She said that India is ideally placed to emerge as a powerful player in global manufacturing landscape and export markets and listed out recent initiatives to propel the growth trajectory that include the rolling out of the  GST by April, 2016.

Swaraj said the Indian diaspora could be the most valuable partner in implementation of the flagship schemes of the government such as the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, Clean Ganga, skill development, smart cities or GIAN.

"When I interact with our brothers and sisters abroad, I always ask them to keep one foot in India and nurture their roots by supporting the development efforts of the government," she said speaking at the third edition of the 'Growth Net' summit here.

Noting that roping in local bodies and state governments in outreach to the world is part of the government's broader effort, she said her Ministry has created "States Division" to implement the vision.

It will be responsible for liaisoning with the states for all trade and investment-related purposes.

"This will do away with the traditional one-size-fits-all approach and give a more local-needs based dimension to our foreign policy. We have also asked all our IFS officers to specialize in understanding the needs of two states of their choice," she said.

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