In the first day of his US visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday met leading US CEOs in Washington.
He held one-on-one meetings with CEOs of semiconductor and wireless technology manufacturer Qualcomm, software company Adobe, renewable energy company First Solar, arms manufacturer General Atomics, and investment management company Blackstone.
Modi had a productive interaction with Qualcomm President and CEO Cristiano Amon. The meeting is significant as India is looking at fast adoption of 5G technology in the country and for investment in this high technology area from credible partners who can provide safe and secure networks. The San Diego-based company creates semiconductors, software, and services related to wireless technology and is getting big into 5G technology with its range of pioneering products.
Modi met Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President and CEO of Adobe. They discussed Adobe’s ongoing collaboration and future investment plans in India. Shantanu appreciated the efforts of India in fighting Covid and particularly in the rapid vaccination. He expressed interest to contribute in India’s 75th anniversary of independence and expressed desire to bring video, animation to every child in India. PM said that bringing smart education to every child is important and that makes technology very important.
PM Modi elaborated on India’s efforts to harness solar energy, including the ‘One world, One sun and One grid’ initiative and investment opportunities in the solar sector while he met the CEO of first solar cells, Mark Widmar. Mark expressed happiness with the Indian policies for climate change and related industries. PM spoke about the One world, one sun, and one grid initiative & its potential. He referred to India’s ambitious target of 450 GW of renewable energy.