Tim Cook doesn’t get much downtime to enjoy being the king of all things Apple, does he?
Recently he was troubleshooting in China, and now Apple’s CEO has landed for a week-long stay in India, with five other senior Apple execs, during which time they will meet with top execs and politicians in the country, visit the location of Apple’s new tech development center, and much more.
Cook’s meetings will include ones concerning India’s growing 4G networks, which are viewed as crucial to building the iPhone brand locally. Cook will meet with the chairman of Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest mobile provider, this Friday.
He will end the week by meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, with whom he has previously met with during Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley. Additionally, Cook will be announcing a start-up accelerator in India, the first such initiative by Apple.
While we doubt he will have too much time to sleep during such a hectic week, Cook will at least be able to unwind in style — thanks to a suite at the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, costing around $1,300 per night, while in South Mumbai. When in Delhi, the Apple execs will meanwhile stay at the Leela Palace Hotel in Chanakyapuri.
Cook’s trip to India comes during a time when Apple is increasingly focused on growing its business in the country — particularly as it runs into problems with China. Recently official Indian Apple Stores got one step closer to happening after Apple became one of the first foreign companies granted a permit to open a retail store in India without sourcing 30 percent of its products from inside the country.
Apple has also announced plans to invest $25 million in a new office complex in India — which will bring approximately 4,500 jobs during the construction process. Not everything has been quite so seamless, however. Last month, a group representing local manufacturing interests including non-Indian company Samsung) successfully petitioned to stop Apple from importing refurbished iPhones to sell in the country.
Via: Patently Apple