India in 3D: Vibrant Gujarat Summit rolls out

The event will see eight countries — Canada, Japan, China, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and the U.S. — partnering with the State

January 11, 2015 10:06 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:21 pm IST

Our Strategic & Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar and correspondent Rahi Gaikwad give us the latest updates from the event.

1:46 pm: We are dreaming big. Our dreams are numerous. Our dreams can become the seeds of your growth. Our aspirations can propel your ambitions: PM

1: 39 pm: My hype forces my govt to worker faster, says PM Modi. Pushes for fast track Road and railways, skill building, global services

1:36 pm: PM promises 'easiest' ease of doing business in India. 3 Ds :democracy, demography, demand

1:34 pm: Efforts on to ensure faster and inclusive growth; initial results are very encouraging: Modi

1:31 pm: My government is committed to creating a policy environment that is predictable, transparent and fair: Modi

1:29 pm: We are not merely making commitments and announcements. We are also backing them up with concrete action: Modi

1:27 pm: We want to promote co-operative federalism in the country. At the same time, we want a competitive element among the states: Modi

1:26 pm: My government is actively working to revive the economy: Modi

1:25 pm: Government is committed to changing and improving the economic and social condition of India including the quality of life: Modi

1:24 pm: Our last national elections marked a turning point in Indian democracy. They indicated the high aspirations of our people: Modi

1:22 pm: The best outcome of this event should be inclusiveness and involvement of communities needing care and development: Modi

1:20 pm: Have we ever thought of recession as being the result of low per capita income in countries where a majority of global population lives: Modi

1:19 pm:

1:17 pm: There is tremendous interest in India. Countries are coming forward to work with us: Modi

1:16 pm: The biggest concern is about the global economy: Modi

1:15 pm: Someone’s success is related to someone’s support, someone’s curiosity is linked with someone’s care: Modi

1:12 pm: We recognise that someone’s dream is dependent on someone’s direction. We are a family: Modi

1:10 pm: This event is perhaps the biggest gathering on earth where a budding entrepreneur has an opportunity to see president of the World Bank or a young farmer can listen to the views of the UN Secretary General on issues like food security: Modi

1:08 pm: PM Narendra Modi begins his speech by extending solidarity with the people of France.

1:05 pm: We have small economy but we have used our limited resources very wisely, for example healthcare is free and so is education: Tshering Tobgay

1:00 pm: Our GDP is smaller than some in this room, Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay

12:59 pm: Bhutan, the smallest country, is between the two largest countries, India and China: Tshering Tobgay

12:57 pm : Tshering Togbay says his spiritual yatra to Varanasi and Bodhgaya is preceded by his economic yatra to Gujarat.

12:55 pm: Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay speaks at the summit.

12: 42 pm: India and US have common responsibilties and opportunities. Democracy can deliver to our citizens. That's when we are our most secure and strong.

12:39 pm: Climate change is a "big cloud" hanging over the world. It raises the costs of everything. Climate refugees will be created: John Kerry

12: 38 pm: I want to ensure that our economic relationship grows stronger in every aspect: John Kerry

12: 36 pm: If we work together, I'm convinced the world’s oldest and largest democracy can help to forge a new era of shared prosperity and security: John Kerry

12: 34 pm: US and India are two countries defined by our commitment to Freedom: Kerry

12: 33 pm: US has sent an Indian-American as the US Ambassador for India and Nisha Biswal's hometown is in Gujarat: Kerry

12: 31 pm: We join with you, celebrating an exciting new chapter written by India today: Kerry

12:30 pm: India and US stand together and make it clear that no act of terror shall stop the march of freedom: Kerry

12: 29 pm: Obama will be the first sitting US President to visit India twice while in office: Kerry

12: 28 pm: Gujarat is synonymous with energy, positivity: Kerry

12: 27 pm: It is privilege to be here, at the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit, particularly because it is the home state of your visionary PM: Kerry

12: 26 pm: John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, speaks at the event.

12: 24 pm: We should not only build industrial strength but also sustainable inclusive solutions: Ban Ki-Moon

12: 20 pm: I commend PM Modi's smart cities initiative and vision of use of renewable energy efficiency: Ban Ki-Moon

12:16 pm: 2015 must be a year for global action. United Nations celebrating 70th anniversary this year: Ban Ki-Moon.

12: 15 pm: Paid tribute to Sabarmati Gandhi ashram today: Ban Ki-Moon. "I sincerely hope all leaders and people around the world will be inspired by Gandhi's visions and teachings."

12:13 pm: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

12: 10 pm: India is rapidly becoming an important leader in the global economy: Simon Smits

12: 04 pm: Simon Smits, Minister for Foreign Trade in Netherlands speaks at the event.

12: 04 pm: UK looks to strengthening partnership with India: Lord Livingston

11: 58 am: Lord Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment of United Kingdom speaks at the event.

11: 50 am: Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Mr. S. Iswaran speaks at the event.

11: 45 am: We are looking at doubling Japan's FDI in India in a few years: Yosuke Takagi

11: 35 am: Yosuke Takagi, Minister of Economy, Japan speaks at the event.

11: 30 am: Canada has roots in India, Canada has been partnering with Vibrant Gujarat right from the beginning.

11: 27 am: Chris Alexander, Minister for Immigration, Canada speaks at the event.

11: 25 am: Australia, India PMs have signalled a commitment to bilateral trade: Andrew Robb

11: 22 am: India is on the cusp of a transformation: Andrew Robb

11: 20 am: Size of the middle class to increase substantially in 15 years

11: 19 am: Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment in Australia speaks at the event.

11:18 am: India will be the nation that will lead us to the end of poverty: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

11:17 am: India’s economic growth will be 6.4% this year and faster in the next: Jim Yong Kim

11: 15 am: World Bank & Indian govt will partner on various issues. World Bank to provide financing to make many projects a reality

11:12 am: A recent move for much optimism is the introduction of ordinance for Good and Services Tax. This will create one common market: Jim Yong Kim

11: 12 am: Committed to catalysing a vibrant India as well as vibrant Gujarat: Jim Yong Kim

11:11 am: Have to ensure sustainable, inclusive economic growth. There is much reason for optimism: Jim Yong Kim

11: 08 am: Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President speaks at the event.

11:05 am: We have invested over $250mn in India: Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard.

11:05 am: The world is awakening to the promise of a resurgent India, says Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard.

11:03 am: Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard speaks at the event.

Image courtesy: PIB

11:00 am: John Kerry takes his place along with the other dignitaries at the summit.

10: 59 am: Have invested $400 mn in India and I applaud the Prime Minister's 'Make in India' campaign

10: 58 am: David Farr, CEO of Emerson Electric Company speaks at Vibrant Gujarat Summit. "We have a strong interest in India. Our products engineered in India are used around the world."

10: 56 am: Pleased to be here to support Gujarat CM and the Indian Prime Minister. Look forward to all opportunities that will make Gujarat an engine for India, make an example for the rest of India.

10:55 am: There are significant trade opportunities between Australia and India, says Sam Walsh, CEO, Rio Tinto Group

10: 52 am: Gujarat will continue to grow and thrive: Kumar Mangalam Birla

10: 51am: Gujarat most preferred destination for us. Gujarat will continue to grow and thrive. Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla

10: 48 am: Kumar Mangalam Birla addresses the Vibrant Gujarat Summit

10: 45 am: Selected Gujarat for new plant as the state is superior in infra and decision-making over others: Suzuki Motors chairman Osamu Suzuki

10:40 am: I would request every investor to follow our steps, invest in Gujarat and benefit themselves: Mukesh Ambani

10:38 am: Reliance is proud to be a Gujarati company, says Mukesh Ambani. Will invest Rs. 1 lakh crore in the state.

10:24 am: We want to become an education & healthcare hub. Agriculture, food processing & dairy industries are very important for us: Gujarat CM

10:21 am: More than 100 countries are represented here. My warm welcome to everyone: Gujarat CM

10:17 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel speaks at the inagural session

10: 05 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the venue

9:17 am: Fancy a selfie with the Prime Minister?

8:55 am: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Ahmedabad to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, and to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi in two weeks. >Read here>

Singapore Trade Minister Iswaran to attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit

The Minster is leading a business delegation including about 70 business representatives across 40 companies from the urban solutions, construction, logistics and IT sectors to the annual summit. >Read here

In this January 8, 2015 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Vibrant Gujarat Summit venue, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

About the event:

For the first time in its 10-year history, the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015, which opens today, will be used as a stage for business-related diplomacy with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attending the high-profile event.

Started as a brainchild of Narendra Modi in 2003, the biennial event has been steadily rising in stature with every edition. The seventh edition of the three-day Summit, is set to get grander in terms of the sheer number of participants and the guests involved. >Read here

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