Gold Silver Reports — US to be partner country at Vibrant Gujarat 2017 — The United States of America has agreed to be a partner country in the next edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2017, an official has said.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal announced this during a meeting with the visiting delegation of Gujarat on Thursday, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday.
Biswal met with a Gujarat delegation, led by Resident Commissioner Bharat Lal who was accompanied by Indian Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“The Assistant Secretary praised Resident Commissioner Lal for his ef forts to make Gujarat a model of innovation and sustainable economic growth and reform for India,“ he said.
“She also announced US’ intent to participate as a partner country in the 2017 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, the government of Gujarat’s biennial investors’ summit that brings together global business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, and policymakers,“ Kirby said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had attended the Vibrant Gujarat 2015Summit.
Welcoming the announcement, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said in an official statement on Saturday that US’ partnership will add to the prestige of Vibrant Gujarat Sum mit. Earlier this month, US consul general Thomas Vajda during his visit to Gujarat had said while talking to media persons that US was yet to take a final call in joining VGGIS-2017 event as the country was gearing up for the presidential election in November.
So far countries including Canada, UK and Poland have confirmed their participation for the summit this year as partner countries. The biennial aimed to draw investments and create a business friendly environment in the state is a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of the state. Modi has so far attended all the editions of the summit and he is expected to attend the next edition too. — Neal Bhai Reports