January 12, 2007
Shri Mukesh Ambani's speech at Vibrant Gujarat, Ahmedabad: I am delighted to be here at the 3rd Vibrant Gujarat – Global Investor Summit 2007.This is a hat trick for me.
I was present in the earlier two events as well – in 2003 and 2005. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Shri Narendrabhai and his Government for building on the momentum gained over the previous two events. This event is now broader based in terms of participation.
It is a reflection of the accelerated growth of the state. Gujarat is blessed to have a talented and committed team of administrators who are passionate about sustaining our State’s pre-eminent position. The event of ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ is an example of their foresight.
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.The vision and determination of strengthening Gujarat’s position as the leader amongst all states in the country.
He has an amazing clarity or purpose coupled with determination. He combines his strong Gujarat ethos with a modern outlook. Under your leadership there is new found confidence in Gujarat. I am convinced that his dynamism and passion would help Gujarat earn a place of pride in India and in the world.
Under his leadership, the State has been able to manage a scorching pace of development, duly reflected in the SDP numbers. Gujarat is now a revenue-surplus state from being a revenue deficit state five years ago. Gujarat has about 5 % of India’s population and 6 % of the geographical area. Gujarat today accounts for over 16% of country’s investments and 10% of the expenditure.