Study Material | Test Series
Drishti IAS
call1800-121-6260 / 011-47532596
Drishti The Vision Foundation
(A unit of VDK Eduventures Pvt. Ltd.)
prelims Test Series 2019
बेसिक इंग्लिश का दूसरा सत्र (कक्षा प्रारंभ : 22 अक्तूबर, शाम 3:30 से 5:30)
PM's Bilateral Engagement on the Sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Jan 14, 2015

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the three-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit on 12 January. Inaugurating the summit he said, “Ease of doing business in India is a prime concern for you and for us. I assure you that we are working very seriously on these issues. We want to make them not only easier than earlier; not only easier than the rest; but we want to make them the easiest.”

PM’s Bilateral Engagements

  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi met UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar. Issues related to climate change, environment and clean energy came up for discussion. The Prime Minister highlighted initiatives taken by his Government in the clean and renewable energy sectors.

  • The Prime Minister met US Secretary of State John Kerry. Discussions focused on the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to India. Both sides agreed that the visit would add momentum to the India-US strategic partnership. They also expressed satisfaction that issues relating to WTO Trade Facilitation had been satisfactorily resolved. Counter-terror cooperation, economic matters, and issues of regional interest also figured in the talks.

  • Counter terror cooperation was also a key theme in the Prime Minister`s meeting with Canada`s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander. The Prime stressed the need for a zero-tolerance approach to terror.

  • The Prime Minister met Israel`s Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir. Both sides sought to further enhance cooperation in the Agriculture sector. The Prime Minister invited Israel to take advantage of the Make in India initiative and establish high-end manufacturing centres in India.

  • The Prime Minister met Dr. Akbar Torkan, Senior Advisor to the President of Iran. Both sides reviewed progress in the implementation of the Chahbahar Port Project. Energy cooperation and regional issues also came up for discussion.

  • The Prime Minister met the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. Climate change and clean energy came up for discussion.

  • In his meeting with the Prime Minister of Macedonia, both sides agreed on the need to enhance trade and investment ties.

  • The Governor of Astrakhan, Russia, Alexander Zhilkin, invited investment from India during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

  • The Prime Minister met the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay. The two leaders discussed security cooperation in the light of recent incidents of violence in Assam. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts made by Bhutan for intensive vigilance in the border areas and real time sharing of information. Cooperation in the Hydropower sector was also discussed. A total of ten Indian-assisted hydropower projects will have a combined capacity of well over 6400 Mw by 2022-23.

  • In his meeting with Lord Ian Livingstone, the Minister of Trade and Investment, United Kingdom, the Prime Minister appreciated the extensive cooperation extended by the UK as a partner country for the Vibrant Gujarat summit. Both sides expressed keenness to deepen cooperation in areas such as education, science and technology. The Prime Minister invited investment from UK, especially in sectors such as telecom, defence, railways and other manufacturing. Counter-terror cooperation was also discussed particularly in light of the recent attacks in Paris.

  • The Prime Minister met Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb and the Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird. Trade and counter-terror cooperation dominated the discussions. The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) also came up for discussion.

  • In his meeting with S. Iswaran, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, the Prime Minister expressed happiness at Singapore’s participation in Vibrant Gujarat as a partner country. Both sides discussed cooperation in sectors such as smart cities, urban planning, water management and skill development.

  • The Prime Minister welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Janusz Piechocinski, on his first visit to India. Both sides discussed cooperation in the mining sector, and cooperation in defence manufacturing as part of the Make in India vision.

  • The Prime Minister met Yosuke Takagi, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Both sides agreed to quickly implement the agreement between the two countries on doubling Japanese investment in India.

The Government of India is working towards implementation of single window clearance system and are committed to creating a policy environment that is predictable, transparent and fair.


Helpline Number : 87501 87501
To Subscribe Newsletter and Get Updates.

http://www.drishtiias.com/upsc-current-affairs-article-PMs-Bilateral-Engagement-on-the-Sidelines-of-Vibrant-Gujarat-Summit