On May 30 to June 2, 2019 Ambassador of Latvia to India Artis Bērtulis visited Bengaluru, the Capital of the State Karnataka. The visit took place in collaboration with the Honorary Consul of Latvia in Bengaluru, Mr. Kumara Swamy Palani Balasubramaniam.
During his visit he was warmly received by Mr. Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary of the State, Mr Gaurav Gupta, IT as well as Commerce and Industries Secretary of the State, leading Committee and entrepreneurs of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), as well as by other leading political, economic and cultural representatives of the State. On May 31 Ambassador A.Bērtulis gave a press conference on Latvia, its business opportunities and vast options for cooperation across various sectors, including the information and communications technology (ICT), logistics and tourism. Ambassador also gave interviews to leading newspapers of the State and the country, and held discussions with various tour operators. During his visit Ambassador A.Bērtulis met representatives of the Latvian diaspora in Bengaluru.
During discussions, the parties noted the already existing cooperation, including in the field of music, as well as expressed their interest to develop and expand the cooperation, especially in the fields of ICT, logistics, high added value tourism, as well as culture and education. The need to further increase the volume of bilateral trade was also noted. 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.
Karnataka is one of India’s most prosperous states and its capital Bengaluru is regarded as the ICT centre in India. Since 2015 Latvia has an Honorary Consul in Bengaluru, Mr. K.S.P.Balasubramaniam.