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‘Friend, visionary, most popular world leader for reason’— from US & Uganda to IMF, plaudits aplenty

A “friend”, “visionary” and “deep into details”. This is how some global leaders have described Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the past few days, stressing that under his leadership, India has become an even more attractive place to do business.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Indian Embassy in Washington last week, U.S. commerce secretary Gina Raimondo, hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “visionary”.

“I had an incredible opportunity to spend more than an hour with PM Modi. He is the most popular world leader for a reason; he is visionary; and his level of commitment to the people of India is indescribable. His desire to lift people out of poverty and move India forward as a global power is real and it’s happening,” she said.

Raimondo added: “Anyone who knows PM Modi is aware of the fact that he is a tech guy and he is deep into the details. I found myself at his home at 7:30 on Friday night talking about the details of radio access networks and artificial intelligence.”

She further said, “Many of the actions India has taken under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, even over the past couple of years, make India an even more attractive place to do business. More transparency, the rapid move to a digital economy, absolutely zero tolerance for corruption, all of those things make India an even more attractive partner.”

Similarly, replying to a query during a press conference on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington Thursday, Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF praised India for “doing an excellent job” in focusing the work of the G-20 group of countries on what matters the most. “What matters the most is to move through very complex policy challenges, comparing notes and coming up with the right policy actions,” she said.


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