Interacting with mediapersons in Gandhinagar, Consul General in American Consulate in Mumbai, Tom Vajda said that US has already sent a formal proposal to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel in this regard.
    
The proposal comes for the 7th edition of the Summit, after the US had cut down all its diplomatic contact with the Gujarat government under Modi as the CM, and had not shown any official interest in the first six episodes.
    
However, Modi's maiden US visit as PM seems have changed a lot of things between Gujarat and America.
    
According to Vajda, who was here to attend a seminar on 'Urban Design and Planning', Gujarat has emerged as a preferred destination among US companies for investment.
    
"We recognised the importance of Vibrant Gujarat as a platform to support the India-US economic engagement. There is increasing interest in US about economic opportunities in India. Within India, Gujarat has a reputation of a very hospitable destination to attract investment," said Vajda.
    
This edition of Vibrant Summit will be held between 11th and 13th January at Mahatma Mandir here.
    
Recently, Gujarat government has declared that seven nations are participating as 'Partner Countries' for his edition. They are Japan, Australia, Singapore, UK, Netherlands, Canada and South Africa.
    
"Through Vibrant Gujarat, we intend to bring our companies here and also want to showcase US as a destination for education, business and tourism. We have offered our interest to serve as partner country through a letter sent to the CM. We hope that it will be accepted," said Vajda.

To a query on focus areas of US firms participating in Vibrant Gujarat, Vajda said they have expertise in many sectors, which go beyond infrastructure and smart-city projects.
    
According to Vajda, India's investment requirement for infrastructure is estimated to be 1.5-2 trillion US dollars.
    
"Some observers put India's estimated infrastructure investment at USD 1.5 to 2 trillion. US firms are having expertise and interest in certain elements of infrastructure projects, including smart cities. US firms are ready to contribute to meet India's infrastructure needs," said Vajda.
    
He also listed some other sectors where US firms are keen to increase trade ties with India and Gujarat.
    
"Energy, be it conventional or renewable, is one of the key sectors we are focusing. One of the firms Sun Edison is already working with state government for solar-based projects. Other sectors include defence, health and skill development," said Vajda.
    
US Consul also hinted at more US firms investing in India and Gujarat after Modi's 'Make in India' pitch in that country.
    
"There are already 18 US firms having their presence in Gujarat. When Modi was in US, he met several heads of companies. They are now very optimistic about India. During his 'Make in India' pitch, Modi promised to remove all the hurdles for investment. If that happens, I am sure that more US firms will come to India," said Vajda.
    
The seminar, held at Mahatma Mandir, was also attended by Gujarat CM Anandi Patel, Denmark's Ambassador to India H E Freddy Svane and several top officials.
    
Patel gave her vision about smart city project and linked it with Modi's vision of Digital India.
    
"Smart city must be a simple city, which provides security to women and be supportive for disabled, poor and senior citizens. Modi's Digital India concept goes hand in hand with the Smart City project. We are sitting just 135-km away from upcoming Dholera smart city and just 1 mile away from fully functional smart city called GIFT city," said Patel.

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