Sushma in Egypt; Calls for diaspora to invest back home

RSTV Bureau

PM-and-Sushma-2Even as the domestic and global markets continues to be tested under the fall of the stocks and currency value, Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj believes there is no reason to worry about Indian markets. Pointing out that India’s economy has rebounded strongly after NDA government came to power, she urged the Indian Diaspora to invest in the country. Ms Swaraj was addressing the gathering of Indian community in Cairo, during her two-day visit to Egypt.

Claiming that various steps have been taken by the BJP-led NDA government to boost trade and make India a global manufacturing hub, she said a “unique transformation” is taking place in India in both economic and political fronts.

“We are committed to good governance, transparency, inclusive and sustainable growth and we as the government is ushering into an era of rapid eco development. There is a positive and upbeat business sentiment in our country,” the Union External Affairs minister said.

Citing NDA government’s agenda for development, Sushma Swaraj said the mood and perception about India had changed drastically because NDA government has shown “will and determination” in the last 15 months to ensure rapid economic development.

“We have achieved great success in the field of foreign office as well. The greatness of India now has a stronger resonance and our circle of friends has grown,” Swaraj said.

Calling the overseas Indian community an “inalienable” part of India’s transformation, she appealed them to join hands with Indian government to take forward its developmental agenda. Ms. Swaraj also highlighted various initiatives undertaken by Modi government including its flagship ‘Make in India’.

“Welfare of our citizens outside India, particularly in this region is a top priority of our government. We have been proactively engaging with all the stakeholders to address the concerns of our overseas community,” she added in her address.

On the diplomatic front, the Union minister expressed happiness over Egyptian authority’s decision to transfer back to India two prisoners who have served 22 and 16 years in Egyptian prison.

Ms Swaraj also strongly indicated that, the Gulf and the North Africa were crucial for India’s energy security and complimented the Diaspora community for their contribution in ensuring stronger ties between countries of the region and India.

Sushma Swaraj arrived in Cairo on Sunday on the first leg of her two-nation tour after that she will leave for Germany.

(With inputs from the PTI)