The chief executives were impressed but wanted the pace of reforms to be hastened.

Following an interaction with the leaders in the financial sector in the morning, the Prime Minister held two more such engagements -- an hour-long interface with the top brass of media and entertainment industry and a 90-minute dinner meet with 42 of the world's top corporate leaders.

Indian interlocutors said those at the meetings were eager to support Modi's initiatives - like on 'Make in India', 'Digital India', 'Skill India' and 'Startup India' - and also viewed the South Asian country among their top five markets to do business with.

“Foreign direct investment all over the world has fallen but in India it increased by 40 percent. This reflects confidence in the Indian economy," the Prime Minister said during the interaction over dinner with the chief executives, drawn from Fortune 500 companies.

"Reform in governance is my Number One priority. We are for simplified procedures, speedy decision-making, transparency and accountability," said the Prime Minister, before dining with them at the Waldorf Towers Hotel in Manhattan where he is staying.

Later, the Prime Minister himself gave an update on his meetings during the packed day.

"Met top American CEOs from media and entertainment sector. They were enthusiastic about the change 'Digital India' initiative is driving," Modi tweeted, adding, "Digital technology has a vital role in making democracy stronger and in overall human resource development."

"My interaction with the Fortune 500 CEOs was on investment opportunities in India and why they must come and 'Make in India'," said the Prime Minister.


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