US India Global Review 2018

-MUMBAI I srael Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said "the business partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders" and that he has developed "a strong personal friendship" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His remarks came at a power- breakfast where he held discus- sions with top Indian CEOs, industrialists and bankers at the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. Among the CEOs present were Ashok Hinduja, Anand Mahindra, Adi Godrej, Ajay Piramal, Harsh Goenka and Chanda Kochhar, with whom Netanyahu cheerfully interacted before getting down to breakfast-cum-business. "The future belongs to those who innovate and it is our job to encourage you to innovate. It is 30 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW APRIL-JUNE 2018 understanding the needs of the market assume prime impor- tance," Modi said to the gathered audience of farmers, agriculture scientists and expert researchers. Both the leaders expressed optimism of developing future technologies jointly by forging entrepreneurial alliances amongst youth, while they inaugurated the newly-built campus of International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) near Ahmedabad. The centre was formally dedicated to the nation by both the dignitaries. An autonomous centre for start- ups, 'iCreate' was formally launched in 2011 when Modi was Gujarat Chief Minister. "I am delighted to be here. The world knows about iPads and iPods, there is one more i that the world needs to know about, that is iCreate. Israel wants to build part- nership with you," Netanyahu said before concluding his speech by chanting, "Jai Hind, Jai Bharat, Jai Israel." Narendra Modi said, "We are working towards making the entire system innovation-friendly, as intent leads to ideas, ideas to innovation and innovations would help form a New India. When I had visited Israel for the first time, I had decided that we should have relationship with this nation." The Israeli Prime Minister gifted the Gal-Mobile, a water desalina- tion and purification vehicle, to India and both the Prime Ministers witnessed the demonstration of a vehicle that was stationed at Suigam, a village several kilome- tres away in the border district of Banaskantha, where BSF and vil- lagers would benefit from clean drinking water using Gal-Mobile. The Gal-Mobile can purify around 20,000 liters of sea or salty water daily. The vehicle was dedicated by both the leaders through a video link. The leaders began their one day visit to the state with host Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart embarking on an eight-km-long roadshow on their arrival in Ahmedabad, amidst heavy security blanket and thou- sands lined up to greet both. The leaders witnessed glimpses of India's rich cultural heritage show- cased at 50 stages erected along- side the route to Sabarmati Ashram. Playing a perfect host at the Ashram, Modi showed his guest the possessions of Mahatma Gandhi. Netanyahu even tried his hand at Bapu's 'Charkha' and after spending about 20 minutes at the Ashram, the Israeli Premier penned his thoughts, "An inspiring visit to the hearth of one of humanity's great prophets of inspi- ration - Mahatma Gandhi." The leaders also experienced the thrill of the popular kite festival in Gujarat - Uttarayan - that was celebrated a couple of days ago by flying kites on the banks of the Sabarmati river. The Indian Prime Minister taught Netanyahu how to fly the kite. India-Israel business doing wonders, Netanyahu tells India Inc Amit Cowper | Indo Asian News Service

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