On May 15 to 17, 2019 Ambassador of Latvia to India Artis Bērtulis visited Mumbai, the Capital of the State Maharashtra. During his visit he was warmly received by Shri Nand Kumar, Principal Secretary and Chief Protocol Officer of the State, as well as by representatives of leading trade and industry chambers and companies across various sectors in Mumbai and across the State. Ambassador A.Bērtulis gave an extensive presentation on Latvia and its business opportunities in the EU Chambers of Commerce in India and the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, followed by discussions with the Members of the Chambers on future collaboration between Latvia and the State of Maharashtra. Ambassador participated also in the annual Europe Day, organised by the EU Chambers of Commerce in India, and addressed by Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, and the Indian actor Anil Kapoor.
During discussions, the parties expressed their interest to develop and expand the cooperation, especially in the fields of transport and logistics, high added value tourism, education, cinema. The need to further increase the volume of bilateral trade was also noted. Particular attention during the visit was drawn to advantages which Latvia can offer as a transit hub in the international trade route network from South to North and from East to West. Likewise the Ambassador expressed his hope regarding the opening of the Embassy of India in Latvia, which would greatly enhance further development of relations between Latvia and India in various fields.
During his visit, Ambassador A.Bērtulis marked also the context of the history of Latvia, noting the celebrations of the Centenary of the Republic of Latvia, as well as other important anniversaries for Latvia’s political and economic development, like 15 years of the EU Membership and 5 years of the Euro currency in Latvia. It was noted, that 2019 marks also such unique and Latvia-India unifying anniversaries, as the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way and the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s political, spiritual and non-violent resistance leader.
Maharashtra is India’s most prosperous state and its capital Mumbai is regarded as the commercial and financial capital of India. Since 2016 Latvia has an Honorary Consul in Mumbai, Capt. Avinash Batra.