In a roundtable conference in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged global business leaders and top executives across 20 sectors to leverage the Startup India platforms to create solutions to world problems. The top problems discussed were nutrition and waste management. Modi also emphasized on continued political stability in India, predictability of policy, and pro-development and pro-growth policies.
In a tweet, the PMO said “Captains of industry interact with PM Narendra Modi in New York. The extensive agenda includes harnessing investment opportunities in India and boosting commercial linkages between India and USA.”
He emphasised the development of tourism, plastic recycling and waste management initiatives, and to enhance the business of MSMEs, especially those which create more opportunities for farmers and agriculture. The CEOs briefly outlined their specific plans in India and put forth recommendations to aid India’s efforts towards skill development, Digital India, Make in India, inclusive growth, green energy and financial inclusion. The companies that participated in the roundtable had a combined net worth of USD 16.4 trillion, of which their net worth in India is USD 50 billion.
The CEOs Roundtable was attended by IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of Walmart Douglas McMillon, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola James Quincey, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, JP Morgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, CEO of American Tower Corporation and co-chair of the India-US CEO forum James Taiclet, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga and Senior Executives from Apple, Google, Marriott, VISA, 3M, Warburg Pincus, AECOM, Raytheon, Bank of America and Pepsi.