Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said India is on the way to becoming the fifth largest economy in the world and the government is taking reform measures on a “daily basis” to further improve investment climate in the country. Speaking at the India-South Africa Business Summit, he said India is the world’s fastest-growing major economy and the government is committed to building a ”New India” with next generation infrastructure.
At $2.6 trillion, the Indian economy is currently ranked sixth in the world behind the US, China, Japan, Germany and the UK. The prime minister listed out some of the government flagship initiatives like boosting domestic manufacturing through Make in India and digitising the economy through Digital India. “We are on our way to becoming the fifth largest economy globally…We are one of the top FDI destinations listed by UNCTAD. But, we are not satisfied. On a daily basis, we are making necessary changes and reforms in important sectors of the economy,” he said.
PM Modi also informed the local and South African businesses that India has jumped to the 77th position in the latest edition of World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, which is an improvement of 65 places in the last four years. The prime minister assured that the ”New India” would welcome the South African businesses to look at all available opportunities in areas such as food, agro processing, deep mining, defence, insurance and infrastructure.
“Likewise, India could also partner with South Africa in startups, healthcare and pharma, biotech, IT and IT enabled sectors,” PM Modi added. Further, the prime minister said gems and jewellery sector holds huge potential for enhancing collaboration between the countries. “Both countries could explore avenues for direct procurement of diamond. It will ensure economies of scale, and also reduce the cost for both buyers and sellers,” he said adding South Africa could also join hands with India in the new and renewable energy sector through the International Solar Alliance.
On bilateral trade relations between the two nations, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, consul general of South Africa, said that immense scope is available in areas like deep mining, diamond, food processing, and seed development bank. “There should be a direct air connectivity between Delhi and Johannesburg to increase movement of people,” he added.