Cook, Modi discuss plans to manufacture in India

In a fresh insight into Apple's future plans for India, CEO Tim Cook discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing in the country as the two met here on Saturday.

On his part, Modi explained his Digital India initiative and identified its three key objectives as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes.

"Modi sought support from Apple in these objectives," a statement from Prime Minister's Office said.

During the meeting, Cook, 55, appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, saying the "youth have significant skills which Apple would like to tap".

He mentioned the immense potential for "app-development" that exists in the country and elaborated on the Map Development Centre that Apple is setting up in Hyderabad.

Hailing Modi's initiatives in "ease of doing business", Cook also launched an updated version of the "Narendra Modi Mobile App".

In an exchange of tweets later, the two praised each other.

"Thank you @tim_cook! Friends, welcome and happy volunteering. Your views and efforts are always enriching," Modi tweeted.

Cook replied: "Thanks @narendramodi for a great meeting. Already looking forward to next visit to India. Best wishes on the app!"

"I am delighted to share that Tim Cook launched an updated version of the 'Narendra Modi Mobile App'. Thank you, Cook," said Modi in his tweet.

IANS