New Delhi – Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) led a humanitarian visit to India this week in support of international anti-poverty partnerships and global economic development. During the trip, Schock visited with India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a personal friend of Schock’s who rose to lead the world’s second most-populous country in an historic election earlier this year. The Aug. 26 meeting with Modi was a highlight of Schock's scheduled activities as a part of the Global Citizen India Learning Trip. Joining Schock on the trip were Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project (GPP), Peter Murphy, GPP Chairman, and representatives from the Caterpillar Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Peoria-based global construction and mining equipment manufacturer.
“The Indian people are eager to assume a position in the global economy equal to their tremendous potential, and they have wisely chosen a leader in Prime Minister Modi to direct their national effort. I am honored to call him a friend, and I share his commitment to lift the Indian people out of poverty,” Schock said after his visit with the Prime Minister.
“Through efforts like the Global Poverty Project, public and private partnerships are hastening the end of extreme poverty and improving the lives of billions of people around the world. The vision of Hugh Evans and the Global Poverty Project offers a challenging, but attainable goal. The commitment of companies like Caterpillar to strengthen this effort is making a lasting difference for the world’s poor.”
In addition to promoting action to curb poverty and hunger, Schock is meeting with representatives of the World Bank, USAID, and U.S.-based companies doing business in India. Next month, Schock will join the Global Poverty Project in New York City for the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, an annual charity event that brings together musicians, world leaders, policymakers and activists to raise awareness and foster action to eliminate extreme poverty.
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