Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar in the presence of thousands of delegates and business leaders from across the world. “India is now ready for business as never before. In the last 4 years, we have jumped 65 places in the Global Ranking of World Bank’s Doing Business report. But we are still not satisfied. I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the top 50 next year,” he told the audience.
The three-day investors’ meet is taking place at Mahatma Mandir facility for international events in the state capital and is ready to witness the participation of the heads of five countries – Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Denmark, Czech Republic and Malta – and over 30,000 national and international delegates. Some of the major events during the three-day meet include a round-table interaction with the heads of global funds, ‘Africa Day’ and an MSME convention. The closing ceremony will be held in the presence of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the CM said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar today. Get latest updates here
PM of Czech Republic is part of panel at a seminar
Andrej Babiš, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Czech Republic attending #VibrantGujarat2019, is part of the panel present at the country seminar that highlights the theme Prospective Technological Partner of India on the Path to Common Prosperity with the Czech Republic. #VG2019 pic.twitter.com/ODzKagJLTw— Vibrant Gujarat (@VibrantGujarat) January 18, 2019
Defence export likely to cross Rs 10,000 crore by end of FY, says Secy Defence Production
India's defence export is likely to exceed Rs 10,000 crore by the end of the current financial year, said Secretary of Defence Production Ajay Kumar Friday.
"Indian industry has been doubling the defence exports in the last three years. Three years back, total defence export from India was only about Rs 1,500 crore. Last year, the figure reached Rs 4,500 crore. This year, by November, we have done Rs 7,500 crore export, and by March we are going to cross Rs 10,000 crore," said Kumar speaking at a seminar on 'Opportunities for Defence and Aeronautics in Gujarat' organised as part of the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.
He termed opacity of the defence sector as one of the biggest challenges for the industry. Kumar added that defence investor cell, an online cell created by the government, acts as a guide to retrieve information, understand issues etc.
"This was started about ten months back and the MSMEs have particularly benefited from the cell in the last 10 months," he said.
Adani Group to invest Rs 55,000 crore in next five years in Gujarat projects
Billionaire Gautam Adani Friday announced an investment of over Rs 55,000 crore in the next five years in Gujarat projects including world's largest solar park, a copper plant, a cement unit, and a lithium battery manufacturing complex.
"Over the next 5 years, our investments will include the world's largest solar hybrid park in Khavda. The anticipated investment in this park is Rs 30,000 crore. We also plan to establish a 1 GW Data Center Park in Mundra, a one million ton copper smelting and refining project, a cement and clinker manufacturing unit in Lakhpat, an integrated Lithium battery manufacturing complex and expand our Photovoltaic manufacturing capabilities. Overall, we anticipate a total of Rs 55,000 crore of investment in all these projects," said Adani.
Mukesh Ambani urges Modi to take steps against 'data colonisation'
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps against 'data colonisation', especially by globals corporations and said Indian data must be owned by Indians. Ambani also said Reliance would invest Rs 3 lakh crore in various Gujarat Projects in the next 10 years ranging from energy and petrochemical to new technology and digital business.
"India's data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporates, especially global corporations. For India to succeed in this data-driven revolution, we will have to migrate the control and ownership of Indian data back to India. In other words, give Indian wealth back to every Indian," Ambani said.
Reliance Industries has also invested billions of dollars in the roll out of telecom venture, Jio.
"Gujarat is Reliance's Janmabhoomi (birthplace) as well as its Karmabhoomi (workplace). Gujarat has always been - and will always remain - our first choice. We have so far invested nearly Rs 3 lakh crores in the state of Gujarat. And created and catalyzed over one million livelihood opportunities in Gujarat. In comparison to the past decades, Reliance will double this investment and employment numbers over the next ten years," he said.
Aditya Birla Group will invest Rs 15,000 cr in Gujarat: Chairman of Birla Group
Aditya Birla Group plans to invest Rs. 15,000 crore in Gujarat in the next three years on capacity expansion and setting up of new units, Chairman Kuman Mangalam Birla said at the event on Friday.
Investments would be made in various businesses segments ranging from textiles and chemicals to mining and minerals. Till now the Birla group's investments in the state are over Rs. 30,000 crore and counting, said Birla.
"Amongst our major expansion is with Grasim viscose staple fibre plant at Vilayat and Indian Rayon viscose filament yarn plant at Veraval. These will entail investments of Rs 7,500 crore," said Birla.
The group at present has 15 manufacturing plants providing employment to around 26,000 people. Birla said the investments on expanding group firm Grasim's chemical business will be around Rs 1,000 crore. The group is also increasing investment in green technologies at all of its plantsas part of environmental friendly measures as part of the new investments planned.
"All of these investments together run up to Rs 15,000 over a three year period," Birla said.
(With PTI inputs)
Co. aims to introduce electric vehicles in 2020 to fight CO2 emission: Suzuki
Participating in the Summit, Japanese auto maker Suzuki Motor Corporation Friday said it will commission its third plant at Gujarat by 2020 and will introduce new hybrid vehicles in India with technical support from Toyota, PTI quoted.
Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) President Toshihiro Suzuki spoke at the Summit and sought an enabling policy support from the government to further invest in localisation of components of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Suzuki said that first vehicle assembly plant of the company was inaugurated in September last year, the second plant will start shortly and they plan to commission the third plant by 2020.
Suzuki laid down the company's plan in Gujarat and said after three plants in operations, the annual production capacity of Suzuki Motor Gujarat will be enhanced up to 7,50,000 units and the company will also start production at its engine and transmission plant in the state shortly. The SMC said in a statement that it has started production of its hatchback Swift from the second plant in the state.
Suzuki said it will enable "us to bear fruit of integrated vehicle manufacturing in Gujarat"; and the state is becoming "more and more important as a production site for Suzuki group".
Acknowledging the challenge to reduce CO2 for the prevention of global warming, Suzuki said SMC is tackling the issue from various angles and as one of the solutions, it has decided to introduce electric vehicles in India in 2020.
"In the Indian context, we firmly believe that hybrid and CNG vehicles are the most effective solution, with fastest results," he asserted.
Have asked my team to get India in top 50 under Global Ranking of World Bank's Doing Business Report: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the last four years, India has jumped 65 places in the Global Ranking of World Bank's Doing Business Report, however, they are not still satisfied and have asked his team to work harder to get India in the top 50. "At 7.3%, average GDP growth over the entire term of our government, has been the highest for any Indian government since 1991, also the average rate of inflation at 4.6% is lowest for any Indian government since 1991," said Modi at the 2019 Summit.
At 7.3%, the average GDP growth over the entire term of our Government, has been the highest for any Indian Government since 1991.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 18, 2019
At the same time, the average rate of inflation at 4.6% is the lowest for any Indian Government since 1991: PM
Confident Gujarat will improve bilateral ties between India, Uzbekistan: President Shavkat Mirizyoyev
PM Modi concludes speech
PM Modi concludes his speech.
We have worked hard to promote manufacturing to create jobs for our youth.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 18, 2019
Investments through our 'Make in India' initiative, have been well supported by programmes like ‘Digital India’ and ‘Skill India’: PM
'Average GDP, inflation lowest since 1991'
"At 7.3 per cent, the average GDP growth has been the highest of any Indian government since 1991. At the same time, the average rate of inflation at 4.6 per cent is the lowest for any Indian government since 1991 when India began its process for liberalization," Modi said.
We have also made Doing Business cheaper.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 18, 2019
The implementation of GST and other measures of simplification of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient.
We have also made Doing Business Faster through digital processes and single point interfaces: PM
'India aims for cleaner, greener energy'
"Being a young nation, we need to create better job opportunities. Our focus includes bringing our industrial policies and practices to best standards. Cleaner and greener energy is also one of our commitments. We are now the fifth producer of renewable energy in the world - the fourth largest producer of wind and the fifth largest producer of solar energy," Modi said.
Doing business in India is a great opportunity: Modi
"Digital payments are under full implementation. We are in one of the largest ecosystems in terms of startups. Doing business with us is a great opportunity. We have world-class research facilities," the PM said.
We are honoured by the presence of many Heads of State and Government and several other distinguished delegates.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 18, 2019
This shows that international bilateral cooperation is no longer limited to national capitals, but now extends to our state capitals as well: PM
Modi speaks on ease of doing business in India
"India is now ready for business. In the last four years, we have jumped 65 places of global ranking of ease of doing business. I have asked my team to work harder to ensure India is on the top 50 next years," Modi said.
'India one of the fastest growing economies in world'
"Those who visit India regularly will feel a change in ai, in terms of direction and intensity. Over the last four years, the aim of my government is to reduce government and increase governance. We wish to take deeper structural reforms to strengthen our economy. We continue to remain one of the fastest growing economies in the world," Modi said.
Vibrant Gujarat a global platform: PM Modi
"Vibrant Gujarat has emerged as a global platform. Gujarat represents the best of business spirit. The presence of so many leaders here shows that international cooperation is no longer limited to national capitals but is also extended to state capitals," PM Modi said.
Israel PM shares special message for Gujarat
In a special message via video-conferencing, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Gujarat symbolises the powerful connection between our two people. Together we're building limitless possibilities for the future."
@IsraeliPM @netanyahu in a special message to @VibrantGujarat: "#Gujarat symbolizes the powerful connection between our 2 Peoples...together we're building limitless possibilities for the future." #VG2019 @PMOIndia @narendramodi @CMOGuj @vijayrupanibjp #VibrantPartnership pic.twitter.com/tNIwi29ZPI— Yaakov Finkelstein (@Yaakov_FINKLSTN) January 18, 2019
Heads of states from across globe discuss business at Gujarat summit
Tsingshan chairman Guangda Xiang addresses gathering
Chromeni steels to invest US$ 3 Billion in #DholeraSIR to manufacture Stainless Steel and EV Batteries - Guangda Xiang, Chairman, Tsingshan Industries/ Chromeni Steels @VibrantGujarat @PMOIndia @CMOGuj @CimGOI @dmicdc @DIPPGOI @rabhishek1982 @alkesh12sharma @DholeraOfficial pic.twitter.com/0Lqt3WJdaR— JP Shivahare (@JpShivahare) January 18, 2019
CM Rupani lauds PM Modi's vision for state
While thanking PM Modi for his inspirational vision for the state, CM Rupani said, "We are committed to the policy-driven governance under the visionary leadership of PM Modi." Rupani also assured the industry captains of all the possible co-operation and support from the state government to facilitate easy business.
We are committed to the policy driven governance under the visionary leadership of PM Shri @narendramodi : Gujarat CM Shri @vijayrupanibjp at the inaugural ceremony of #VG2019 pic.twitter.com/z23ALQwy2Y— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) January 18, 2019
Gujarat is Reliance's 'Janmabhoomi and Karmabhoomi': Ambani
Mukesh Ambani during #VibrantGujarat summit said that Gujarat is Reliance 's janmabhoomi and karmabhoomi. He also said that they believe in India first and within India, Gujarat first. Reliance will double its investment and employment in the next 10 years. #ShapeANewIndia pic.twitter.com/XvGV2qXqFI— DIPP India (@DIPPGOI) January 18, 2019
Torrent Group chairman assures of additional investment
While addressing the gathering, Sudhir Mehta, chairman of Torrent Group, expressed his commitment to invest an additional amount of Rs 10,000 crore in renewable energy, gas distribution and other sectors.
CM Rupani welcomes PM Modi
"I take pride in welcoming the pioneer of Vibrant Gujarat Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019," CM Vijay Rupani had said.
Fortunate to attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit every year: Gautam Adani
Taking to Twitter, Gautam Adani said, "It's always been an honour to speak at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and I've been fortunate to attend every summit. This platform has all the defining stamps of our Hon'ble PM's imagination - towering vision, unprecedented scale and a leading role in reshaping India. Jai Hind!"
It's always been an honour to speak at @VibrantGujarat and I've been fortunate to attend every summit. This platform has all the defining stamps of our Hon'ble PM @narendramodi's imagination - towering vision, unprecedented scale and a leading role in reshaping India. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/1jBu1w3AGP— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani) January 18, 2019
Roundtable interaction, Africa Day among other events
Some of the major events during the three-day summit include a ’roundtable interaction’ with the heads of global funds, ‘Africa Day’ and an MSME Convention. “The Africa Day event is a new feature. It will provide a platform for global leaders to discuss opportunities for strategic partnerships, trade and investment between India and Africa,” the chief secretary said. “PM Modi will have a round table with heads of global sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and institutional investors on the inaugural day,” he added.
The Indian business tycoons who are expected to attend the summit include Mukesh Ambani, Uday Kotak, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Gautam Adani, Adi Godrej and Pankaj Patel. (Express photo/Javed Raja)
Business leaders expected at summit
The Indian business tycoons who are expected to attend the summit include Mukesh Ambani, Uday Kotak, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Gautam Adani, Adi Godrej and Pankaj Patel. Chief executive officers and top executives of global companies like BASF, DP World, Suzuki, Vanguard and Maersk would also be present.
In 10 years, Reliance investment to be doubled in Gujarat: Ambani
While addressing the crowd at the summit, Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani said, "Our motto is 'India first and within India, Gujarat first'. In the next 10 years, Reliance will double its investment in Gujarat."
Australia, Canada among 'Partner Countries'
Fifteen countries including Australia, Canada, France and Japan have agreed to be “partner countries”. “Though US is not there, two of its trade organisations — US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and US-India Business Council — are coming,” Singh said.
Over 115 delegations attend Gujarat summit
"Around 115 delegations from other countries will be here for the summit. Over 20,000 delegates and 26,380 companies have already registered for the three-day event and the number may increase,” Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh had said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural event. (Express photo/Javed Raja)
US, UK no longer 'Partner Countries'
Vibrant Gujarat Summits were initiated by Modi in 2003 when he was chief minister to attract investment to the state. Unlike past summits, the United States and United Kingdom won’t be associating themselves with the event as `Partner Countries’ this time.