Press Release - Ambassador Visits Latvian Minister of Culture

Press Release - Ambassador Visits Latvian Minister of Culture


          Ambassador Mrs. Banashri Bose Harrison visited Latvia on 12th March, 2014. Her first engagement was a call on the new Minister of Culture, Ms. Dace Melbarde during which they discussed the renewal of the bilateral Cultural Exchange Programme to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries. Ambassador informed the Minister that Indian cultural performances were being organized regularly in Latvia with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and local organizations, but the Cultural Exchange Programme would allow the Indian people to enjoy the vibrant culture of Latvia. The Minister appreciated the fact that India, which had such an ancient and diverse culture, was keen to strengthen cultural ties with Latvia.

          Ambassador also met the State Secretary for Health, Mr. Rinalds Mucins and discussed the operationalisation of the bilateral health agreement which was signed on 28th February, 2012. Ambassador informed him of the forthcoming Ayurvedic Summit to be held in Riga on 21st March, 2014 and invited him to inaugurate the Summit.

       Ambassador also had a meeting with the Head of Foreign Economic Relations Promotion Division, Mr. Rudolfs Bremanis and discussed the forthcoming "India-Central Europe Business Forum" which the Ministry of External Affairs of India was organizing in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry from 27-28 March, 2014. Mr. Bremanis informed the Ambassador that Latvia is sending a high level official delegation to this Forum. He invited India to participate in the high level conference on transport, logistics and trade routes "Connecting Asia with Europe" which Latvia would be hosting on June 3-4, 2014.

      In the afternoon, Ambassador participated in the International Day on Cooperation Opportunities organized by Riga Technical University(RTU) and spoke about the potential for cooperation between RTU and Indian educational institutes.She also met the Indian students studying at the RTU.

         During the visit, she also met representatives of Indo-Baltic Federation of Culture and Commerce, Indo-Latvia Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the recently established Centre of Indian Studies Dr. Sigma Ankrava.