Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls Narendra Modi; Discusses Manufacturing And Retailing


Apple CEO, Tim Cook calls on the prime minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi on May 21, 2016

Apple CEO, Tim Cook called on the prime minister, Narendra Modi today and spoke on manufacturing and retailing in India.

Cook shared Apple’s future plans for India and spoke of the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in India. He appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and said the youth have significant skills which Apple would like to tap.

He mentioned the immense potential for ‘app-development’ that exists in the country. He also elaborated on the Map Development Centre that Apple is setting up in Hyderabad. He appreciated the Prime Minister’s initiatives in ‘ease of doing business.

In particular, he mentioned his visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, and watching a cricket match. The prime minister, appreciating Cook, said that in India, ‘seeing is believing’ and added that these experiences would definitely steer Cook’s business decisions.

Both Tim Cook and the prime minister Narendra Modi shared some unique stories of entrepreneurship that they had come across in app development and renewable energy.

Tim Cook also appreciated the prime minister’s initiatives for renewable energy. He said Apple runs on 93 percent renewable energy and spoke of plans to move Apple’s entire supply chain to renewable energy.

The prime minister explained Digital India initiative, and identified three key objectives of Digital India as e-education, health and increasing farmers’ incomes. He sought support from Apple in furthering these objectives.

Issues regarding cyber security and data encryption also came up for discussion. The prime minister encouraged Tim Cook to help the global community to cope with the challenges of cyber crime. Tim Cook also launched an updated version of the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.’

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