Modi, Netanyahu inaugurates 'iCreate' centre in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated 'iCreate Center' in Ahmedabad's Deo Dholera Village.
Speaking at the iCreate event in Ahmedabad, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said,''I am delighted to be here. The world knows about iPads and iPods, there is one more i that the world needs to know about, that is iCreate. PM Narendra Modi and I are both very young and both very optimistic. We are young in our thinking and optimism about the future. Jai Bharat! Jai Israel! Thank you all."
"When I went to Israel last year, I made up my mind that this foundation should have more strong relations with Israel. From that time, I was waiting for my friend Benjamin Netanyahu to come to India. He is here and now we are inaugurating this foundation," said PM Narendra Modi.
"When a farmer sows a small plant, coming generations receives fruits of that huge tree. The farmer's soul feels elated with this. We are feeling the same happiness on the inauguration of iCreate," said Modi at the iCreate event.
"When a farmer sows a small plant, coming generations receives fruits of that huge tree. The farmer's soul feels elated with this. We are feeling the same happiness on the inauguration of iCreate," said PM.
"Israeli technology and creativity reaches the whole world. The people of Israel have proven to the whole world that the size of the country and the resolve of the countrymen, is what takes a country forward. Innovation plays a major role in bringing Indian and Israeli people closer," Modi further added.
"Never stop dreaming and never let the dreams die. It is good for children to have high curiosity quotient. Our youth has energy and enthusiasm, all that they want is a little bit of encouragement, network and institutional support," says PM Narendra Modi, quoting Albert Einstein.
"We are working to make the entire system innovation-friendly so that intent becomes ideas, ideas strengthens to become innovation and innovation strengthens New India. Every person, every youth has a desire to do some kind of innovation. The ideas of the younger generation cannot be let go of, we have an obligation to look at it," PM Narendra Modi.
I am happy that iCreate will help the youth of the country to fulfil their dreams, realize their innovative ideas. I am happy to know about the innovative products of iCreate. As Kalidas once said 'puraan mityev na saadhoo sarv, na chaapi kaavyam navamity-vadyam; santah pareekshyaanyatar bhajante moodhah par pratyayaney buddhih'. Just because something is old, it is not necessary that it will be good. Similarly, if something is new, it is not necessary that it will be good. We have to maintain the balance," says PM Narendra Modi.
"Today, it is necessary to innovate to get rid of the problems faced by our young country. How to improve the quality of life of an ordinary person at minimal expense, innovate for it. Today a huge campaign of Clean India is going on in the country. Can we do new innovations on sanitation? Waste to wealth, there are immense possibilities of innovation in this one topic," says PM Narendra Modi.
"During my visit to Israel last year, we established a fund of 40 million US dollars, which will be a joint venture of India and Israel. This will help the talents of both countries to do something new in the direction of technological innovation. This joint venture will focus on food, water, disease relief and the area of energy," says PM Narendra Modi.
"This cooperation between India and Israel, this sense of mutual development is very important for the bright future of both the countries. In the 21st century, these two countries will write a new chapter in the history of humanity," says PM Narendra Modi.
Earlier in the day, Modi and Netanyahu arrived to a traditional reception at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad after an 8-km roadshow from the airport.
Modi and Netanyahu visit 'Hridaykunj' at the Ashram and also try their hands on the 'Charkha'. The Prime Ministers also visit the exhibition at the Ashram.
Israel PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu leave a message at Sabarmati Ashram.
Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with PM Modi, fly kites along the Sabarmati riverfront.
Modi and Netanyahu are travelled to the Sabarmati Ashram in an open vehicle through the over 50 stages set up along the route jointly by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the Gujarat government.
The 14-km-long roadshow will be heavily guarded by security forces, including Israeli snipers. About 50,000 people are expected to be present at the roadshow. A one km-periphery will be turned into a fortress for almost half a day, with 12 teams from the 'Chetak commandos,' the Quick Response Teams, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and police guarding it
Special squads will be deployed at high-rise buildings along the route and also on speedboats on the Sabarmati river when both the dignitaries are in the ashram. Spectators participating in the roadshow will have to go through door-frame metal detectors at the 20 special entry gates erected for the purpose.
Jews in Gujarat had extended an invite to PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit their synagogue but since that could not be factored in, they have arrived in large numbers to greet him, his wife Sara and PM Modi in Ahmedabad.
Both the leaders will inaugurate the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad. They will also visit a Startup Exhibition and interact with innovators and Startup CEOs.
They will dedicate a mobile water desalination van to Suigam Taluka, of Banaskantha district, through a video link and address the gathering.
"The city of Ahmedabad will greet Mrs. and Mr. Netanyahu with a reception, as they proceed to Sabarmati Ashram from Ahmedabad Airport," PM Modi's office said in a statement ahead of the visit.
Tight security arrangements have been made in Ahmedabad for the visiting dignitaries and traffic will be blocked along the route of the roadshow between 7 am and noon, the Gujarat Police said.
PM Modi has called the Gujarat visit an opportunity "to see the fulfillment of the promise, which our mutual cooperation holds in diverse areas such as agriculture, technology, and innovation".