India’s President Starts in Brazil Trade and Political Tour

    Indian President Pratibha Patil

    Indian President Pratibha Patil The President of India, Pratibha Patil, left her country on Saturday for a Latin American tour of Brazil, Mexico and Chile with the purpose of strengthening trade, investment and political ties with the region.

    President Patil's visit to Brazil is particularly significant as India has a strategic partnership with Brasí­lia. The two countries, which have fluid contacts with G-8 over global trade issues are working together on IBSA, a trilateral developmental initiative between India, Brazil and South Africa.

    Patil is scheduled to meet Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Mexican President Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet during her 12-day visit.

    Nalin Surie, secretary of India's Ministry of External Affairs pointed out that trade and economic interaction between Latinamerica and India is growing rapidly despite the impediments in the physical connectivity and announced that a number of agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.

    The Indian cabinet on Friday, April 11, approved the Air Services Agreements (ASA) with Chile and Mexico. According to the agreements, both countries will have the right to designate as many airlines as they wish to fly to India, and vice versa.

    "India also has a preferential trade arrangement with Chile and our trade and economic relations are growing rapidly," Surie told reporters.

    "The president's visit to Latin America will cover three of our important partners in the region. All three are flourishing democracies, developing countries and countries with which our interaction is growing rapidly" added Surie.

    Patil, the first woman president of India begins her official visit to Brazil in São Paulo, where she is expected to arrive Tuesday, April 14, and will later travel to Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian capital Brasí­lia.

    Patil flies then to Mexico for four days during which she will visit Mexico City and Guadalajara province. The two day visit to Chile begins April 20.

    Surie pointed out that India's trade and economic ties with the three countries were growing rapidly and currently trade with Brazil stands at US$ 3.2 billion; with Mexico, US$ 2 billion and US$ 2.4 billion with Chile. New Delhi trade targets for 2010 are US$ 10 billion with Brazil and US$ 5 billion with Mexico.

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    • João da Silva

      Ch.c
      Hi Ch.c,

      [quote]Have you ever been into an Air India plane ?
      Even for a trip outside India ? [/quote]

      No Ch.c, I have never been on Air India. But I flew their Domestic Airlines “Indian Airlines” some years ago. Not very good, though the service was excellent. A few years ago, I flew again into India, when their India opened up the competition for their domestic routes. I recall the names of two airlines a) Jetways b) Air Sahara. The planes landed and took off on time and we enjoyed the services, including the food they provided, as we don’t mind spiced food.

      The only complaint I have against their domestic airlines is that they do not serve cold “Ethanol”, which in my opinion, goes well with their curried food 🙂

    • ch.c.

      To Joao !!!!!
      Have you ever been into an Air India plane ?
      Even for a trip outside India ?

      Wellllllll……inside it terribly smell Indian spices !

      But the service is very good….when the plane is….on time !

      😉

    • João da Silva

      India’s President Starts in Brazil Trade and Political Tour
      The article does not say if the visit of the Indian President is a state visit or a goodwill one. Also, while in Brasilia if she would be received by our President. The Indians (at least the ones I had the pleasure of meeting while I traveled to that sub continent) are very hospitable people. I hope our government displays the traditional Brasilian hospitality.

      [quote]The Indian cabinet on Friday, April 11, approved the Air Services Agreements (ASA) with Chile and Mexico. According to the agreements, both countries will have the right to designate as many airlines as they wish to fly to India, and vice versa.[/quote]

      Considering that India is the largest importer of Brasilian Ethanol and other raw material and receive the Brazilians with open arms, the government of Brasil should allow the airlines in India to operate between Brasil and India. Just like they did with Emirate Airlines. May be we will see the quality services of good old Varig of Dr.HÀƒ©lio Schmidt back, while traveling the International routes!

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