Modi meets German CEOs to boost business ties with India

modiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met top German business leaders in Hannover and told them about steps being taken by his government to ensure the ease of doing business in India.

Modi, who reached Hannover in north Germany from Paris, held a roundtable meet with CEOs from leading German companies like Daimler, Bombardier, Voith and Metro AG, on the first day of his three-day visit to the country. About 15 CEOs attended the meet followed by one-on-one meetings with Modi.

The Prime Minister told them he has already taken steps to ensure doing business is easy in India and has identified around 80-90 things in this regard, sources said.

Giving an assurance to them, he said he was personally monitoring implementation of these steps. Later speaking at another function, Modi said India presents vast opportunities as it was modernising and developing.

He particularly referred to opportunities in areas of manufacturing, infrastructure development, Ganges cleaning and solid waste management.

“Business is 1st in order of priority PM @narendramodi assisted by @CimGOI engages with German business leaders,” tweeted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

“Movers & shakers of German economy/industry meet with PM,” Akbaruddin tweeted.

Modi was accompanied by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Prime Minister also praised German innovation and excellence in manufacturing.

Modi, who arrived in the German town early on Sunday, tweeted, “Hallo Germany! Reached Hannover a short while ago.” From the Langenhagen Airport he went straight to his hotel where several Indians enthusiastically greeted him. He shook hands with some of them as they shouted ‘Modi, Modi’.

During his stay, Modi will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Business and technology is the focus of his first trip to Germany.