PM Modi, who arrived here yesterday evening local time to a rousing welcome from members of the diaspora, has a double agenda for the five-day visit spanning the nation's two coasts: High-level diplomacy as he attends UN summit of heads of state and government, and promoting his 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' initiatives.

Ambassador to the US Arun Singh said that the focus on the economic dimension in the visit follows the strategic and commercial dialogue that ended this week in Washington.

Having developed political and strategic ties, it was time for the commercial dimension, especially with the goal of expanding bilateral trade to 500 billion per year that was set by President Barack Obama during his Republic Day visit, he added.

After an evening of informal meetings yesterday with community members from several places, including New York and Chicago metro areas and Georgia, PM Modi switches gears today focusing on his economic agenda.

PM Modi's manufacturing agenda will have a special place in his meetings today. Singh said that his meetings will be with leaders in the finance, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.


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