PM Modi meets fortune 500 CEOs


New York: PM Modi meets leading fortune 500 club CEOs, media barons and CEOs of Financial sector Companies, says India is committed to protecting Intellectual Property Rights, urge US Corporates to invest in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started and ended his first day in US with business. He dined with 42 top executives of America at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he is staying.

The event was coordinated by the Fortune magazine and the interactive session preceding the dinner moderated by its editor, Alan Murray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, reform in governance is my first priority, on first day of his 5-day United States visit.

During his 6-day stay in the United States, PM Modi will also address the UN Summit on sustainable development and will hold bilaterals with US President Barack Obama and other world leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top CEOs in the US, listing the various sectors that India has opened up for investments and inviting the US business leaders to ‘Make in India’.

The Prime Minister said India is ready to welcome them (the CEOs) with both hands and it is the right time for them to come and invest in the world’s largest democratic country.

During the meet, PM said that FDI all over the world has fallen but in India it increased by 40 percent which reflects confidence in the Indian economy.

The Prime Minister also said that reform in governance is No. 1 priority for him.

Among the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies who attended the dinner were Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty, Pepsi Co Chief Indra Nooyi and Dow Chemical Chairman Andrew Liveris.

Citigroup Chairman Michael O’Neill, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, Boeing International President Marc Allen, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, Blackstone President Hamilton James, SanDisk co-founder Sanjay Mehrotra, Harman International Chairman Dinesh Palatal and Time Inc CEO Joe Ripp were also present on the occasion.