India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bid to convince the big guns of corporate America to invest more in his country appears to have got off to a promising start.

In a low-key roundtable meeting held near Washington D.C., Modi told attendees, including Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos, Apple’s (AAPL) Tim Cook, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Satya Nadella and Google’s (GOOGL) Sundar Pichai, that India is no longer plagued by the corruption and bureaucratic issues that previously put off foreign investors. According to various reports, by the end of the meeting most of the CEOs in attendance were left very encouraged by what he had to say.

One of the main talking points was the implementation of the new goods and service tax (GST) bill, due to be introduced at the beginning of next month. The bill, which will replace the current fragmented system with a unified value added tax system, was described by Modi as a key measure designed to make India more business-friendly. (See also: What India’s Tax Change Means for Consumer Giants.)

Many of the American CEO’s in attendance appeared to agree with this assessment. According to the Hindustan Times, Google and Wal-Mart (WMT) were particularly enthusiastic, hailing the GST bill as a “game changing reform." Wal-Mart India CEO Krish Iyer reportedly added that the new regime promises to ease business barriers and help bring down prices of essential commodities.

Modi also used the occasion to discuss the other successes he has achieved since taking over as prime minister of the country, including his alleged triumph in combating corruption and building a military capable of defending itself against terror threats.

These comments appeared to strike a chord with America’s leading CEOs. Speaking to CNBC, Apple chief Tim Cook said the meeting was "fantastic," while JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon described Modi as “very smart, very receptive, very actuary.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was also left impressed. In a tweet, Bezos claimed that Amazon is now even more determined to continue investing in the country. (See also: Amazon Wants to Buy India's Largest Online Grocer.)

 

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