Johannesburg (HS). Addressing the BRICS Business Forum Leaders’ Dialogue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India will soon become a five trillion dollar economy. Modi said that India will become the engine of growth for the world in the years to come. The mission-mode reforms being undertaken by the government under his leadership have improved the ease of doing business in India. Modi said that India has the third largest startup ecosystem in the world and there are more than 100 unicorns in the country.
Earlier, on his arrival in South Africa to attend the 15th BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Modi was received by Vice President Paul Shipokosa Mashatile at the airport. The Prime Minister was then welcomed with a traditional South African dance. A large number of Indian community members, including activists of the Pretoria Hindu Seva Samaj and BAPS Swaminarayan Sangathan, were also present at the airport to receive the Prime Minister.
People of the Indian community welcomed PM Modi with slogans of Vande Mataram. After which the Prime Minister reached the Sandton Sun Hotel, the venue of the 15th BRICS Summit. Where the Indian community welcomed him by playing drums. They were carrying the tricolor in their hands and were raising slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai.
During this, two women from the Indian community also tied rakhi on the Prime Minister’s wrist. Including Aarti Nanakchand Sanand, president of Arya Samaj South Africa. The Prime Minister later posted on Twitter that he thanked the Indian community in South Africa for the special welcome he received in Johannesburg.
The Prime Minister also saw the 3D model of the huge Swaminarayan Temple being built in Johannesburg. The temple is under construction since 2017 and is expected to be completed next year. There will also be a 3,000-seat auditorium, a 2,000-seat banquet hall, research institute, classrooms and clinics in the temple complex. It will be like the temple built in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the Prime Minister’s third visit to South Africa, which is taking place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.