India is working to achieve over 8 per cent growth in the coming years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Johannesburg on Friday, while attributing the rise of the country to HOPE -- Harmony, Optimism, Potential and Energy. He told the Indian diaspora here that India is "one of the brightestspot in the global economy" and a "land of opportunities" for those who want to invest and have trade. Modi said his government is working in a campaign mode to create 500 million new jobs by 2022 besides transforming rural and urban areas of the country through infrastructure development.
"While the world is marked by slowdown, India has registered a growth of 7.6 per cent this year and we are working to grow even at 8 per cent in the years ahead," he said addressing an estimated gathering of 11,000 members of the Indian diaspora. Modi, wearing a 'Madiba' shirt identified with anti- apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, said India's dynamism is not about mere words but it is driven by concrete action. "It (dynamism) is defined by our commitment to change the face of the Indian economy. Not just through sustained rapid economic growth but through multiple transformations that aim to uplift," the prime minister said."India's rise can be defined as HOPE -- Harmony, Optimism, Potential and Energy....India's rise is a story of rare resilience, renewed resurgence, superb speed and spectacular scale," he said in his 40-minute address.He said his government wants enterprises to flourish, businesses to grow and the country to rise. "For this, we are already shaping a policy framework that strengthens India's ability to build trade, manufacturing, innovation and investment partnerships with other countries in the world," he added.Modi said his intent was to ensure that the 800 million youth of India should fulfill the dreams, not only of India but the global demand.
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