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Apple CEO Tim Cook eager to be part of Digital India initiative: MEA

Modi_in_US_2015 Updated: Sep 27, 2015 11:28 IST
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PM Narendra Modi shakes hands with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook has expressed interest in participating in Modi’s Digital India scheme, which he has hailed as a ‘game changer.’(Picture courtesy Twitter)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India scheme, while expressing interest in participating in the initiative.

“Tim Cook has expressed his great desire to be a part of Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India initiative and he also said it was a game changer,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

The Prime Minister had also discussed Apple Pay with Tim Cook so that ways could be explored in adapting it for use in the Jan Dhan Yojana, he told media representatives.

Modi and the Apple CEO had a one-on-one meeting at the Hotel Fairmont in San Jose.

“Dialling India for Digital. An exciting evening begins, as Apple CEO @tim_cook calls on PM @narendramodi,” Vikas Swarup tweeted.

“We have a unique tie with India. Our founder Steve Jobs went to India for inspiration. Apple CEO @tim_cook tells PM,” he said in another tweet.

Initial reports suggest that Apple is looking to invest in building manufacturing capacities in India, which could come as a major boost for the PM’s Make in India scheme.