New Delhi: Announcing that Amazon is going to use its global footprint to export ‘Made in India’ goods worth $10 billion by the end of 2025, the e-commerce behemoth’s founder-CEO, Jeff Bezos, on Wednesday said that the 21st century will be the century of India.
Speaking at the Amazon SMBhav summit in New Delhi on Wednesday, Bezos said that Amazon would invest $1 billion (over Rs 7,000 crore) in digitising small and medium businesses (SMB) in India.
“I want to make a prediction for you. I predict that the 21st century is going to be India’s century. The dynamism, the energy, everywhere I go here, I meet people who are interested in growth. This country has something special and it’s a democracy. This is going to be India’s century,” he said, adding: “One more prediction from my side — in this 21st century, the most important factor is going to be the alliance between India and United States.”
In a chat with Amazon India country head Amit Agrawal on the first day of the two-day summit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) Smbhav organised by Amazon in the national capital, Bezos also said that Amazon aims to make delivery of all its products in India plastic-free by June, 2020.
Wearing a blue jacket presented to him by one of his admirers in India, Bezos also expressed serious concern over the climate change across the globe.
“Anybody today who is not acknowledging that climate change is affecting the planet in a very significant and dangerous way, This is a big problem, it’s going to take collective action all over the world. We want to take pledge on climate change. As a part of this we have taken various important steps,” he said.
Amazon recently took the Climate Pledge — which is to reach the goals of the Paris Accord 10 years early, the e-commerce giant’s founder said. Amazon is going to use 100% sustainable electricity by 2030, has recently announced the acquisition of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles and that we will eliminate all plastic by June 2020, he added.
After landing in India, one of the first things he did was visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial in Delhi. And understandably, one of the first things he did was post a video on Twitter of his visit. For obvious reasons, when the world’s richest man decided to pay his respects to the Mahatama, or in his words, “someone who truly changed the world”, he decided to so wearing Indian traditional attire — white kurta and an orange half-jacket.
His tweet which captured it all showed the whole exchange. “Just landed in India and spent a beautiful afternoon paying my respects to someone who truly changed the world. ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi,’ he tweeted.