PM Narendra Modi leaves for seven-day visit to Ireland first and then the US
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for a two-nation tour ofIreland and USA amid his confidence that his visit will help further deepen ties with these two countries.In the first leg of his seven-day trip, he will visit Ireland, marking first Prime Ministerial visit from India in almost 60 years.In Dublin, he will hold talks with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Taking to micro blogging site, Modi said, “Leaving for Ireland, where I will hold delegation level talks with Mr. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland & interact with Indian community. After Ireland, will travel to New York City.”In New York, Modi will address a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participate in a Summit on peacekeeping being hosted by US President Barack Obama.
The Prime Minister will also be meeting several world leaders and have interactions with leading investors and financial sector firms. There will be a working dinner where major Fortune-500 companies will be present to deliberate on investment opportunities in India.
He will also travel to West Coast where he will visit Facebook Headquarters for a Townhall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He will also visit Google campus and Tesla Motors.In San Jose, he will interact with the Indian community on September 27.
Ahead of the visit, Modi said he was going to USA at a “historic moment” when the UN is celebrating its 70th anniversary. India attaches great importance to the United Nations.
“We are proud of our peacekeeping forces spread across the world, ensuring peace in difficult circumstances. I will pay homage to all those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for peace. And I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how to make peacekeeping more effective,” he said.
This year, India will host a summit of G-4 leaders in New York where the main agenda would be the UNSC reforms.Modi will also take part in a round-table discussion on clean technologies and renewable energy at Stanford University, where he will also hear about inventions and ideas for sustainable development. “As an entrepreneur and VC in Silicon Valley, I’ve never seen this level of excitement among my peers.
PM Modi has a charisma that is striking the right chord with the most influential and dominant community here, ie, the VCs and entrepreneurs,” Karl Mehta, founder & CEO of EdCast Inc, a knowledge platform company, said. Mehta’s team in Silicon Valley will be organising the Hackathon. “We will be building rapid prototypes of apps by coding all night towards the PM’s Digital India, Skilled India and Smart Cities vision,” said Mehta, adding that his company plans to skill 500 million people in India through digital learning.
He said the Hackathon is part of a “Code for India mission to inspire techies worldwide to volunteer with their tech talent for social impact”. The discussions at Google may also include the effectiveness of deploying the company’s balloon technology for providing Internet service in rural India. According to the schedule examined by The Indian Express, Modi’s Google visit is slotted to start at 11 am, in between his Facebook session scheduled at 9.30 am, and the public address at the SAP auditorium starting 7 pm.
His West Coast Itinerary Sep 26: Arrival at West Coast; lunch hosted by Ambassador for local Indian community; visit to Tesla’s HQ in Palo Alto; meeting with Apple’s Tim Cook and Microsoft’s Satya Nadela; dinner with 400 CEOs. Sep 27: Town Hall at Facebook HQ; visit to Google HQ; meeting with Governor of California Jerry Brown; India-US Startup Konnect; round-table at Stanford; address at SAP auditorium.