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WASHINGTON: With the aim of making India a global innovation hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held talks with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano R Amon and discussed a slew of issues including electronics, telecom manufacturing and various measures to strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

This is part of series of meeting that Prime Minister Modi will undertake with select heads of corporates that have the potential to invest significantly in India. Aside from Qualcomm head, Prime Minister is slated to meet the leadership of Adobe, Blackstone, General Atomics and First Solar.

WASHINGTON: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation Vivek Lall, in Washington DC on Thursday. Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and other dignitaries also present. (ANI Photo)

“Toward making India a global innovation hub! PM @narendramodi in conversation with @cristianoamon, CEO @Qualcomm on investment opportunities in hi-tech sectors in India. Discussed recent electronics & telecom manufacturing PLI schemes; & measures to strengthen innovation ecosystem,” said Official Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Cristiano R Amon, who is the head of the company which creates semiconductors, software and services related to wireless technology, said that there is opportunity to advance the industry domestically in India.

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with President and CEO of Qualcomm Cristiano R Amon, in Washington DC on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

During his talks with PM Modi they also discussed prospect of semiconductors in India. “We talked about an incredible opportunity to advance the industry not only domestically in India but India as an export of technology, everything about the digital transformation, enabled by 5G combined with the design in India. We talked about semiconductors, which is kind of an important, I think, topic of conversation,” Amon said.

Meeting with CEO, First Solar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his three-day US visit, met with Mark R Widmar, Chief executive officer (CEO) of First Solar in Washington DC.

First Solar Inc is a US multinational corporation, which manufactures solar panels, provide utility-scale PV power plants. The company also provides services associated with finance, construction, and maintenance and end-of-life panel recycling.

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Indian diaspora on his arrival, in Washington DC on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

This discussion is a part of PM Modi’s series of meetings with heads of corporates that have the potential to invest in India.

Aside from First Solar CEO, the Prime Minister also met Qualcomm CEO Cristiano R Amonand and Adobe Chairman Shantanu Narayen.

PM Modi is also slated to meet the leadership of Blackstone and General Atomics.

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Indian diaspora on his arrival, in Washington DC on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his much-touted US visit. He received a warm welcome from the members of the Indian community at Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC.

PM Modi at COVID-19 Summit

Emphasising the need to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that international travel should be made easier through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.

Addressing the Global COVID-19 Summit, the Prime Minister also said the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open for the production of vaccines against the disease.

“We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects. To that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that as India’s production of vaccines increases, it will be able to resume vaccine supplies to others countries. 

“As newer Indian vaccines get developed, we are also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines. As our production increases, we will be able to resume vaccine supplies to others too. For this, the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open,” he said.

Noting that India has always seen humanity as one family, he said India’s pharmaceutical industry has produced cost-effective diagnostic kits, drugs, medical devices and PPE kits. “These are providing affordable options to many developing countries,” he said.

PM Modi said while India shared its vaccine production, the world also stood with the country when it was hit by the second wave of COVID-19.   

“Earlier this year, we shared our vaccine production with 95 other countries, and with UN peacekeepers. And, like a family, the world also stood with India when we were going through a second wave. For the solidarity and support extended to India, I thank you all,” he said.

The Prime Minister said India is now running the world’s largest vaccination campaign and recalled that about 25 million were vaccinated on a single day.

“Recently, we vaccinated about 25 million people on a single day. Our grassroots-level healthcare system has delivered over 800 million vaccine doses so far. Over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated,” he said.  (ANI)