Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ three-day visit to India stood no less than a suspense thriller with all interesting turns with each passing day. Amidst the protests by Indian local traders across 300 cities against the visit, Jeff came out untouched with a promise of $1 million investments in the country. This is not it, hours after the million promise, the world’s richest man shut down the trade minister Piyush Goyal’s comments with his pledge to create 1 million jobs by 2025.
On the last day of his visit, Jeff turned the heads of national media with his meeting with top Indian business tycoons like Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal. The list also included Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, Godrej group chairman Adi Godrej, Hindustan Unilever MD Sanjeev Mehta, Bajaj Finserv MD Sanjiv Bajaj, Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, and Future Group founder Kishore Biyani.
Jeff has reportedly discussed growth through consumer space partnerships across sectors, issues surrounding technology, data privacy concerns and global alliances with the industry honchos. Followed by which Amazon.com Inc issued a media statement revealing their plans to create 1 million jobs in the country. The diverse set of leaders also exchanged notes on India and other developed markets, said another person who was a part of the gathering. ‘We promise to join hands to create employment through continued investments in technology, infrastructure, and its logistics network. The jobs–created both directly and indirectly–will be across industries, including information technology, skill development, content creation, retail, logistics, and manufacturing,” read the statement. This announcement has shut down all the speculations around Jeff’s visits including Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal who later issued a clarification.