The Prime Minister, in his third leg of the five-nation tour, held a business roundtable with Swiss CEOs in Geneva today. The focus was on deepening the economic ties as the CEOs across several sectors joined the meeting. A virtual who-is-who of the Swiss business including ABB, Lafarge, Novartis, Nestlé, Rieter, Roche etc. joined the Round Table with PM.
Addressing the business leaders the Prime Minister said that India’s economy is growing rapidly and the coming together of our development needs and Swiss strengths can be beneficial. He told that he is glad that the economic linkages between the two nations are strong and vibrant. The Prime Minister said that India is not just a market of 1.25 billion, we have skills and a government which is open to business. He added that India wants to have manufacturing of global standards and hence the Swiss model of skill development is very relevant to it.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister reviewed the multifaceted bilateral ties between India and Switzerland with the Swiss President Schneider-Ammann. Collaboration in trade, technology, skill development, renewable energy were discussed during the talks. The Prime Minister shared the views that the common commitments, values, people-to-people and economic ties will take India-Switzerland relations to new heights.
A group of Indian scientists and students at CERN also met the Prime Minister in Geneva today.