Take Aways from Narendra Modi's Switzerland Visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Switzerland yesterday where he tried to get the support of the European Nation for various issues.

Prime Minister and Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann extended each other lot of support for various causes of the national interest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Switzerland’s President Johann Schneider-Ammann before a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

This visit of PM Modi is seen as path breaking one that would help India attain its strategic goals and increase standard of living of its people.

1. Switzerland supports India's NSG Membership

India won over the support of Switzerland while seeking membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. (NSG). Switzerland's support gives a huge boost to India.

Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann said for India that, "Switzerland welcomes India's contributions to non-proliferation of nuclear arms. We promised India support in its efforts to become a member of the NSG."

2. Membership of UN Security Council

India and Switzerland agreed to provide mutual support for becoming non-permanent members of the United States Security Council. Both the countries also shared a commitment to reform international institutions in line with current global realities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that, "We have both agreed to support each other for our respective bids for the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council."

3. Black money

There were many who said that PM should not have visited Switzerland and if at all he did he should not talk about the black money. Well, PM did visit Switzerland and also talked about black money during the bilateral talks. Well he did get support from Switzerland for tackling the issue of black money.

Prime Minister said about black money that, "Combating the menace of 'black money' and tax evasion is also our shared priority." PM further added on the issue that, "We discussed the need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders. An early start to negotiations on the Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Information would be important in this respect."

4. Support for Skill India

Swiss President agreed to build Swiss style vocational and educational training centres in India that suit India's requirements.

Swiss President also agreed to share clean technology and work on energy security and sustainable development.

5. Support for Make in India

Prime Minister wooed Swiss businessmen by telling them that India is not just a market of 1.25 billion but it is a country that has skilled people and a government that wants to ease doing business in India.

He further said that he wants that India should have global manufacturing standards and thus will the help of Swiss in skill development he wants to boost Make in India. Mr. Modi was addressing a gathering that had heads of ABB, Lafarge, Novartis and Nestle.

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