Sushma urges di­as­pora to be part of In­dia growth story

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

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.

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