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Narendra Modi has his eyes set on boosting enterprise: Joao Cravinho, EU Ambassador

Whereas the world’s democratic superpower was sustaining armslength from Narendra Modi (then Gujarat Chief Minister in 2012-13), Europe led by an European Union delegation in India was quietly participating with the BJP chief practically two years earlier than the Lok Sabha elections. In truth, Ambassador Joao Cravinho, head of the EU delegation, led Ambassadors of varied European international locations to a quiet lunch with Modi on the capital final 12 months. And within the runup to the polls, he even travelled throughout India to get a way of the possible consequence and interacted with all gamers reducing throughout the political spectrum, one thing international envoys seldom do. In an interview with ET, Ambassador Cravinho described India’s new Prime Minister as a person with readability of thought who has a transparent imaginative and prescient for India and governance. The Ambassador feels that EU member states have the potential to drive Modi’s financial diplomacy and assist enhance India’s financial well being.

How do you view this victory of Narendra Modi and the BJP? And the way will it affect the Indian economic system?

We would like India to do effectively. This election has ensured that there’s political stability for the following 5 years. A decisive management would imply more durable selections, and no good governance is feasible with out robust selections. The BJP-led NDA has a transparent mandate to take daring and progressive selections. Worldwide politics isn’t about zero-sum sport and whereas India would economically interact different powers, EU has the potential to drive development in India. EU is already the only largest buying and selling associate as a bloc, and is the only largest supply of FDI for India as a bloc. We’re prepared to fulfill India’s wants within the fields of know-how and funds.


You’ve gotten interacted with Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister. How do you charge him as a pacesetter of recent India?

As a former Secretary of State for Overseas Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal, I had interacted with numerous leaders worldwide and I can say that Mr Modi is among the many finest. He has readability of thought and clear imaginative and prescient of governance and that’s what India requires. He additionally has a really clear understanding of the challenges earlier than the nation. He is an efficient listener in addition to a superb talker and may interact in enriching discussions. No Prime Minister wish to have communal strife on his report, and I’m sure that he wouldn’t enable any communal tensions in India. His precedence is to spice up the economic system and he has his eyes set on that.

The place do India-EU relations go from right here? What are the precedence areas for India-EU and what’s the way forward for Free Commerce Settlement that’s being negotiated for a few years now?

Negotiators from India and European Union are on the job to conclude the FTA. The proposed settlement will result in higher openness. Prior to now, EU held discussions with the BJP on the FTA. We take Mr Modi’s speech on financial points on February 27 as a constructive. I’ve little question that the FTA will profit India. We hope that there can be progress in FTA earlier than the following India-EU Summit at Brussels.

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