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Dear Readers & Aspirants, We collected some Modi Foreign Visits 2014 – 2015 and make it in points format. We Hope it will definitely help you for your upcoming Exams. All the Best My Dear Aspirants & Readers.

United Arab Emirates(UAE)

Date : August 16-17, 2015

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited the United Arab Emirates after 34 years marks the beginning of a new and comprehensive strategic partnership between India and UAE in a world of multiple transitions and changing opportunities and challenges.

UAE

  • India and UAE, these two countries have the potential to build a transformative economic partnership, not only for sustained prosperity of their two countries, but to also advance progress in the region and help realize the vision of an Asian Century.
  • India and UAE share centuries-old ties of commerce, culture and kinship.
  • The two nations reject extremism and any link between religion and terrorism.
  • Proximity, history, cultural affinity, strong links between people, natural synergies, shared aspirations and common challenges create boundless potential for a natural strategic partnership between India and UAE.

Abu Dhabi, His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to seize this historic moment of opportunity and shared responsibility to chart a new course in their partnership for the 21st century which includes

  • Coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism or pursuing political aims
  • Denounce and oppose terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
  • Work together for the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
  • Work together to control, regulate and share information on flow of funds.
  • Strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, other trans-national crimes, extradition arrangements, as well as police training.
  • Promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention on use of cyber for terrorism, radicalization and disturbing social harmony.
  • Establish a dialogue between their National Security Advisors and National Security Councils.
  • Cooperate to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean region, which is vital for the security and prosperity of both countries.
  • Promote collaboration and inter-operability for humanitarian assistance and evacuation in natural disasters and conflict situations.
  • Strengthen defence relations.
  • Cooperate in manufacture of defence equipment in India.
  • Work together to promote peace, reconciliation, stability, inclusiveness and cooperation in the wider South Asia, Gulf and West Asia region.
  • Support efforts for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
  • Call on all nations to fully respect and sincerely implement their commitments to resolve disputes bilaterally and peacefully.
  • Establish a Strategic Security Dialogue between the two governments.
  • Facilitate participation of Indian companies in infrastructure development in UAE.
  • Promote strategic partnership in the energy sector, including through UAE’s participation in India.
  • Further promote trade between the two countries.
  • Tap India’s expertise in Small and Medium Enterprises to create a vibrant industrial base in UAE, which could also be of benefit to Indian enterprises.
  • Strengthen cooperation between UAE’s increasingly sophisticated educational institutions and India’s universities and higher research institutions
  • Promote cooperation in Space, including in joint development and launch of satellites. UAE’s plan to set up the West Asia’s first Space Research Centre at AI Ain and plans to launch a Mars Mission in 2021.
  • Cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear energy including in areas like safety, health, agriculture and science and technology.
  • Prime Minister thanked UAE for its support for India’s candidature for permanent membership of a reformed United Nations Security Council.
  • The finalization of the post-2015 Development Agenda with elimination of poverty by 2030 as its core objective was a welcome development.
  • The International Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 should produce an effective agreement, which includes provision of means and technologies to developing countries to transition to clean energy.

Key points :

  • UAE Capital : Abu Dhabi
  • UAE Currency : Dirham
  • UAE PM : Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Ireland

Date : September 23rd , 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland for his maiden day-long visit to Ireland’s capital city Dublin for strengthening ties and deepening cooperation.
The first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in almost 59 years.

  • The last Indian prime minister to visit Ireland was Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956.

Highlights of Visit :

  • Ireland support for India’s membership of UN Security council and international export control regimes including NSG (Nuclear supplier group) during wide ranging talks which also covered global challenges like terror and radicalisation.
  • PM visits not only promote business links between two countries, but also give a strong boost to tourism ties that are already growing at 14%per year.
  • Science and technology and education are two other areas where India and Ireland have a good history of cooperation like Ireland’s Science Centre in Karnataka is one example of that cooperation. Irish experts gave India institutions like the Geological Survey of India and the first Linguistic Survey of India.
  • Announcement of direct flight between the two countries which will help the students as well the professionals who come from India to Ireland.
  • PM Modi presented reproductions of selected manuscripts from National Archives of India to Irish PM.
  • Irish PM presents a Irish cricket team jerseyto PM Narendra Modi and Hurling (Irish national sport) bat (hurly) and a ball (sliotar)

Facts About India Ireland Relationship

  • Ireland is home to around 26,000 persons of Indian origin, of which around 17,000 are Indian citizens.
  • The Directive Principles of State Policy in the Indian Constitution are inspired by the Irish Constitution
  • Relations between India and Ireland date back to independence and in 2013, the total trade in goods and services were pegged at €2.48 billion.
  • The key items of Irish export include computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, food and machinery.
  • Indian exports to Ireland cover textiles, garments and clothing accessories, pharmaceuticals, light engineering goods and chemicals.

Key points :

  • Irish Prime Minister: Enda Kenny
  • Irish President: Michael D. Higgins
  • Ireland Currency: Euro
  • India Ambassador to Ireland :Mrs Radhika Lal Lokesh

United States of America(USA)

Date : September 24-30, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a five-day visit to the United States of America (USA)

SEPTEMBER 24TH – MEETING WITH CEOs OF FORTUNE 500
On the first day of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with 47 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies for attracting capital and investments in India. He sketched out his vision for “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India” in meeting.

Theme – “Media, Technology and Communications – Growth Story for India”.

  • CEOs expressed their eager interest in the Indian start-up sector and showed willingness to invest in entrepreneurial ventures and innovative start-ups which will provide bull high future prospectus in Indian economy.

SEPTEMBER 25TH – NaMo ADDRESSED UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT
The United Nations sustainable development summit on was held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York which was hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon where Modi addressed the 70th session of UN General Assembly.

UN

  • New framework – “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets were announced in the summit as an ambition of the new post – 2015 universal agenda to end poverty, hunger, assure gender equality and build a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years.

SEPTEMBER 26TH – INDIA HOST G-4 SUMMIT
PM Modi hosted a G-4 Summit with leaders of G-4 nations Brazil, Germany and Japan in New York. This summit aims at the permanent member seats on the United Nations Security Council. After 2004 it was hosted by India.

SEPTEMBER 26TH -27TH – VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY & SAN JOSE
NaMo visited tech capital of Silicon Valley for the expansion of “Digital India” initiative. There he met Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s founder Mark Zukerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and leaders of other tech companies. Here are the commitments done by the tech giants:

  • Google to provide India a set up base for free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations
  • Google will introduce 11 new languages in Android next month, including Gujarati.
  • Microsoft to provide low-cost broadband technology to five lakh villages across India in collaboration with the Indian government.
  • Qualcomm to invest $150 Million in India to create a venture investment fund that would probably help start-ups in the country.
  • Qualcomm also announced to set up a “design houses” for product innovation in India.
  • Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India.

On 27th September 2015 “Startup Konnect” was held by Nasscom in partnership with TiE Silicon Valley and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India that showcased the strengths of India’s startup ecosystem in San Jose.

There he addressed a meeting of some 18,000 Indian Americans in at the SAP Centre and seven MoU was signed between Indian and US entities:

  • MoU between Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences – To develop Indo-US Life Science Sister Innovation Hub so as to enhance science-based entrepreneurship, research, academia and businesses
  • MOU between Department of Biotechnology and Prakash Laband Stanford University on Foldscope – Economical science innovation emerged from a lab of an Indian with majority of Indians working in this laboratory.
  • MOU between National Association of Software and Service Companies(NASSCOM) and the Indus Entrepreneurs – To support the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to foster technology entrepreneurship in India and Silicon Valley in mutual understanding
  • MOU between IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship(CIIE) and Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Haas Business School of the University of California – To collaborate on mutual incubation, and support each other activities of mutual interest.
  • MOU between CIIE and Los Angeles Clean tech Incubator – To extend NGIN Membership benefits to CIIE.
  • MOU between CIIE and Google – To support technology and impact entrepreneurs through strategic support.
  • MOU between CIIE and Tata Trust – Founding partner for the Bharat Fund, which will provide seed funding to Indian entrepreneurs.

There is also a launch of initiative programme i.e. CIIE /LACI NGIN Landing Pad Programme which will enables entrepreneurs and innovators to gain access to the California and Indian markets. It will assist startup Cleantech companies with market expansion through partnerships and funding opportunities in California and India.

SEPTEMBER 28TH – NaMo MEETS BARACK OBAMA
US President and Indian PM held talks to tighten strategic in fields of climate change, security, counter-terrorism, defence and economy. Barack Obama publicly supported India for being a permanent member at UN Security Council. It was a third meet of two in a year.
Other participants
British Prime Minister – David Cameron
French President – Francois Hollande

  • France, UK and US are permanent members of United Nations Security Council
  • Council $2.5-billion helicopter deal of Chinook and Apachewas signed During US peacekeeping Summit hosted by President Obama in New York.
  • Modi announced the deployment of an additional battalion, additional police units, provision of critical enablers, deployment of technical personnel, new training course, and additional training teams during summit.

Key points :

  • USA Capital : Washington, D.C.
  • USA Currency : US Dollar
  • US President : Barack Obama

United Kingdom(UK)

Date : November 12-14, 2015-12-02

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Singh Modi was on three days visit to UK from 12 Nov to 14 Nov. During the trip, Modi met UK PM David Cameron, lunched with the British Queen at Buckingham Palace and polished India’s attraction internationally.

Here is the overview of visit:

India, UK PMs attend CEO Forum
The first meeting of the reconstituted India-UK CEOs at 11 Downing Street was attended by PM Shri Narendra Modi and the British PM Mr. David Cameron.

  • Forum was headed by Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry.
  • Key issues discussed– Taxation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and intellectual property rights.

NaMo inaugurated Ambedkar memorial & unveiled Basaveshwara statue

NaMo inaugurated Ambedkar memorial & unveiled Basaveshwara statue

NaMo has unveiled a statue of 12th-century philosopher-statesman Basaveshwara on the south bank of the Thames and with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated B R Ambedkar memorial in London and was announced that every year two Dalit students from India would study in any university based in London or Europe and arrangements would be made for their stay in the building.

  • The house in north London was recently purchased by Maharashtra Govt for £3.2 million.
  • The 2050 sq. ft.property on King Henry’s Road in London is a 3 storeyed structure where father of the Indian constitution lived while pursuing his studies (DSC) in London School of Economics in year 1921-22.
  • Ambedkar died in 1956 aged 65 was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna in 1990.

27 deals worth 9.2 billion pounds ($14 billion) have been signed between India and UK during the NaMo’s three days visit to British country. Here is the list of key accords:

  • Electricity generation in Tamil Nadu – Britain’s OPG Power Ventures to add 4,200 MW capacities by investing $4.4-billion in Tamil Nadu
  • King’s College Hospital in Chandigarh  – Pact has been signed b/w King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Indo UK Health care
  • Madame Tussauds in Delhi – Merlin Entertainments plc has announced its wax attraction scheduled in early 2017 with £50 million investments in 10 years.
  • Support “Digital India” and “Make in India” campaigns – Vodafone to invest £1.3 billion (Rs 13,000 crore) to supports the GOIs campaign.
  • UK’s insurance industry accords with JVs in India to ↑ FDIs – Standard Life, Bupa and  Aviva have committed to invest a combine total of £238 million of FDI in their Indian JVs.
  • Online business to business marketplace – Contract has been signed b/w E-commerce cloud platform provider “cloudBuy”and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • Holland & Barrett outlets in India – Holland & Barrett International has partnered with Apollo Hospitals in a deal worth £20 million. The first store will open in New Delhi in January 2016.
  • “Disruptive” IT technology to ambulances Advatech Health Care will invest £5 million in the UK n will introduce the same.
  • Collaborations on bond and equity issuance – MoU has been signed b/w London Stock Exchange Group and Yes Bank with a focus on Green Infrastructure Finance.
  • Rupee denominated bonds – HDFC will issue rupee denominated bonds overseas up to $750 million under the RBI guidelines and will list the initial issue of bonds for trading on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Sterling bonds – Bharti Airte lintends issuing its maiden sterling bond of up to £500 million to be listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • FTSE-SBI India Bonds Indices” – State Bank of Indiaand London Stock Exchange will collaborate to create the same.
  • World’s first India fixed income ETF – Zyfin and Sun Global will be listing the world’s first India fixed income ETF on LSE.
  • SBI UK new branches – SBI UK will open two branches in Hounslow and Ilford and expand of its Manchester and Leicester branches.
  • Wipro Digital – Wipro has increased its investment in the UK with the opening of its newest office for Wipro Digital.
  • TCS will train British graduates – TCS in collaboration with British Council will provide opportunities for 1,000 graduate interns from British universities to train and work in India over next years.
  • “Skills for Life” initiative in India – HSBC has announced the launch above initiative in India, a programme to skill 75,000 disadvantaged young people and women over 5 years.
  • Dairy genetics & state-of-the-art facility in Pune – Genus ABSwill provide dairy genetics constructing a state-of-the-art facility by investing £1 mn.
  • 3 GW of solar power infrastructure – Solar PV generator Light source will have announced a £2 billion investment in India to design, install and manage solar power infrastructure over next 5 years.
  • Investment in South India to promote “Make in India” – Kloudpad Mobility Research Ltd will invest £100 million for generation of smart watches, wearables and tablets, creating 2,500 skilled jobs in India.

Thames-Ganga partnership
UK and India has also joined hands to support India’s ambitious urban development goals in Indore, Pune and Amaravati and also launched a new Thames-Ganga partnership for healthy river systems.

Key points :

  • UK Capital – London
  • UK Currency – Pound sterling
  • UK PM : David Cameron

Turkey

Date : November 15-16, 2015
The 2015 G-20 Antalya summit held on 15-16 November 2015 was the 10th annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government.

Venue – Antalya, Turkey

  • Turkey took the presidency of the G-20 from Australia on 1 December 2014 and now China will preside over the organization in 2016 at Hangzhou.
  • French President Franco is Hollande did not attend the event due to the November 2015 Paris attacks and sent Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as his representative.

Three pillars of the 2015 agenda were:
(i) Strengthening the Global Recovery and Lifting the Potential
(ii) Enhancing Resilience
(iii) Buttressing Sustainability

Key discussions : 
Modi was lead speaker at its inaugural session on Climate Change and Development. Summit was concluded with practical outcomes on priority areas such as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.

  • The annual Group of 20 summit focuses on economic issues and crucial discussions over Paris attacks by formulating plans to defeat ISIS and continue to accommodate the refugees flooding out of Syria.
  • 10-point proposal on tackling global terrorism with stress on delinking terror and religion while isolating sponsors and supporters of terrorism.
  • Escalating international movement of “foreign terrorist fighters”

Key points :

  • Turkey Capital : Ankara
  • Turkey Currency : Turkish lira
  • Turkey PM : Ahmet Davutoğlu

Malaysia

Date : November 21–22, 2015

PM Modi was on two days visit to Malaysia for building trade ties and attracting investments to India and to attend the ASEAN-India Summit and 10th East Asia Summit. He also held talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

  • Indian Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur would be named after veteran freedom fighter and commander of the Indian National Army Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

PM Modi and Najib Razak signing a plaque

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian Counterpart Najib Razak signing a plaque during the inaugural ceremony of Torana Gate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PM Narendra Modi unveils Swami Vivekananda’s statue in Malaysia

Narendra Modi today unveiled a 12-ft bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda in Malaysia.

  • Swami Vivekananda who first gave the concept of “One Asia”that ASEAN and the East Asia Summits are talking about.

India & Malaysia signed 3 MoUs

  • Cultural Exchange Programme agreement for 2015-2020
  • Cooperation in Project Delivery and Monitoring
  • Cooperation on Cyber Security

MoU was signed between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and Cyber Security Malaysia.

Key highlight of PM Modi’s joint statement with PM Najib Razak in Malaysia

  • MoU was signed on Performance Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU)to ensure excellent cooperation in Public Administration and Governance.
  • Announced the inauguration of Torana Gate at the entrance of Little India in Bricksfield, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Agreed to upgrade our joint exercises and set up the SU-30 Forum.
  • Emphasised on co-operation and enhanced Malaysian participation in projects like Make in India and Smart city initiatives.
  • Defence cooperation including for advancing maritime security and strengthening disaster response.

Financial Aid to Malaysian Indian students

During 13th ASEAN-India Summit and 10th East Asia Summit, Indian NaMo announced a financial assistance of $1 million to India-Students Trust Fund for the benefit of Malaysian Indian students.

13th India – ASEAN Summit highlights

India and the leaders of the 10 member grouping will review the new Plan of Action (2016-2020) to further enhance ASEAN-India cooperation.

  • Theme – “Our People, Our Community, Our Vision”

13th asean india summit

Hot topics – Terrorism, trade and South China Sea dispute

  • ASEAN to remain India’s largest partner – After a temporary decline, our trade increased to about US$76.5 billion in 2014-2015 and so has investments in both directions.
  • Full cooperation to ASEAN investors – Prime Minister promised ASEAN investors full cooperation in terms of facilitating their business operations in the republic and protecting innovators’ intellectual property (IP) rights.
  • Need to end territorial disputes – In accordance with accepted principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the law of the Sea, territorial disputes must be settled through peaceful means.
  • India’s turn to mark in the resurgence of Asia – Govt actions in the last 18 months have reduced inflation while leading to higher GDP growth and foreign investment. To provide a transparent and predictable tax regime as well as protection to Intellectual Property Rights.

10th East Asia Summit (EAS) – The 10th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Theme – Our People, Our Community, Our Vision

The participant leaders reaffirmed their commitment to

  • The 2005 Kuala Lumpur Declarationon the Establishment of the EAS
  • The 2010 Ha Noi Declarationon the Commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of the EAS
  • The 2011 Declaration of the EAS on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations.

Key points :

  • Malaysia Capital : Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia Currency : Ringgit
  • Malaysia  PM: Najib Razak

Singapore

Date : November 23-25, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Singapore from Nov 23-25 on for his maiden official visit during which the two countries signed 10 agreements to elevate their relations to strategic partnership.

  • The visit marks 50 years of formal ties between Singapore and India. India was the second nation to recognise Singapore after its independence in 1965.
  • Mr Modi made his first trip to Singapore in 2006 while he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

India-Singapore Relationships

  • Bilateral ties– The highlight was the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership, which elevates the ties between the two countries. It will broaden and deepen ties across various sectors including defence relations, economic and cultural cooperation, skills development and capacity building.
  • Economic ties– India offers opportunities to Singapore in economic. The strategic location of Singapore, a financial, aviation and maritime hub, with flow of investments, a large Indian Diaspora, and expertise in urban development, makes it a valued partner.

Other Highlights

Mr Modi attended the State Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee in March, and he ordered flags in India to be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to Mr Lee.

  • Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching hosted Mr Modi to a vegetarian meal at Komala Vilas.
  • Mr Modi received a rousing welcome from about 18,000 people, mainly Indian expatriat esat the Singapore Expo organised by Singapore NRI Forum.
  • Mr Modi also took a moment to take a photo with construction workers at the Indian National Army memorialat Esplanade Park and posted the snap on Facebook.

Key points :

  • Singapore currency: Singapore dollar
  • Singapore President: Tony Tan

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