Cook discusses manufacturing possibilities with Modi; Apple keen to tap young talent
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the possibilities of manufacturing in India and tapping young talent.
New Delhi: Showing interest in making Apple products in India, the global technology giant's chief Tim Cook on Saturday discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "possibilities of manufacturing" and tapping the young talent pool in the country.
On his maiden visit to India, the Apple CEO also discussed with Modi issues regarding cyber-security and data encryption.
"Cook shared Apple Inc's future plans for India. He 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," an official statement said.
The head of the US-based Apple, which makes iPhones and Mac computers, has already announced during this trip setting of an app development centre in Bengaluru and one for maps in Hyderabad.
During his meeting with Modi, Cook highlighted the immense potential for app development in the country. He also launched an updated version of the PM's mobile app at the meeting.
He narrated to Prime Minister the experiences including a visit to Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai and watching a cricket match in Kanpur. Modi, appreciating Cook, said in India "seeing is believing" and added these experiences would definitely steer his business decisions.
He also appreciated Prime Minister's initiatives on ease of doing business and renewable energy, the statement read.
Cook said the company is looking to be in India for a long run and it is "exactly the right time" to be in India as telecom firms roll out 4G high speed internet services. Apple, which is seeing declining sales elsewhere in the world, is betting big on India for growth as sales saw an impressive 56 per cent growth during January-March.
Modi explained 'Digital India' initiative and identified three key objectives of as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes.
Prime Minister sought support from Apple in furthering these objectives and also encouraged Cook to help the global community to cope with the challenges of cyber-crime.
Cook also congratulated Modi on recent election results and spoke about his visit to India and that he had been received with great warmth.
After the meeting, Modi tweeted: "Thank you @tim_cook! Friends, welcome & happy volunteering. Your views and efforts are always enriching." He also shared photos with the Apple CEO on his Twitter handle.
Cook, in a response, tweeted: "Thanks PM @narendramodi for a great meeting. Already looking forward to next visit to India. Best wishes on the app!"
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