PM Addresses World Govt Summit in Dubai

Erika Holt
February 11, 2018

PM Modi also met Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

In his keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Modi rued that even after all the development, poverty and malnutrition have still not been eliminated. He said in E-governance, E stands for effective, efficient, easy, empower, and equity.

"We took decisions for long-term gains, not immediate results", he said, adding, "When we make a change in 70-year-old norms, it is obvious that there would be some issues". He is scheduled to head to the UAE and Oman on Sunday, as part of his regional tour.

"Technology has fundamentally altered the existence of man for the better, and has improved the quality of life, he said".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attended the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple to be built in Abu Dhabi, PTI reported.

"A temple is an agent of peace and harmony", Modi said, according to NDTV.

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He unveiled a replica of the Temple, whose Shila Poojan was being conducted at Abu Dhabi simultaneously.

The design, construction and management of the temple has been entrusted to BAPS, who said the temple will be an "architectural marvel", and "the temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE".

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Mr Modi also met his Kyrgyzstan counterpart Sapar Isakov in Dubai. On Saturday, Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan oversaw the signing of several agreements, including a $600 million deal awarded to a consortium of Indian companies for a 10 percent stake in a major Abu Dhabi offshore oil concession. Construction of the temple is expected by to completed by 2020 and will be open to people of all religious backgrounds. The temple compound will also have a food court.

Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes at the UAE war memorial Wahat Al Karama near Abu Dhabi.

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