Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the seventh edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar on Sunday, a flagship programme of Gujarat government which was attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and other dignitaries.
Here are the LIVE updates:
13: 52 pm: Let's join hands and come together to work for progress, prosperity and peace, PM Modi concludes his speech.
Great start to Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Insightful speeches by world leaders & captains of industry.Sharing my speech. http://t.co/lM34VwMtP3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 11, 2015
13: 50 pm: We are changing fast. India is growing fast. India is moving faster than expected. We are learning even faster. We are ready than ever before, says PM.
13: 49 pm: We have made commitments to our people. We have made commitments to ourselves. We have made commitments for India’s great future, says PM.
13: 48 pm: We have large number of hands to work. And, we have even larger number of dreams to be realised, says PM.
13: 47 pm: By 2030 India will be 5th largest exporter in the world, says PM.
13: 45 pm: We launched Make in India to encourage growth of manufacturing in country, we are working hard to make India a global manufacturing hub, says PM.
13: 40 pm: The cost of our Mars Mission was less than the cost of Hollywood movie Gravity. India offers you the potential of low cost but high quality man power, says PM.
13: 38 pm: India offers you 3Ds – Democracy, Demography and Demand. You will not find all of them (3D's) together at any other destination of world, says PM.
13: 37 pm: Recent poll victories show that we are moving in right direction. We want to promote competitive and cooperative federalism, says PM.
13: 36 pm: We need highways and I ways. By I ways I mean Information ways, says PM.
13: 35 pm: In order to execute the infrastructure plan a fast track PPP mechanism is being put in place, says PM.
13: 34 pm: We want to promote co-operative federalism in the country. At the same time, we want a competitive element among the states. We have put focus on building Infrastructure through public and private Investments, says PM.
13: 30 pm: In a short span of seven months, we have been able to change the atmosphere of despair and uncertainty and since the first day my government is actively working to revive the economy, says Modi.
13: 28 pm: Our last national elections marked a turning point in Indian democracy. They indicated the high aspirations of our people. This government is committed to changing and improving the economic and social condition of India including the quality of life, says Modi.
13: 19 pm: My Government is trying to generate confidence. India’s presence as well as its rich past is being recognised worldwide. There is tremendous interest in India. Countries are coming forward to work with us, says PM.
13:20 pm: I thank UN chief Ban Ki-Moon for giving international stature to Yoga, says PM
13: 25 pm: The best outcome of this event should be inclusiveness and involvement of communities needing care and development, says PM.
13: 22 pm: Have we ever thought of its solution in terms of enhancing the common man’s employability, income and purchasing power, says PM.
13: 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, says PM.
13: 15 pm: I have travelled across India and to parts of the world. The biggest concern is about the global economy, says PM.
13: 13 pm: I welcome you all, hope your stay is comfortable. Waise bhi Gujarati log mehmaan nawazi mein thoda ache hote hain (Gujaratis are good at entertaining guests), says PM.
13: 11 pm: India has always believed that whole world is one family. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. And the evidence of this is that we all are together here like a family, says PM.
We are here as a family, not only in terms of space, but because we recognise that someone’s dream is dependent on someone’s direction: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 11, 2015
13: 09 pm: On behalf of Gujarat I welcome you all in this Summit. I express my gratitude to all nations which are present here. The event couldn't have come this far without your participation, says Modi.
13: 07 pm: PM Modi begins addressing the foreign dignitaries. I want to express solidarity with the people of France, says Modi.
12: 47 pm: John Kerry concludes his speech.
12: 45 pm: I was very taken during PM Modi's campaign 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas' (participation of all, development of all). The slogan sounds pretty good for all of us to adopt, says Kerry.
12: 42 pm: Sustainable energy policy is the answer to climate change, says Kerry.
12:41 pm: India and US have a common responsibility, common opportunity to prove that democracy can deliver to their citizens, says Kerry.
12: 40 pm: India and US must do together and collaborate together. I want to ensure that our economic relationship grows stronger in every aspect, says Kerry.
12: 37 pm: If we work united, I'm sure world's oldest and largest democracy can help to forge a new era of shared prosperity and security, says Kerry.
12: 36 pm: We must stand united against terrorism and to protect freedom, says Kerry.
12: 33 pm: PM Modi has made the word 'Gujarat' synonymous with possibilities: Kerry.
12: 32 pm: Barack Obama will become first siting US President to visit India twice. Obama and Modi both have unlikely stories of success, says Kerry.
12: 28 pm: US Secretary of State John Kerry begins his address. I'm delighted to be in the home state of PM Modi, says Kerry.
12: 25 pm: Let us work together for a better and sustainable world where nobody will be left behind, 'Dhanyavaad': Ban Ki-Moon concludes his speech.
12:22 pm: Vibrant Gujarat is not just about development and investment. PM Modi has exhibited forward looking leadership. I commend his smart cities initiative and vision of use of renewable energy efficiency, says Ban Ki-Moon.
12: 20 pm: I sincerely hope, all world and business leaders and people will be inspired by Gandhi ji’s visions and teachings, says Ban Ki-Moon.
12: 18 pm: World leaders must shape the development agenda for 2015, says Ban Ki-Moon.
12: 15 pm: UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon begins addressing the Summit. Gujarat can be a crossroad for development, says he.
11:00 am: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the Gujarat Summit. He greeted PM Modi on the dais.
10: 37am: HRD Minister Smriti Irani also attending the Summit.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) January 11, 2015
10: 30 am: We want to become an education and healthcare hub. Agriculture, food processing and dairy very important for us, says Gujarat CM
10:28 am: More than 100 countries are represented here.We are pleased to have United States here. My warm welcome to everyone, says Patel.
10:25am: We are pleased to have the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. We are committed to the project that he started, says Patel.
10:20 am: Anandiben Patel addresses the dignitaries at the Summit.
10: 15 am: Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay has also arrived at Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
10:11 am: Entrepreneurs Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Gautam Adani and Kumar Mangalam Birla at Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar
10: 05 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached the venue.
10: 02 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel welcomes all the Head of States, dignitaries, diplomats & delegates to the 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat.
I welcome all the Head of States, dignitaries, diplomats & delegates to the 7th edition of @VibrantGujarat – The Global Business Hub!
— Anandiben Patel (@anandibenpatel) January 11, 2015
10:00 am: Ban Ki-Moon visits Gandhi's Ashram in Gujarat. He examines some of Gandhi's original writings during a visit to his Ashram.
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) January 11, 2015
Besides Ban ki-moon and Kerry, the Summit is also being attended by many dignitaries from Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and 50 CEOs of Indian as well as international companies.
The business event is expected to bring in record investments to Gujarat and the state government expects to sign over 20,000 Expression of Interest (EoI) or MoUs during the summit.
The summit will have various country-wise seminars for promotion of business ties with different nations, as well as sector-wise seminars. It will also facilitate business to business meetings.
The biennial event had been launched by Narendra Modi in 2003 during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, to attract investments into the state.
(With PTI inputs)