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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015, says Anandiben Patel

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New Delhi (27th August, 2014): Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the seventh edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, an event he conceptualised as the chief minister to attract global investors to the state.

The Prime Minister's Office "has kindly consented for the presence of the honourable PM at the inauguration", Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said at the curtain-raiser event of the summit here on Wednesday.

The biennial event will be held between January 11 and January 13, 2015 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Patel also extended invitations to more than 1,000 industrialists, diplomats, captains of Indian Industry and other Indian states to partner and participate in the summit.

With Gujarat contributing 7.5 per cent of the country's GDP, the chief minister hoped to have a bigger role for her state in the Indian economy.

Patel said the event, which started in 2003 to showcase investment opportunities in the state, has now become a major global networking event.

The summit's seventh edition has seven partner countries - Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Africa.

Highlighting the importance of the summit, Patel said in the 2015 edition, the government was giving considerable thrust to social sectors including health, education, women empowerment and specialised areas such as innovation and climate change.

The Chief Minister said "the last six summits have been a resounding success".

Patel said the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 had witnessed participation from nearly 121 countries with over 2,100 foreign delegates and around 58,000 Indian delegates. As many as 17,719 investment intentions and about 2,700 strategic partnerships were signed in the areas including technology transfer, R&D, education and manufacturing during the summit.

Gujarat Finance and Industries Minister Saurabh Patel said keeping in mind the requirements of the industries the state government has kept aside Rs 1,000 crore alone for skill development.

Ambassadors of Japan Takeshi Yagi and Republic of Korea Joon-gyu Lee also called on Anandiben Patel and discussed issues related to bilateral ties. A high level delegation from Thailand embassy and the representatives from Israel embassy also called on the Gujarat CM here.

 



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