaishankar, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry and railways minister Piyush Goyal and government officials from the US and India.

Talking about the post-coronavirus economic situation, PM Modi said it has taught people that the global economy has been “too focused on efficiency and optimization”. “Efficiency is a good thing. But, on the way, we forgot to focus on something equally important. That is resilience against external shocks,” PM Modi said.
This, he said, can be achieved by stronger domestic capacities for manufacturing, restoring the health of the financial system and diversification of international trade
(With Agency Inputs ).

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