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May 30, 2018
8:33PM

Govt is determined to achieve vision New India by 2022, provide corruption- free and citizen- centric governance: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that his government is determined to achieve vision New India by 2022 and  provide a corruption- free and citizen- centric governance and a friendly eco system for the country's growth. Addressing the Indian diaspora at Jakarta Convention Centre today, he said, India is one among the few most open economies in the world and is in the second position in the global competitive index. Mr Modi stated that the country is in the forefront in attracting Foreign Direct Investments -FDIs which has increased to 400 billion dollars of late. 
The Prime Minister said, the aim is not just ensuring 'ease of doing business" alone but 'ease of living' also so as to provide modern infrastructure to every common man. On the occasion, Mr Modi said, India and Indonesia are proud of their democratic ethos and their diversity. He invited  Indonesians to visit India and announced that Indian government would provide them visa-free travel for 30 days. He suggested them to visit India in January next year during Kumbhmela to see the cultural diversity of the country. He complimented Indian diaspora for showing reverence and affection for their motherland. 
Mr Modi also addressed India-Indonesia CEOs Forum along with Indonesian President President Joko Widodo today. Earlier, India and Indonesia signed two agreements and seven MoUs in various sectors including defence, space and capacity building. Both countries decided to elevate the strategic partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership. They also agreed to deepen their ties in defence, maritime security, Science and Technology, pharmaceuticals and other areas. In a joint statement after delegation level talks, Mr Modi and Indonesian President agreed to increase the bilateral trade to 50 billion dollars by 2025. 
The Prime Minister said, India and Indonesia have more than two centuries-old bilateral links and both countries need to take forward this relationship to next level. Mr Modi said, 2019 marks the completion of 70 years of diplomatic relations between the both countries and several events are planned to mark the occasion. 
Speaking on the occasion, the Indonesian President called upon Indian industrialists to invest in Indonesia in the areas of infrastructure, sea ports, airports and pharmaceuticals. Both leaders also inaugurated the first joint kite exhibition themed on India's largest epics Ramayana and Mahabharata at Jakarta's National Monument.Mr Modi reached Jakarta last evening on the first leg of his 3-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.  

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