Source: News Bharati English05 Jun 2016 14:16:51

Doha (Qatar), June 5: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out the business community in Qatar projecting India as a land of opportunities and appealing them to take advantage of these opportunities.

He highlighted the role of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani in promoting the business relations between Qatar and India.

Starting on his first engagement on the second day of his official visit here, the Prime Minister held a meeting with the business leaders to discuss trade and investment. He is reported to have persuaded the industry captains to invest in India as the business rules have been eased out in the country.  

“India is a land of opportunity. I have come to personally invite you to take advantage of this opportunity,” Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying.

“All of you recognise the potential of India. I will address the bottlenecks you have identified,” he added.

Highlighting the initiatives of his government, including the Smart Cities project, Prime Minister Modi said that infrastructure expansion, up-gradation and manufacturing were his other priorities.

Vikas Swarup tweeted saying that Prime Minister identified agro-processing, railways and solar energy as very promising areas for investors from Qatar.

“India’s 800 million youth are its biggest strength. Infrastructure expansion and up gradation and manufacturing are my other priorities,” Prime Minister Modi said.

“Our projects for Smart Cities, metros, urban waste management etc. are geared towards upgrading the quality of life of people,” he added.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister identified agro-processing, railways and solar energy as very promising areas for Qatari investment.

Earlier in a Facebook post, Prime Minister Modi said, “Look forward to meeting His Highness Sheikh Tamim whose landmark visit to India last year had ushered in a new momentum in our relations. I will have the honour to meet Father Emir who personally guided our relations for nearly two decades. This visit will nourish the historical bonds of friendship deeply rooted in people to people contacts, energy, trade and investment partnership.”

The two nations will sign agreements in various field including skill development and recognition of qualifications to facilitate workforce mobility and placement of youth in overseas jobs in Qatar.

The signing of agreements will facilitate workforce mobility, skill development and placement of youth in overseas jobs in Qatar.

On Saturday evening, Modi interacted with the Indian workers here and assured them all assistance in solving the problems they face. He also shared the meal with them.

The Prime Minister also held discussions on various issues of mutual interest and regional concern with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani last night over dinner.