A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi met a delegation of senior US Congressmen and business leaders, Modi on Friday held a Skype video conversation with senior US politician Newt Gingrich. The two leaders discussed Gujarat’s economic success.
Comparing the states of Gujarat and USA’s respective economies currently, Gingrich said, “If we had had Gujarat’s growth rates over the last 10 years, we would have been a lot healthier country than we are right now. What you have achieved in Gujarat is a remarkable achievement in improving the quality of life of your own people.”
Admitting that there was a lot US can learn from the example of Gujarat and from the leadership of Narendra Modi, Gingrich said, “We are going to be very good ambassadors in the US of the great things that you have been doing in Gujarat.”
In the course of the video conversation, Gingrich acquainted himself with the various success stories of Gujarat in agricultural productivity, water management, employment through skill development and the Government’s fiscal discipline. He said that not just the people of Gujarat but those from other parts of India looked up to Modi with hope.
“I hope someday to come visit you… possibly when you are Prime Minister,” Gingrich said to Modi.
Gingrich said that he looked forward to Modi’s visit to America following the fruitful meeting.
Modi described Gingrich as a true friend and guide of Gujarat in America. He invited Gingrich along with other American Republican Party to participate in the next biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit-2015.
What else did Gingrich say to Modi
» Speaker Gingrich: “What you have achieved in Gujarat is a remarkable achievement in improving the quality of life of your own people”
» Speaker Gingrich: “At a time when all around the world there are economic challenges you have a model of success rather than failure”
» Speaker Gingrich: “There is a lot we (US) need to learn from Gujarat and your leadership as CM”
» Speaker Gingrich: “I am confident we have a great deal we can learn from you”
» Speaker Gingrich: “I join my friends from the House (of Representatives) in hoping that you (CM Modi) will visit the US soon”
» Speaker Gingrich: “We would love to come over and have a deeper and more complete understanding of all that you are achieving”