Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015: Live Updates From Gandhinagar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS), a flagship programme of the Gujarat government, in Gandhinagar today.

This year's three-day event is touted to be the biggest ever, with a host of high-profile business as well as political leaders attending it.


Jan 13, 2015
00:24 (IST)
Vibrant Gujarat Summit: India, Israel Sign Pact for Third Phase of Agriculture Project
India and Israel have signed a joint agreement to implement the third phase of the agriculture cooperation project for next three years against the backdrop of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015.
Jan 13, 2015
00:23 (IST)
Vibrant Gujarat Summit: Gujarat, MasterCard sign MoU to Accelerate Electronic Payments
Gujarat and the US-based payment solution provider Master Card have signed an agreement for strategic co-operation to accelerate electronic payments processes involving government, businesses, as well as the transit and tourism industry.
Jan 12, 2015
19:29 (IST)
US Secretary of State John Kerry Praises PM Modi, Says 'Very Impressed With Vibrant Gujarat Summit'
US Secretary of State John Kerry today said he was impressed with "palpable entrepreneurial interest" he had seen in the people of Gujarat during his visit to the state and added, "PM Modi made his reputation here in Gujarat. If that can be extrapolated to the rest of India and dealing with all countries, we all benefit."
Jan 12, 2015
19:11 (IST)
Adani to Invest Rs 20,000 Cr in Gujarat Ports in Next 5 Years
The investment is on the top of Rs 25,000-crore spending the Group had announced on the first day of Vibrant Gujarat Summit.




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12:33 (IST)
Good Discussion with PM Modi on Obama Visit, Says John Kerry: Highlights
  • For the Indian and American people, there is a sense of shared excitement at possibilities
  • Seen remarkable transformations that have taken place since then (when Manmohan Singh was Finance Minister)
  • We're beginning to breakthrough on kinds of things that are needed for economic investment
  • During my discussion with PM Modi, we reviewed the progress of our economic relationship and how to take it ahead
  • We can do more to enhance this economic relationship and we'll continue to work on it, both of us
  • US investment in India have risen from $2.4 billion to 28 billion
  • The PM has a very ambitious plan that every home in India has 24-hour electricity and we hope we can do a great deal to help with that
  • Working together on maritime security and remain committed to deepening regional dialogue on key political and strategic issues
  • We are all invested in this relationship because we recognise what this offers to us, and also what it demands of us
  • President Obama will be the first US president to visit India twice in his tenure 
  • Convinced India and US will create a healthier, more secure and prosperous future
  • (On Paris attacks) US has been deeply engaged with France from the moment this horrific event took place
  • We have offered our intel, law enforcement, our support
  • The President and we are coordinating with France and continue to make available all possible assistance 
  • (On new Sri Lankan President) Spoke to the new Sri Lankan president and expressed our belief that the transfer of power took  place in a way that we expected it should
  • Good that people of Sri Lanka had an election that has resulted in a peaceful change of power
  • Problems with respect to human rights, inclusivity and governance need to be addressed

Jan 12, 2015
12:30 (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses 'Vibrant Gujarat' Summit
  • Biggest criticism of the government in the last few months is 'why have you taken decisions so quickly'
  • India can't stop functioning even if one house of Parliament takes time to settle down
  • Distribution of poverty without growth is not a solution to India's problem
  • Government must be led by leader of stature. PM must be decisive, willing to face consequences of his decisions
  • Something which had scared investors away was a highly adversarial tax regime
  • Things may not change overnight but the present government is determined to have a non-adversarial tax regime
  • From 2008 to 2013 we spent five years in coming up with a new company law, completely out of tune with the current requirement of business
  • Industrial corridors are essentially going to run through rural areas - helps villages increasing value of land, generating employment for those villages
  • Original legislation (on land acquisition) would have rendered India into a land of incomplete projects
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Jan 11, 2015
18:40 (IST)
Prime Minister Modi, John Kerry Pay Tribute to Paris Terror Victims
With Parisians gearing up today to hold a massive solidarity rally in France against the terror attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tributes to the victims of the attack.
Jan 11, 2015
17:54 (IST)
Vibrant Gujarat Summit: India Bright Spot in Global Economy, Says World Bank
The World Bank today said India can grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring "bias" on the basis of caste and other factors can impede its prosperity.
Jan 11, 2015
17:46 (IST)
PM Modi Showcases Vibrant India From Gujarat Summit, Promises Ease of Doing Business
Brand India dominated Brand Gujarat today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched a "Vibrant India" to investors, showcasing the possibilities the country can offer.
Jan 11, 2015
17:37 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi's Top 10 Quotes at Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there was "tremendous interest in India" with countries "coming forward to work with us" at the inaugural session of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar.
Jan 11, 2015
17:23 (IST)
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has met the Japanese delegation led by Yosuke Takagi, Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade & Industry. She has also held a one-to-one meeting with the Bhutanese delegation led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.
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I announced a Financial Inclusion programme. In four months we have opened more than 100 million bank accounts.
We have put focus on building infrastructure through public and private investments.
In order to execute the infrastructure plan a fast track PPP mechanism is being put in place.
We are undertaking the Sagarmala project to ensure port led development.
We are also keen to move towards the next generation infrastructure.
Government of India is working towards single window clearance at the Federal and State levels.
Ease of doing business in India is a prime concern for you and us. I assure you that we are working very seriously on these issues.
We have large number of hands to work. And, we have even larger number of dreams to be realised.
Development process should benefit the common man as well as the business sector.
We have made commitments to our people. We have made commitments to ourselves. We have made commitments for India's great future.
We are dreaming big. Our dreams are numerous. Our dreams can become the seeds of your growth. Our aspirations can propel your ambitions.
India is changing fast. India is growing fast. India is moving faster than expected.
India is learning even faster. India is ready than ever before.
Let us join hands! Let us work together for progress, prosperity and peace.
Jan 11, 2015
13:30 (IST)
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13:23 (IST)
PM Modi speaks at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015
Here are the highlights:

I extend solidarity with the people of France.
This event is perhaps the biggest gathering on earth where a budding entrepreneur has opportunity to see President of the World Bank.
And where a young farmer can listen to the views of the UN Secretary General on issues like food security.
We are here as a family, not only in terms of space, but because we recognise that someone's dream is dependent on someone's direction.
The ultimate objective is welfare of all- Loka Samastah Sukhinau Bhavantu.
All of us want the planet earth to become a better place to live.
Have travelled across India and to parts of the world. The biggest concern is about the global economy.
We all have to find ways for economic stability and recovery.
My Government is trying to generate confidence.
There is tremendous interest in India. Countries are coming forward to work with us.
We will have to change the way we have been approaching problems. Recession is often seen just in the context of business and industry.
Have we ever thought of recession as being the result of low per capita income in countries where a majority of global population lives?
Have we ever thought of its solution in terms of enhancing the common man's employability, income and purchasing power?
I urge you to visit Dandi Kutir and the Exhibitions where products and services across the world are showcased.
The best outcome of this event should be inclusiveness and involvement of communities needing care and development.
Our last national elections marked a turning point in Indian democracy. They indicated the high aspirations of our people.
Government is committed to changing and improving the economic and social condition of India including the quality of life.
In a short span of seven months, we have been able to change the atmosphere of despair and uncertainty.
Since the first day my government is actively working to revive the economy.
We want to promote co-operative federalism in the country. At the same time, we want a competitive element among the states.
I call this new form of federalism Co-operative and Competitive Federalism.
Jan 11, 2015
13:07 (IST)
Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan's Prime Minister speaks at Vibrant Gujarat Summit
First, I am here on my economic pilgrimage & I am delighted to participate in Vibrant Gujarat 2015
When Gujarat vibrates, it's ripples spreads through India and the world
I would like to thank India & PM Narendra Modi for being our steadfast friends
If you are interested in the business of Gross National Happiness, I am interested in meeting you here
Jan 11, 2015
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Jan 11, 2015
12:39 (IST)
I was very taken by PM Modi's campaign of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas', says US Secretary of State John Kerry at mega Gujarat Business Meet
I fear we have reached that moment in an event where everything has been said but not everyone has said it.
Moment has never been more right to tap the incredible possibilities between our two shared countries.
We can do more together, we must do more together and we must do it faster.
Moment has never been more right to tap incredible possibilities between our two countries (India and US)
India can help forge an era of peace and growth across Asia
I was very taken by PM Modi's campaign of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas'
President Barack Obama is excited to be the first President of the United States to be the Chief Guest of India on Republic Day
I am highly impressed by PM Narendra Modi's slogan - 'Participation of all, Development of all'
We share the Prime Minister's (Narendra Modi's) goal to increase trade five times with India
Jan 11, 2015
12:33 (IST)
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12:32 (IST)

UN Secretary General pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his speech at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit
Calls on India to come forward with an ambitious national contribution on climate change
India is in a unique position to lead the move towards sustainability in the wider world
Jan 11, 2015
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Jan 11, 2015
11:50 (IST)
PM Modi with Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Jan 11, 2015
11:44 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi with John Kerry, Secretary of State of USA at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015.
Jan 11, 2015
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11:36 (IST)

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President calls PM Modi a 'visionary leader'.
India is on the cusp of major progress in reducing the number of people living in major poverty.
India should be the leader in eliminating poverty; its a radical and unique opportunity over the next decade.
I am excited to work with India on renewal power. India has potential to be leader in solar energy.
Jan 11, 2015
11:18 (IST)
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Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer of MasterCard, US India Business Council Chief:

I was educated in Ahmedabad, so I consider myself a product of Gujarat.
US Investors want to be in India; here to bridge the gap between what we do and what we are capable of doing.
Jan 11, 2015
11:16 (IST)

I applaud PM Modi's clarion call to companies around the world to come 'Make in India': David Farr, CEO of Emerson Electric Company, a Fortune 500 company.
Jan 11, 2015
11:15 (IST)
US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrives at Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar
Jan 11, 2015
11:05 (IST)


Chief Executive Officer of London-based Rio Tinto Group Sam Walsh said, "will add 30,000 jobs in diamond cutting industry in Gujarat."
Jan 11, 2015
11:02 (IST)


Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla speaking at the Summit.

Our ambitions have been woven with the state and as the state has grown so have our businesses.
Gujarat is the most preferred destination for us.
Aditya Birla Group to invest Rs 20,000 crore in expansion of cement and other plants in Gujarat.
Jan 11, 2015
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Jan 11, 2015
10:43 (IST)
Mukesh Ambani speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit


Gujarat maru home state che (Gujarat is my home state).
Each Vibrant Gujarat Summit has been bigger success than previous one, I've been fortunate enough to attend each one of them.
Make in India, Digital India programmes have energised India.
We are proud to be a Gujarati company.
We have invested in Gujarat time and again to convert a business vision into reality.
Request every investor to follow our steps, invest in Gujarat and benefit themselves.
Reliance will invest Rs 100,000 crore in Gujarat.
Jan 11, 2015
10:32 (IST)

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel welcoming the dignitaries at Vibrant Gujarat Summit

We want to become an education & healthcare hub. Agriculture, food processing & dairy very important for us.
All of us will mutually benefit by the interactions in the coming two days.
Jan 11, 2015
10:25 (IST)
Jan 11, 2015
10:24 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to inaugurate the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 in Gandhinagar.
Jan 11, 2015
09:32 (IST)


US Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, prime ministers, ministers and envoys of several nations would attend the Summit today.

At least 12 union ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would also participate in the event.

According to a list released by the Gujarat state government today, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Macedonia Prime Minister Nikola Grueveski would attend the event.
Jan 11, 2015
09:16 (IST)
The Vibrant Gujarat Summit is the seventh edition of the event, which takes place every two years, drawing the biggest Indian tycoons and diplomats.
Jan 11, 2015
08:42 (IST)


Venue of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Jan 11, 2015
08:06 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit, a flagship programme of the Gujarat government, in Gandhinagar tomorrow, which will see the participation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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