New Delhi: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) concluded its third Annual Meeting in Mumbai last day , on a high note to improve connectivity within the region and in turn enable citizens in the region to reach their potential and enjoy prosperity and security.
Participating in a panel discussion during the day, Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, pointed out that “Make in India is about laying emphasis on manufacturing in India, not protectionism. India believes in globalization and has opened its economy in every single sector that you can name. As a result, India has stood numero uno in terms of attracting foreign direct investment in the past three years.”
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the need to deepen India’s engagement with AIIB. In his speech, Prime Minister called upon Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to increase its lending to US$40 billion by 2020 and US$100 billion by 2025 from US$4 billion now.
Quantifying the infrastructure needs of Asian region,Mr JinLiqun, President, AIIB. said, “Between now and 2030, Asia’s investment in infrastructure must rise to US$2 trillion a year, or roughly triple of what it has been in the past.”
The Third Annual Meeting of AIIB was attended by over 3,000 delegates from 86 member countries. The Meeting also had several concurrent sessions that discussed critical issues pertaining to environment, low carbon emissions, connectivity through railway network across borders among several others.