Sushma urges diaspora to be part of India growth story
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called on Indians in the diaspora to invest back home, noting steps taken by the government to boost trade and make India a global manufacturing hub.
In an address to a select gathering of the Indian community in Egypt on Sunday evening, Swaraj drew attention to India's strong economic rebound after the National Democratic Alliance, a centre-right coalition led by the BJP, came to power.
Swaraj said a "unique transfor- mation" was taking place in the country, on both the economic and political fronts, adding that the Narendra Modi government was determined to take the country to new heights. She appealed to diaspora community to be part of the India growth story.
"We are committed to good governance, transparency, inclusive and sustainable growth and we, as the government, [are] ushering in an era of rapid development," Swaraj said. "There is positive and upbeat business sentiment in our country."
Swaraj said the mood surrounding India, as well as perceptions of it, had changed after the Modi administration had shown a "will and determination" in the last 15 months to bring about rapid economic development. "We have achieved great success in the field of foreign office as well. The greatness of India now has a stronger resonance and our circle of friends has grown," Swaraj said. Calling the overseas Indian community an "inalienable" part of India's transformation, she appealed to them to join hands with Indian government to take forward its developmental agenda.
Swaraj highlighted various government initiatives, including the 'Make in India' programme to boost manufacturing with the help of world's best technology. "[The] welfare of our citizens outside India, particularly in this region is a top priority of our government," Swaraj said. "We have been proactively engaging with all the stakeholders to address the concerns of our overseas community."
She expressed her happiness over Egyptian authorities' decision to transfer back to India two prisoners who had served 22 and 16 years behind bars in Egypt. "They will now be able to return home soon," she said. Swaraj said the Gulf and the North Africa were crucial for India's energy security and complimented the diaspora community for their contribution in ensuring stronger ties between countries in the region and India.
Talking about the last general election, Swaraj said it had given a "huge mandate" to Modi's leadership, adding that his government was working tirelessly to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on the first leg of her twonation tour. From here, she will leave for Germany on Tuesday.