Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to interact with the who’s who of Silicon Valley to push his government’s pet initiatives, including ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ campaigns ahead, during his US visit later this month.
Modi’s visit to San Francisco after the 70th annual session of UN General Assembly in New York will make him the fourth Indian prime minister to visit the US’ West Coast.
His meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook in San Francisco could have far-reaching implications, in the sense that, Apple, it is believed, is looking to invest in building manufacturing capacities in India, which could come as a huge boost for Modi’s ‘Make in India’ project.
The Cupertino-based company’s sales of iPhones in India grew by 93% in the third quarter, faster than 87% growth in Chinese markets. Apple uses manufacturing facilities of Foxconn, which has recently signed an agreement to invest $5 billion in a manufacturing facility in Maharashtra.
Later, he will meet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who invited Modi to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on September 27 for a live online Q&A session. This will be their second meeting after Zuckerberg met Modi in Delhi.
In addition, he will also meet Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk. Time Inc will host a dinner for Modi with 100 CEOs specializing in infrastructure and manufacturing.
Meanwhile, preparations for multiple gatherings and addresses are underway, including one in San Jose, California on September 27. Modi is expected to address an audience of more than 20,000 Indian Americans there.
While Make in India and Digital India will be in focus throughout his visit, Modi will also focus on renewable energy. He will hold a roundtable on the subject at Stanford University and this will be a key topic of discussion in his conversation with US President Barack Obama in New York on September 28.