‘New India’ to be at the center of the Asian century

Modi claims, economic activities strengthening up

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a “New India” was rising and that the Asian continent was at the centre of global economic activity.

Addressing the third annual Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) meeting, Modi said the emerging India was committed to an inclusive and sustainable growth in the region.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration.”
Addressing the meet, Prime Minister Modi said, I believe that India and AIIB are both strongly committed to making economic growth more inclusive and sustainable. In India, we are applying novel Public Private Partnership models, Infrastructure Debt Funds, and Infrastructure Investment Trusts to fund infrastructure.”

The Prime Minister also said that a multilateral development bank is a collaborative effort for better tomorrow. “Finding resources for infrastructure is a key challenge and AIIB play a crucial role in raising resources.”

Stating that AIIB now has 87 members, Modi said that it has approved 25 projects in dozens of countries with $4 billion and it is a good beginning.

Modi also called upon AIIB to expand its financing from $4 Billion to $40 Billion by 2020 and to $100 Billion by 2025.

Stating that global confidence in India’s economy is rising, Modi added, “Total FDI flows have increased steadily & India continues to be one of the top FDI destinations.”

“India is one of the most investor-friendly economies in the world. Investors look for growth and macro-economic stability. From the perspective of larger scale of operations & higher value addition, an investor is also attracted by a large domestic market size, availability of skilled labour & good physical infrastructure. On each of these parameters India is well placed & has performed very well,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also said that the government has set a target to construct capacity of 175 GW of renewable energy by the year 2022.

Towards the end, Modi said that a ‘New India’ is rising. “It is an India that stands on the pillars of economic opportunity for all, knowledge economy, holistic development, and futuristic, resilient and digital infrastructure.”

Speaking at the meet, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that a role of infrastructure is a core driver of growth and multilateral development bank needs to coordinate development finance and innovative financing instruments.

The minister also said that there’s a need to develop faster processes for loan disbursement as India is leading emerging economy and favored investment destination.

Stating that inclusive growth is crucial, Goyal said, “Meeting of open minds and hearts for prosperity and development.”

President Jin Liqun, in his opening address, said that Asia has become a global heavyweight. “Asia’s economy has become a global heavyweight; Asian developing countries now account for 60% of global growth. Indeed, Asia is assuming leadership in new areas.”

Later, Modi will also address a function organised by the BJP city unit to deliberate on Emergency and democratic values on Tuesday at Birla Matoshri auditorium in Mumbai.

The Prime Minister will apprise the industry leaders of the works being done by his administration and seek their inputs to increase investments.

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