The state of Goa has been ‘adopted’ by the heads of Indian missions in Croatia, Israel, Iceland and Bulgaria and Macedonia to promote the coastal state in their respective host countries.
These countries will ink pacts on extending cooperation in information and technology, tourism and other sectors so as to make investments in Goa.
Four envoys – ambassador of India to Croatia Sandeep Kumar; India’s ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor; ambassador of India to Bulgaria and Macedonia Pooja Kapur and ambassador of India to Iceland Rajiv Kumar Nagpal – were on a four-day visit to Goa last week. During the visit, the ambassadors met Governor Mridula Sinha; IT Minister Rohan Khaunte, Tourism Minister Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar; finance secretary Daulat Hawaldar, Commissioner for NRI Affairs Milind Naik and other senior officials.
The envoys discussed various issues on promoting Goa in their host countries.
Sources said the Union ministry of external affairs has requested these ambassadors to adopt various states of India for promoting them in the countries where they are posted.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, director of NRI affairs Anthony D’Souza, who had been nominated as a nodal officer for the familiarisation visit of the heads of missions to the state, said the visiting dignitaries showed a keen interest in
promoting Goa in their host countries as regards IT, tourism, art and culture, food and other sectors.
They also have been asked to facilitate promotional activities for non-resident Indians.
“This cooperation with five countries will definitely open new avenues for investment in the state. Moreover Goa will be able to receive maximum benefits through the good offices of the said heads of missions,” he said.
He informed that during the meeting with the Governor the heads of missions discussed various issues whose details will be incorporated in a memorandum of understanding to be signed in the near future between Goa and the countries where the ambassadors work.
D’Souza informed that Khaunte also sought cooperation from these countries in IT sector in developing Goa as a premier destination for the sector.
“The cooperation of the embassy is a key factor in assisting our people who have been staying in these countries as NRIs,” D’Souza said adding that the government will work out the areas for cooperation for signing agreements with the host countries through the Union ministry of external affairs.