sulabh swatchh bharat

Tuesday, 25-September-2018

CALIFORNIA, USA

The Indian Diaspora has left no stone unturned in strengthening India-USA ties. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our diaspora that has made immense contributions to both our societies. I am sure my US visit will be fruitful and further deepen the bond between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

On his second visit to the United States of America after assuming office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set, as usual, a hectic schedule for himself. The significance of this visit lay, not as much in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, as on his visit to California, where he covered a range of activities over two days. 
California gains prominence in the vision that Modi has articulated in view of it being a global hub of information technology and start-ups. These business ventures have a strong presence of Indian Diaspora that Modi wanted to capitalise upon.
Prime Minister Modi visited the Google campus and met with CEO, Sundar Pichai. He was briefed on Google’s innovations and future plans. He also held discussions with Apple Inc CEO, Tim Cook; Adobe Systems’ CEO, Shantanu Narayan and other heads of California based multinational corporations.
The Prime Minister addressed an event organised by Konnect, a platform for Indian Start-ups to showcase their innovations.
At the Facebook Inc head office in Palo Alto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a Town Hall meeting with its Chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The question-answer session covered a diverse range of subjects. 
The Prime Minister dwelled on the environment of optimism that is now prevalent about India in the global business community and was candid about his vision to convert his country into a USD 20 Trillion economy. He acknowledged the strength of the social media. “We used to have elections every five years and now we can have them every five minutes,” he said.
The Prime Minister also addressed the Indian Diaspora at the SAP Centre Arena, San Jose. The venue was packed with a crowd of more than 45,000.