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'Reliance is a Gujarati company, an Indian, global co'

January 11, 2013 18:03 IST
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani in his address at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit hailed Gujarat chief minister as as a leader with "grand vision."

This is Mukesh Ambani's speech at the summit.

I am delighted to be here at the 6th Vibrant Gujarat – Global Investor Summit 2013.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Shri Narendrabhai and his Government for building on the momentum gained over the previous five events.

Every year, the summit is getting stronger, larger and more vibrant.

Gujarat is blessed to have a talented and committed team of administrators who are passionate about sustaining our State's pre-eminent position.

Many of the State's dedicated administrators are with us here at this event.

I compliment them for Gujarat's growing exemplary achievements.

In Shri Narendrabhai, we have a leader with a grand vision and the determination to translate his vision into reality.

My sincere congratulations to Honorable CM Shri Narendrabhai  for this.

Dear Friends,

I have been present every single Vibrant Gujarat Summit since its inception – a 100 % attendance.

This signifies Reliance's commitment to the state of Gujarat.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Reliance is a Gujarati company.

It is an Indian company

And it is a global company.

That is now it was conceived by my father, Shri Dhirubhai Ambani.

Gujarat has always been one of the pre-eminent regions of India.

It is a land that has transformed opportunities and challenges into a powerful entrepreneurial vision.

Gujarat has been a pioneer state.

Whether it is in the field of cooperative movement or in taking initiative of privatizing infrastructure facilities like ports and so on.

It gives Gujarat an innate advantage as an investment destination.

This is not an isolated event but a sustained process evident even today.

The remarkable maturity shown by the people of Gujarat in terms of its tryst with industry is also a model for other Indian states.

Reliance is company that found roots in Gujarat at Naroda.

Reliance is a company that found signification growth in Gujarat, at Hazira and Jamnagar.

Reliance is a company that found faith in over three million shareholders, a majority of them from Gujarat.

Above all, Reliance is a company that very much reflects the ethos of Gujarat – of effort, enterprise and endearment.

Friends,

We began from Gujarat.

We learnt from here.

And we come back here again and again.

To invest.

To create world-class assets.

To contribute to Gujarat's industrial and social development.

Over the next four years we will be investing over Rs 100,000 crore in Gujarat.

In expanding our manufacturing facilities in Jamnagar, Hazira and Dahej.

This will provide significant employment and also strengthen the export competitiveness of Gujarat and India.

We will also be creating next-gen mobile broadband infrastructure that will be second to none in the world.

This infrastructure will provide unprecedented opportunity to lakhs of youth and thousands of entrepreneurs all over Gujarat.

This will provide significant opportunities for innovation, skill-building, education and healthcare.

Dear Friends,

I am fortunate that Hon'ble CM has given me an opportunity.

I would like to reiterate our commitment towards Shri Narendrabhai's vision to build a world class institution in Gujarat through my association with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University since its inception.

I am proud to inform that Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University has invested over Rs. 100 crore in expanding academic and research facilities since the last Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2011.

I am pleased to announce that Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University will be developed as a Global University with a focus on research and internationalization over the next five years.

This will require investments of Rs. 500 crore.

This will be done with a significant partnership between Reliance and the Government of Gujarat.

Reliance will work closely with the Government of Gujarat for ensuring financial sustainability and academic autonomy.

Our collective endeavor is to provide a world class educational ecosystem that can produce world class graduates, scientists, academicians and potential Nobel Laureates.

I am sure in coming years Pandit Deendayal University will make its name in India & World of a new height.

Friends,

To my mind, Vibrant Gujarat is not just an event to celebrate the spirit of business.

It is a declaration of Gujarat's determination to move ahead.

It is an affirmation that India is marching forward with a clear vision – to emerge as a major global power.

And Gujarat can make an important contribution in making this possible.

For this all of us need to work in a spirit of partnership.

This is the spirit behind Vibrant Gujarat.

With these words, Ladies and Gentlemen, I offer you my very warm greetings on the occasion of Sankranthi.

Let this Sankranthi provide additional energy for our march into a brighter future.

Thank you.