On May 18, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of India to Russia Pound Srinivasan Raghavan held a business meeting with the Governor of Tomsk Region Sergey Zhvachkin, according to a report by an Independent News Agency.
The meeting with the governor marked the start of the three-day visit of the Indian ambassador to the Tomsk Region.
According to the governor, Ambassador Raghavan’s visit confirms the historical friendship between Russia and India. Economic cooperation between Tomsk Oblast with India is multifaceted – the pharmaceuticals industry, oil and gas sphere, as well as the scientific and educational sectors. Many Indian companies work in the Tomsk Region and many Tomsk companies work in India. There is also wide cultural cooperation between Tomsk and India, noted Mr. Zhvachkin.
Pound Srinivasan Raghavan noted that the Tomsk Region occupies a prominent place in the working calendar of the Indian Embassy.
“I studied the work schedules of previous Ambassadors of India to the Russian Federation and saw how active and multifaceted was our cooperation with Tomsk Region. Today, we can and should strengthen our contacts even more,” said Pound Srinivasan Raghavan.
Sergey Zhvachkin and the head of the Indian diplomatic mission discussed the prospects of cooperation between India and the Tomsk scientific and educational complex. Pound Srinivasan Raghavan was interested in further development of cooperation with Tomsk universities, where today 11 students from India are studying, and a special economic zone, whose residents are developing contacts with Indian entrepreneurs.
At the end of the meeting, the Governor presented the Ambassador of India a plate made of cedar and a silver commemorative coin – “Tomsk - 400 Years”. For his part, Pound Srinivasan Raghavan gave Sergey Zhvachkin a porcelain plate decorated with Indian scenery and a book about his country.
Active cooperation between Tomsk and Indian entrepreneurs began in 2012, under the auspices of the Tomsk Chamber of Commerce. Since that time, about 100 Tomsk companies have participated in business missions to various cities in India, including Moye Ceramic Implants, Elecard Devices, Rubius Group, Elcom Plus, Artlife, and many others.
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