A busy schedule awaits PM Modi in the US

RSTV Bureau

modi_US2From meeting President Barack Obama to deliver his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have his hands full during his visit to the US, where he is expected to undertake more than 50 engagements over 100 hours of stay.

A hectic agenda awaits Modi in the US as he would utilise his stay to meet top global leaders, address thousands of cheering crowds, make a speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and interact with CEOs of the Fortune 500, in addition to his Oval Office meeting with President Obama.

The series of engagements — estimated to be over 50 – in a little over 100 hours from the time Air India One touches down at the John F Kennedy international airport in New York on September 26 till the wheels are up at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on September 30 evening –- are all aimed at achieving Modi’s goal of a resurgent India.

In his interactions with top American CEOs, a majority of whom are said to be from Fortune 500, the Prime Minister would be rolling out his policy of “red carpet and not red tape” to invite them to come, invest and make in India.

In his interaction with leaders like American business magnate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Modi would be listening to his experience of smart cities.

In his address to nearly 20,000 Indian-Americans and in his subsequent meetings with the Indian diaspora, Modi is expected to seek their “partnership” in a resurgent India, which occupies its due place in the international community.

PM will be hosted for tea by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Joe Boehner and more than 50 lawmakers during his stay either in New York or Washington.

In Washington, there is a very high level of expectation from PM Modi’s meeting with President Obama.

Obama has gone out of his way to host a rare private dinner for Modi at the White House on September 29, so as to establish a personal relationship with the Indian leader.

Ahead of his main summit at the White House on September 30, Modi would visit the Martin Luther King Memorial and Lincoln Memorial in Washington and pay floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in front of the Indian Embassy.

PM Modi would begin the next day, September 27, with a  visit to the 9/11 memorial New York, after which he is expected to drive down to the United Nations headquarters to address the 69th annual session of UN General Assembly.

Following his address, Modi is scheduled to have a series of bilateral meetings with a host of world leaders.

He would also meet UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon.

The same day, the Prime Minister will drive down to the historic Central Park to address the annual Global Citizens Initiative, which aims at building a sustainable world community for all.

September 28 is a day dedicated to the Indian diaspora on his calendar, wherein he would address some 20,000 Indian- Americans –- from 48 American States and five Canadian provinces –- at the Madison Square garden, with several thousand people watching them live at the iconic Times Square.