Modi meets business leaders in Brussels, seeks investment

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PM Modi with Belgian CEO's at Egmont Palace in Brussels.  Courtesy : Twitter/MEAIndia

PM Modi with Belgian CEO’s at Egmont Palace in Brussels.
Courtesy : Twitter/MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Business leaders in Belgium to invest in India and offered them to provide not just market but a young talent pool.

Speaking at luncheon meeting at Egmont Palace in Brussels, PM said India- Belgium relationship is full of potential and India offers huge opportunities in terms of market and human resource.

“I invite everyone to explore opportunities in India, the fastest growing economy in the world, India offers huge opportunity – not just a market but as a huge talent pool” said PM Modi.

“We are developing our port sector in a big way. In addition inland waterways offer opportunities for Belgian businesses,” he added.

While addressing Belgian CEO’s gathering at the meeting Prime Minister Modi said that India has ties of blood with Belgium.

We have ties of blood with Belgium. 100 years ago 130,000 soldiers from India fought in Belgium and 9000 made the Supreme sacrifice,” said Prime Minister.

Speaking about his interaction with his counterpart Charles Michel he said India and Belgium can do a lot together in Science and Technology sectors.

Condoling people who lost their life in Brussels blast, he said “the scourge of terrorism increasing, it is important for all nations to fight this menace. India has been battling it for 40 years.”

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks in which over 30 people, including an Indian, lost their lives.

PM Narendra Modi, who arrived here on a day-long visit to attend the India-EU Summit, laid a wreath at the Maalbeek Metro station in the Belgian capital where a suicide attacker blew himself up killing scores of passengers, including Raghavendran Ganeshan, who was an Infosys employee from Bengaluru.

“At a time of grief, India stands in solidarity. Before official engagements, PM lays wreath at Maalbeek metro station,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

PM Modi lays wreath at Maalbek Metro Station in Brussels Courtesy : Twitter/MEAIndia

PM Modi lays wreath at Maalbek Metro Station in Brussels
Courtesy : Twitter/MEAIndia

At the Maalbeek Metro Station, the Prime Minister remembered Ganeshan and other victims of tragic attack, Swarup said.

The 13th India-EU Summit is being held after a gap of four years. The last Summit was held in New Delhi in 2012 and negotiations remained deadlocked over several key issues.

Besides firming up India-EU counter-terror partnership, the Summit here is expected to evince interest in other projects like cleaning of Ganga on the lines of River Rhine and Danube.

After his scheduled meetings with Hindu forum of Europe and Hindu Forum of Belgium, PM Narendra Modi is also scheduled to address the Indian community in Belgium later on Wednesday.

Later PM Modi will leave for Washington for the 4th Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on March 31 and April 1.

India will submit a national progress report on nuclear security at the summit, which is also expected to deliberate on ways to tackle nuclear terrorism, from Washington, the Prime Minister will travel to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on April 2 for a two-day visit.

The two sides are likely to discuss business and trade as Saudi Arabia is India’s 4th largest trading partner. Saudi Arabia plans to invest USD one trillion in infrastructure development over the next five years and Prime Minister Modi is likely to pitch for participation of Indian companies in the projects.

The ‘Strategic Partnership’ established through Riyadh declaration in 2010 envisions a deeper engagement in political, economic, security and defence areas.

In Riyadh, PM Narendra Modi will meet top CEOs of Saudi companies, interact with the Indian community there and visit Tata Consultancy centre which has trained over 1,000 Saudi women. The PM will also meet Indian workers of a project being implemented by L&T.

(With inputs from PTI)