Narendra Modi to discuss job creation with top American CEOs Jobs
Job creation in India will be a key agenda when PM Narendra Modi meets top American CEOs of global giants like Walmart, Apple, and Google during his US visit
Washington: Job creation in India will be a key agenda when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets top American CEOs of global giants like Walmart, Apple, and Caterpillar this Sunday during his visit to the US.
The discussions will also include efficiency in logistics arena, the post-demonetisation macroeconomic scenario, and the potential gains through the GST roll-out from next month, an official said. Besides, the impact of new visa restrictions on the IT industry is expected to come up for discussion during talks with the technology CEOs. “The discussions between the prime minister and nearly 20 top American CEOs in Washington would focus significantly on the employment front,” said an industry leader who will be among those present for these meetings. The government is expected to focus a lot of efforts on employment front going forward, while expectations are that 30-40% of the 12 million annual job creation can be addressed by retail sector alone.
New facilities to be set up by the American corporations are also expected to give a boost to the job creation. Modi is slated to visit the US from 25-26 June. American CEOs expected to meet Modi include Apple’s Tim Cook, Walmart’s Doug McMillon, Caterpillar’s Jim Umpleby, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. Among others are Mariott International chief Arne Sorenson, Johnson & Johnson’s Alex Gorsky, MasterCard’s Ajay Banga, Warburg Pincus’s Charles Kaye and Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein.
Modi will meet US President Donald Trump on 26 June for the first time. He will hold talks with Trump on a range of issues, including terrorism and India’s concerns over possible changes in H-1B visa rules. India has time and again raised the issue of H-1B with US authorities and asked them to liberalize the visa regime as Indian companies contribute significantly to the American economy. The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.
Apart from ways to enhance trade and business cooperation, Modi and Trump are expected to discuss defense ties. Regional security, including Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and other international issues, is expected to figure prominently during the meeting of the two leaders. Modi’s visit comes against the backdrop of Trump’s announcement to withdraw the US from the historic Paris climate accord signed by over 190 countries.
Trump had blamed India and China for the US withdrawal. “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries,” he had said. Strongly rejecting Trump’s contention, India had asserted it signed the Paris agreement not under duress or for the lure of money but due to its commitment to protect the environment.
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