India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a new website on Saturday to provide details about the country’s development agenda in a world of smartphones and social media.
The launch will be one of the most important in the country since Modi took over as chief minister in 2014, when India had not developed a public database of its economic growth and the country had only a rudimentary plan for development.
Modi will be joined by a group of visiting world leaders including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory in the 2015 general elections, winning nearly 80 percent of the vote.
The website will be called India’s Future Development Index, and will contain a wealth of data about India’s economic development and the way it is currently developing, including a snapshot of growth and development indicators since 2015.
The index is expected to be launched at the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday, and the website will come into effect on Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The BJP, which has yet to announce a full manifesto for its 2019 election campaign, is seen as an important ally of Modi’s economic agenda, which is opposed by a majority of Indians who believe it is too dependent on foreign aid.
India’s current development status has not been publicly disclosed.
Modi took office in 2014 and has made a priority of improving the countrys economic growth, with a focus on infrastructure and manufacturing.
He has promised to boost foreign investment by increasing the number of foreign direct investment (FDI) and introducing an open market for foreign companies, and has also promised to open up India to more foreign investment.
India, which suffered a sharp slowdown in growth in 2014-15, has been building infrastructure projects that have helped it gain a reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse.
It has also made some progress in reducing poverty, particularly among the poor.
The Modi government is also keen to expand India’s role as a global economic power, with the launch of the Future Development Fund, which aims to invest in infrastructure and the private sector to boost growth.