His meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the shared ‘belief that #Cities are key to driving innovation and progress. They discussed how confronting climate change can go hand-in-hand with smart economic growth as well as Modi’s Smart Cities Initiative. Bloomberg also met Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu about India’s commitment to renewable energy and addressed Re-Invest 2015, the first renewable energy glbal investors meet and expo organized by the Indian government, on India’s leading role in moving the world toward a more sustainable future.
Among the highlights of the trip was Bloomberg’s dinner and conversation with Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan. He later fondly tweeted: ‘Thanks for a great conversation. If you’re ever looking for a co-star, give me a call.’ It was an event attended by the likes of business tycoon Anil Ambani. Bloomberg also had a dinner engagement with US Ambassador to India Richard Verma.
Though it was a trip packed with events and meetings, Bloomberg still managed to take a ‘break for some monkey business.’
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Michael Bloomberg in India
A peek into former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s visit to India as the United Nation secretary- general’s special envoy for cities and climate change. Bloomberg, who visited India shortly before he was elected mayor in 2001 returned this time ‘as India’s role on the global stage is rapidly growing.’ His top five reasons, he said in a Huffington Post blog, were climate leadership, solar power, smart cities, road safety, and India’s youth. Bloomberg, who tweeted this photo, saying, ‘Caught a ride on a CNG rickshaw in New Delhi — reminded me of NYC taxis: yellow & green, & fast. (Sometimes too fast),’ also met the Maharashtra Chief Minister to discuss how to reduce road traffic deaths in Mumbai. ‘NYC has the Subway, in Delhi it’s the Metro,’ Bloomberg said. ‘No matter what you call it — it’s the most efficient way around town.’
A26 INDIA NEWS India Abroad February 27, 2015