Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits have always been enthusiastically followed by the Indian media, right from his first trip to Bhutan last year. The trend continual on similarly once PM Modi undertook a three-nation tour as a part of his tries to woo foreign investors and CEOs to start out business in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-nation tour to France, Germany and Canada from 9 April to 17 April 2015 was intended to deepen bilateral strategic partnership, augment investment flows into our economy and enhance bilateral scientific and technological cooperation. The significance of the visit can be well understood by analyzing the initiatives of the Prime Minister in the Strategic and Political and Economic spheres coupled with the domestic economic situation. His trips are a heady mix of everything that includes cultural programs, visits to war memorials and detailed bilateral talks. While his public functions are broadcasted across television channels and plastered across newspaper front pages.
PM’s summit level talks with the heads of the three government’s viz., French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen harpist resulted in language numerous memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) and Agreements associated with Defense, Energy, Infrastructure, Space, talent Development, etc.
India’s relations with France assume importance owing to France’s endorsement for India’s permanent membership in the UNSC. By virtue of being one of the permanent five members of the UNSC, France’s cooperation is of vital importance for India’s entry into the Global elite league. Signing of an agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition is aimed toward deepening the strategic partnership and to meet immediate domestic defense needs.
India’s relations with Germany assume importance because of its leadership role in the European politics and its sphere of influence in the leading global forums like G8 and G20. India along with Brazil, Germany and Japan have formed the G4 grouping to press for speedy United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms and their inclusion in the powerful organ of the world body. The joint statement issued by the two leaders during the visit is a reflection of growing cooperation between the two countries.
India’s emphasis on augmenting relations with energy-rich Canada is evident from the fact that Modi’s visit is the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 42 years. The signing of a business deal with Cameco Corporation to operationalise the India-Canada Nuclear Cooperation Agreement of 2013 is aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation and overcome the energy deficit.
In essence, Modi’s visit to three developed nations centered on articulating the improved simple doing business conditions within the country and to draw in necessary capital and technological resources to make sure quicker and property economic development of the country.