Modi meets top CEOs in USA, says India presents win-win partnership

US companies have a great opportunity to contribute to India's growth, he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top American CEOs of global giants, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, here, with issues ranging from visas, investment and job creation expected to occupy centerstage during the discussions.

The CEOs round table was attended by Apple chief Tim Cook, Walmart head Doug McMillon, Caterpillar’s Jim Umpleby, Google head Sundar Pichai and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

Mr. Modi arrived in the US capital on his three-day visit during which he will also interact with members of the Indian diaspora at a relatively low-key community event in a Virginia suburb neighbouring Washington DC.

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Here are the updates:

Modi addresses Indian-American community

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"Innovation, technology & talent are crucial in this day and age. If you want to give back to India, this is the best time to do so. Make sure that coming generations continue ties with India," Mr. Modi says.  

"The youth of India understands technology and the importance of technology very well. Through technology driven governance we are creating an 'Adhunik Bharat'," Mr. Modi says.

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"Not a single blot of corruption in three years of government," says Mr. Modi.

"The reasons Governments have been defeated in India are things like corruption and cheating. People of India do not like corruption. We are using technology to fight corruption, ensure transparency," Mr. Modi says.

Modi meets top CEOs

Mr. Modi points out opportunities for tourism through developing hotels in PPP model at 500 railway stations. "CEOs express support 'Make in India' and 'Digital India', 'Start Up India' and other Flagship initiatives," tweets MEA India.

 

India's growth presents a win-win partnership for India & US both, and companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Mr. Modi told the CEOs present at the meeting. Reiterating his government 's commitment to economic reforms, the PM told the gathering that the "implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools."

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"PM should request the President to resolve the huge backlog in green card processing for Indian high-skilled immigrants. At the existing pace, it will take 70 years for Indian H1B visa holders," said Chitti Babu, a Seattle based tech activist who travelled to attend the Community reception for Mr. Modi.

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