Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be conferred with 2018 Seoul Peace Prize
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to be conferred with this year’s Seoul Peace Prize for his contribution to world peace through his economic vision. He will become the 14th recipient of this coveted award.
After assessing over a hundred candidates proposed by over 1300 nominators from around the world, the Award Committee decided to bestow the prize on Prime Minister Modi, calling him ‘the perfect candidate for the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize.
Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement said, “The Seoul Peace Prize Committee has decided to confer the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in recognition of his dedication to improving international cooperation, raising global economic growth, accelerating the Human Development of the people of India by fostering economic growth in the world’s fastest-growing large economy and furthering the development of democracy through anti-corruption and social integration efforts.”
The MEA further said, “The Award Committee recognised Prime Minister Modi’s contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, crediting ‘Modinomics’ for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.”
“The Committee lauded the Prime Minister’s initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures and demonetisation. The Committee also credited the Prime Minister for his contribution towards regional and global peace through a proactive foreign policy with countries around the world under the ‘Modi Doctrine’ and the ‘Act East Policy’,” it added.
“Expressing his gratitude for the prestigious honour and in light of India’s deepening partnership with the Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Modi has accepted the award. The award will be presented by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a mutually convenient time,” MEA concluded.
The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul. Former chairman of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch was its first recipient. Other winners include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former United States Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz.