April 21, 2020
PM Modi had a conversation with US President Donald Trump, wherein the two leaders agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to effectively combat COVID-19
On his call with PM Modi, Prince Charles of the UK expressed his appreciation for the members of the Indian diaspora in the UK who are playing a seminal role in COVID-19 effort
PM Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries and the importance of collaboration for fighting the health crisis
PM Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the global health and economic challenges emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to counters them jointly
The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi has reached out to the heads of states and governments from around the world, extending all possible help in a united fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. The health epidemic has claimed more than 171,500 lives between the beginning of December 2019 and the third week of April 2020 while over 2.5 million people have so far contracted the disease in over 180 countries. With a cure believed to be at least a year away, countries around the world have enforced vast lockdowns as a measure to arrest the spread of the disease. The lockdowns have brought the movement of humans and goods to a virtual halt, which is expected to cost the global economy much more than US$1 trillion in 2020. In such circumstances, the Indian Government has been communicating with other countries to minimise the impact of the pandemic on the economy and society. In the face of such unprecedented challenges, India has strengthened its ties with partner nations across the scope of scientific collaborations, trade of critical goods, and exchange of key information and resources.
Here are some of PM Modi’s latest exchanges with global leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis:
PM Modi has also had telephonic conversations with the President of the Maldives, President of Egypt, President of South Africa, King of Jordan, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Prime Minister of Vietnam, Prime Minister of Nepal, Prime Minister of Sweden, Sultan of Oman, King of Bahrain, Prime Minister of Kuwait, and the Prime Minister of Israel, among others. PM Modi has continued his interactions with various stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19. The Government of India has taken several measures to ease the impact of the pandemic on the poorest sections of the society with a US$22.5 billion relief plan apart from targeted initiatives to aid traders and investors in the country. With initiatives such as the COVID fund for SAARC bloc, among others, India has extended Coronavirus relief efforts to foreign countries.
India, with a population of over 1.3 billion, has so far reported more than 18,650 Coronavirus cases and around 600 deaths. The Government has enforced a nation-wide lockdown from March 25 to contain the spread of the disease, a necessary move that will have an unavoidable impact on the economy. However, while the world slips into a recession due to the pandemic, India is expected to come out as an exception, as per the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Another report, by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), has pegged India’s growth at 4.8 per cent in 2020. Meanwhile, the World Bank expects India to grow by up to 2.8 per cent, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected India’s growth to be 1.9 per cent in 2020.