Washington: India is set to harness potential of its youth under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a US Senator has said while noting that both the countries need to leverage their assets to address various challenges they face.
"Together, we can leverage both American and Indian assets to address the challenges both our countries face in job creation, social mobility and clean energy. Prime Minister Modi has also emphasized the importance of sustainable growth and ensuring that diversified, environmentally conscious energy sources are made accessible to all Indians," Senator Cory Booker said Thursday.
While praising Modi, the Senator said, "I am encouraged by Prime Minister Modi's commitment to economic and social policies that not only invest in infrastructure, but that also develop India's human capacity. With half of its population under the age of 25 and a recent election that saw a 66 per cent voter turnout, it is clear that India is set to harness the potential of its most valuable resource - its young people".
Booker, the first African-American to represent New Jersey, said that Modi's visit to US last year signaled a meaningful moment in the relations between the two countries.
"It became clearer that the oldest and newest democracies can forge a transformational relationship to leverage the historic opportunities before us," he said.
"As the United States pursues greater clean energy production and sustainable manufacturing here at home, we can and should take advantage of opportunities to further collaborate on technologically advanced clean energy solutions," Booker said.
"In order to compete in a global economy, the US and India must both expand opportunities for youth education and employment. By engaging private sector actors in our mutual development goals, I believe together we can address these challenges and turn them into opportunities for cooperation," said the Senator.
Meanwhile, the Senator further said that he is looking forward to welcome new Indian Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh to New Jersey on August 10.
"I will have the distinct honor and privilege to welcome Ambassador Singh to New Jersey. I look forward to working with him as we partner together to foster investment opportunities, create collaborations between our world-renowned higher education institutions, and cultivate platforms to facilitate volunteerism and giving," he said.
According to the Senator, the Indian diaspora community in New Jersey is an active, vocal and engaged constituency whose contributions to the state reach across all sectors.
"Together, the United States and India represent over one fifth of the world's population and share long-term strategic imperatives in the areas of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, social and economic development, and regional and global security that are rooted in our shared commitment to democratic ideals," he said.
"President Obama has aptly referred to this relationship as the "defining partnership of the 21 century," As the United States pursues greater clean energy production and sustainable manufacturing here at home, we can and should take advantage of opportunities to further collaborate on technologically advanced clean energy solutions," he added.