Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participating at an event marking the completion of 20 years of the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2023,’ in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, guaranteed that India will be among the top three economies of the world.
The Prime Minister, who was then Chief Minister of Gujarat, launched the summit on September 28, 2003 and since that year the Summit transformed to become a truly global event, attaining the status of being one of the most premier business summits in India.
The PM recalled the journey of the 20 years of the Summit and said India will soon emerge as a global economic powerhouse.
“We are standing at such a phase that India will soon emerge as a global economic powerhouse,” he said and added, “It is my guarantee to you that in a few years from now, in front of your eyes, India will be among the top three economies of the world.”
“We organised Vibrant Gujarat to make the state a growth engine of India. After 2014, our aim has been to make India a global growth engine,” he added.
Modi said the Centre at that time did not extend any cooperation, instead, they refused to attend the event and threatened foreign investors to not invest in Gujarat.
“…Those who ran the central govt earlier used to link Gujarat’s development with politics. Ministers of the central govt used to refuse to come to Vibrant Gujarat…they used to threaten foreign investors and tried to stop them(foreign investors) from coming to Gujarat…even after so much of threatening, foreign investors came to Gujarat,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi termed the 20 years of the summit as a “key milestone” in advancing the state’s growth.”When Vibrant Gujarat was started, there were no big hotels in Gujarat where foreign guests could stay. Even government guest houses used to get full and we even used University guesthouses…” PM Modi said.
“We not only redeveloped Gujarat but also thought about its future, we made ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ a key channel for this. ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ was made a channel to increase the self-confidence of Gujarat and a channel to speak to the world eye to eye,” the PM said.