Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi sure is the man of the hour as his vision and dream of connecting 600,000 villages across India using fiber optic cable to expand the world’s largest democracy’s economy to $20 trillion undoubtedly stands at the zenith of his visit to the US. On Sunday, Modi spoke to Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Inc. headquarters . While speaking to Zuckerberg, Modi described his plans to link local governments with faster Internet over the next five years to establish a reliable digital infrastructure. Modi, who came into power 15 months ago, has a large gap to close with India’s economy valued at $2 trillion in 2014.
According to close sources and news reports, the Indian prime minister will be touring Silicon Valley this weekend, seeking investments from Fortune 500 companies. After visiting companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Blackstone Group on Sept. 24 in New York City, Modi is also scheduled to visit Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Tesla Motors Inc. Investments from the U.S. are up 87 percent in the last 15 months.“There are many countries who don’t know where to invest their money, so I’m giving them the address – here’s the place,” Modi said through an interpreter at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
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