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The official visit of the Republic of Belarus parliamentary delegation to the Republic of India is over

On July 30, 2006 the official visit of the Republic of Belarus parliamentary delegation headed by the Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mr. Gennady Novitsky to the Republic of India finished. The visit was organized at the invitation of the leadership of both chambers of the Indian Parliament.
In the framework of the visit, Mr. Gennady Novitsky met with the President of the Republic of India Dr. Abdul Kalam. During the meeting the parties discussed the state and prospects of Belarus-India cooperation focusing on the upcoming visit to India of the President of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Alexandr Lukashenko, expected in the early 2007. Dr. Kalam stressed that in connection with the visit there are hopes for stronger bilateral co-operation in all spheres of life. Besides, the President of India and the Chairman of the Council of the Republic discussed the key issues of international agenda, including prevention of international terrorism and coordination of interaction within the United Nations, Non-Allied Movement and other international organizations.
The interparliamentary co-operation and mutual visits were the key issues during the meetings with the Vice-President of the Republic of India, Speaker of Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament Dr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Speaker of Lok Sabha Dr. Somnath Chatterjee. Mr. Novitsky gave a high assessment of the results of Dr. Shekhawat's and Vice-Speaker of Lok Sabha Charnjit Atwal's last year's visits to Minsk. Besides, the parties discussed the prospects of developing trade and economic, scientific and technological as well as cultural cooperation and expressed satisfaction with the establishment of Belarus-India Friendship Groups in the respective Parliaments. The Sides also pointed out at the progress observed in the work of the Belarus-India inter-governmental commission on cooperation in the field of economy, industry, trade, science and culture.
On the first joint meeting of Belarus-India Inter-parliamentary Friendship Groups, which was chaired by the Chairman of the Council of the Republic, the Belarusian and Indian legislators outlined the main directions of future cooperation. Furthermore, at the end of the meeting it was decided to sign a joint protocol outlining the process of policy coordination between the legislatures of the two countries.
The Chairman of the Council of the Republic visited the Association of Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) and the Confederation of Indian Industry. Taking the floor during the meetings Mr. Novitsky stressed the great potential for developing Belarus-India economic cooperation. During the meetings with the leaders of the institutions steps to intensify bilateral cooperation on the basis of implementation of mutually beneficial projects and launching joint ventures involving food processing, production of medicines, large-size tires, machinery, computer software, etc. were elaborated.
During the visit the delegation attached much attention to the development of regional cooperation. While visiting the sister-city of Minsk Ц Bangalore on July 28 the delegation met with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Karnataka State Dr. Shri Krishna and President of the Legislative Council of the State Dr. S. Khot. The parties discussed issues relating to the development of interparliamentary cooperation at a regional level as well as ways of legal support of economic interaction between the Karnataka State and regions of the Republic of Belarus.
Issues of sister-city relations were raised during the delegation's meeting with the Mayor of Bangalore Mrs. M.Begum and the Commissar of the Municipal Corporation of Bangalore Mr. K.Jairajee. The sides laid a special emphasis on the strengthening of cultural and humanitarian contacts and stressed the need for better cooperation between economic entities of the twin cities.
Visiting Bangalore, the Belarusian parliamentarians also met with the Chief Minister of the Karnataka State Mr. Shri Kumaraswami and the Governor of the State Mr. Shri Chaturvedi. On the meetings, the sides discussed possibilities of consolidating Belarus-India trade and economic exchange, paying special attention to the participation of Belarusian enterprises in the expositions and festivals organized in the Karnataka State. The Indian side was also invited to consider the possibility of cooperating in the field of information technologies, agricultural machinery production, mining industry, regional infrastructure development, as well as in the establishment of inter-regional cooperation procedures aimed at promoting economic, cultural and humanitarian relations.
In the city of Bangalore, the Belarusian parliamentarians visited Karnataka State major enterprises, such as "Infosys" (leader of information technologies of India), "Biocon" company engaged in biotechnologies and pharmaceutics and "Hindustan Aerospace Ltd" (country's largest producer of space technology). Among other issues, bilateral cooperation between the above companies and Belarusian enterprises was considered.

 

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