Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today had a meeting with Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during the latterís three-day visit to India. The two had last met in September in New York, on the sidelines of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.†
Mr. Bill Gates reinforced his Foundationís commitment to supporting the Government of India, in its efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a particular focus on health, nutrition, sanitation and agriculture.
Mr. Gates commended the Prime Minister on prioritizing nutrition as a key focus area, and the efforts being made under the National Nutrition Mission.
He also presented new ideas that can help enhance agricultural productivity and systems performance, with a particular focus on improving access, to enable the upliftment of the poor and the marginalized.††
The Prime Minister appreciated the Foundationís efforts and highlighted how the government values the expertise and responsiveness demonstrated by the Foundation. He suggested that data and evidence-based thoughtful interventions and support by development partners could help accelerate the work in the sectors of health, nutrition, agriculture and green energy.††††
Mr. Bill Gates was joined by the key members of his India leadership team. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met Mr. Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia today. The Prime Minister conveyed his condolences on the loss of life and property in the recent bushfires along the eastern coast of Australia.
The Prime Minister expressed happiness at the visit of Mr. Tony Abbott to India, including to the Golden Temple on the 550th year of Guru Nanak Dev Jiís Prakash Parv.
The Prime Minister fondly recalled his visit to Australia in November 2014 for G-20 Summit in Brisbane, productive bilateral engagements in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and his address to the Joint Session of the Australian Parliament.
The Prime Minister also warmly acknowledged the role of Mr. Tony Abbott in strengthening India-Australia relations.
On agriculture, the Prime Minister advocated for a focus on development of agrarian economy by following a cluster approach that offered nuanced solutions. He requested that Governors could help to ensure adoption of international best practices through introduction of viable Demonstration projects where agriculture universities played a lead role.
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