Prime Minister's U.S. visit: An Analysis

Date: October 01, 2015

Digital India Mark Zukerberg Tim Cook Sundar Pichai

PM Modi visit to US – An Overview


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid a visit to the United States from September 24 to September 29. He attended following functions:-

1- Meeting With CEOs of FORTUNE 500 - Theme – “Media, Technology and Communications – Growth Story for India”.
On the first day of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with 47 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies for attracting capital and investments in India. He sketched out his vision for “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India” in meeting.
CEOs expressed their eager interest in the Indian start-up sector and showed willingness to invest in entrepreneurial ventures and innovative start-ups which will provide bull high future prospectus in Indian economy.

2- Addressing UN Sustainable Development Summit
The United Nations sustainable development summit on was held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York which was hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
New framework – “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets were announced in the summit as an ambition of the new post – 2015 universal agenda to end poverty, hunger, assure gender equality and build a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years.

3- Attended G-4 Summit
PM Modi hosted a G-4 Summit with leaders of G-4 nations Brazil, Germany and Japan in New York. This summit aims at the permanent member seats on the United Nations Security Council. It was hosted by India after 2004.German Chancellor Angela Merkel,Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff partcipated in it.

4- Visit to Silicon Valley & San Jose
PM visited tech capital of Silicon Valley for the expansion of “Digital India” initiative. There he met Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s founder Mark Zukerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and leaders of other tech companies. Here are the commitments done by the tech giants:

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Google to provide India a set up base for free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations
Google will introduce 11 new languages in Android next month, including Gujarati.
Microsoft to provide low-cost broadband technology to five lakh villages across India in collaboration with the Indian government.
Qualcomm to invest $150 Million in India to create a venture investment fund that would probably help start-ups in the country.
Qualcomm also announced to set up a “design houses” for product innovation in India.
Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India.

5- On 27th September 2015 “Startup Konnect” was held by Nasscom in partnership with TiE Silicon Valley and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India that showcased the strengths of India’s startup ecosystem in San Jose. There he addressed a meeting of some 18,000 Indian Americans in at the SAP Centre and seven MoU was signed between Indian and US entities:

6- PM Meets Barack Obama
US President and Indian PM held talks to tighten strategic in fields of climate change, security, counter-terrorism, defence and economy. Barack Obama publicly supported India for being a permanent member at UN Security Council. It was a third meet of two in a year.