New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met top executives of major media and communication companies in US, discussing the latest trends in the field and opportunities with regard to India.
PM Modi, who is on his second visit to the United States, attended the roundtable meet on ‘Media, Technology and Communications – Grow Story for India’ in New York.
Top executives of Comcast, Time Warner, Discovery, Sony, ESPN, News Corp, 21st Century Fox, Disney Industries, ABC television group, Ad agency WPP were invited for the interaction with Mr. Modi.
The focus of the Prime Minister’s meeting with over dozen media honchos was to understand about the trends in media and communication technologies and the opportunities for India.
The meet which was hosted by News Corporation’s Rupert Murdoch focused on leveraging India’s growth story through the media. He met heads of top media houses, including Rupert Murdoch and the WPP Chief Sir Martin Sorell. Modi told the media barons that India would do everything to protect Intellectual Property Rights.
PM Modi reportedly asked the financial head honchos to give him details on the concerns they have about investing in India. Later, the Prime Minister hosted a working dinner with CEOs of top American firms, including Lockheed Martin, Ford, IBM, PepsiCo, GE and Boeing.
PM Modi told media sector CEOs that his government was committed to protecting Intellectual Property Rights, “which is essential to fostering creativity”. He further said that India was a “technology driven society”.
He further pointed that while foreign direct investment (FDI) had fallen all over the world, it had increased by 40 per cent in India. The Prime Minister added, “This reflects confidence in the Indian economy.”
The Prime Minister also said, “Reform in governance is my priority. We are for simplified procedures, speedy decision making, transparency, accountability.”