Modiís vision: Gujarat as nodal trade point in Asia


Chief Minister Narendra Modi pitched Gujarat as the best destination in India for forging business partnerships with the world at the valedictory function of the sixth edition of the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2013 here Saturday.

Modi began by extending an invitation for the next Vibrant Gujarat summit to be held in January 2015 and said that Gujarat wants to emerge as a nodal centre in Asia, which serves as a common platform for countries like Japan, Sri Lanka, China and Thailand.

"At the sixth biennial summit, Gujarat has formed a bonding with a record 121 participant countries, which is greater than branding. Gujarat has assumed a Vishwaroop. Through the summit, we have been able to send a message to these 121 countries...," said Modi.

"Now we have new ambassadors in these countries. They will go back home and say they went to India... They may speak different languages, but they will be ambassadors of our country. They will talk good about us whenever they talk about India," he added.

Modi further said, "We had started on a small scale in 2003... But this one is the most successful of all, where more than investment, knowledge sharing and innovation took centre stage."

He stressed that it was not investment figures, but knowledge sharing and innovation that was the focus of the summit. "I am proud that we held a knowledge sharing event where in 145 universities participated, which is a unique achievement. Such event has never been held at such a grand scale anywhere in the world."

"Success of this summit cannot be measured in terms of plain economics. I bet that even if top 10 PR companies in the world get together they cannot create a brand that we have created in such a short period," said the CM.

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