PM Modi’s US visit to focus on start-up partnerships

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2015 23:37 IST
PM Narendra Modi addressing the Indian diaspora at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Monday evening. (ANI Photo)

Ahead of his upcoming visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was “enthusiastic” about the ‘India-US Start-Up Konnect’, a programme that will see Indian start-ups showcase their innovations and stitch up alliances with their American counterparts.

“India is emerging as a hub of start-ups in a wide range of areas… We want the world to see our innovation capabilities in the start-up sector,” the PM said in one of a series of Facebook posts detailing his itinerary.

Modi will make a stopover in Ireland on September 23 and hold talks with his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny before kicking off his US visit the next day. This is the first time an Indian PM will visit Ireland after nearly 60 years. Modi will also interact with the Indian community there.

One of the Modi’s first engagements in the US will be addressing the UN Sustainable Development Summit, followed by a peacekeeping summit hosted by President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week. “I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how to make peacekeeping more effective,” the PM said.

Modi said his US visit “seeks to build on the substantial ground covered” during his last trip to the US and Obama’s India visit in January. The PM said he was travelling to the US at a “historic” time as the United Nations was celebrating its 70th anniversary. “The 70th anniversary is an apposite moment for reform discussions to be accelerated,” he said.

Modi’s other engagements in the US, during his six-day visit, include a dinner with top global CEOs, a Townhall Q&A at the Facebook headquarters, and an interaction with the Indian community in San Jose — an Indian PM will be visiting the West Coast after 33 years.

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