Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Minister of Belgium Mr. Charles Michel on the sidelines of the High-Level Segment of the 74th Session of the UNGA in New York on September 25, 2019. PM Modi congratulated PM Charles Michel on his election as the President of the European Council.
Both leaders reviewed the excellent relations between India and Belgium and the follow-up decisions taken during the visit of His Majesty the King of Belgium to India in 2017. They discussed the intensification of strategic and security relations between India and the EU.
The two leaders also agreed to intensify their efforts on early conclusion of negotiations on the Bilateral Investment and Trade Agreement, connectivity, closer cooperation on counter-terrorism, multilateral institutions, and migration and mobility. The two leaders also agreed that the 15th India-EU Summit should be held at an early date.
It was another hectic day for PM Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, where he had multiple meetings with leaders from across the world as well as with business leaders from various sectors, industries and companies such as Mariott, Coca Cola, Shell, IBM, etc. The PM also met with the Caricom leaders in the first-ever India-CARICOM leaders' Meeting. CARICOM leaders represent 'The Caribbean Community and Common Market', which is a group of twenty developing countries in the Caribbean region.
PM Modi started his day by attending the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York. The event was lead by Michael Bloomberg and PM Modi delivered a keynote address, where he showed India's roadmap to achieve the target of making it a $5 trillion economy. He invited investors to India stating that there were multiple benefits in doing so and he also said that India lead with 'four Ds' - democracy, demography, demand and decisiveness. At the event, he also highlighted that the Bloomberg National Brand Tracker 2018 survey recently ranked India as the top-performing Asian economy in attracting global investment. In 7 out of 10 indicators of this report i.e. political stability, currency stability, high-quality products, anti-corruption, low cost of production, strategic location and respect for IPRs, India has been ranked at the top position.