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Speech by His Excellency Mr. Dinesh Bhatia Ambassador of India to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire Credentials Presentation Ceremony Abidjan; 12 June 2014





Speech by His Excellency Mr. Dinesh Bhatia

Ambassador of India  to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

Credentials Presentation Ceremony

Abidjan; 12 June 2014


Your Excellency Mr. President,


It is my honour and a great privilege to be appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.  Since my arrival here, my family and I are feeling extremely comfortable and at home in Abidjan.


2.        Before I say anything, I would like to convey my best wishes to you for the success of Les Éléphants, the national football team of Cote d’Ivoire, currently in Brazil to compete for 2014 FIFA World Cup.


3.        I take this opportunity to convey to you warm greetings and best wishes from the President of India H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee whom I had the privilege to call on just before my departure from Delhi for Abidjan. He wished for the happiness and wellbeing of Your Excellency and your family as well as for the peace, stability and prosperity of the friendly people of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. 


4.        I also had the opportunity to be debriefed in Delhi by the then Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, H.E. Mrs. Preneet Kaur, who had visited Cote d’Ivoire in January 2014. Your Excellency would recall her landmark visit which witnessed conclusion and signing of two important agreements between India and Cote d’Ivoire.  While conveying that she was extremely impressed with your beautiful country and the leadership Your Excellency have provided to the Cote d’Ivoire, she also conveyed her personal regards to you. She was quite charmed with beauty and serenity of naturally endowed Cote d’Ivoire and also the stability and magnificent performance of the Ivorian economy during the last three years.


5.        I hope that the first meeting of the Joint Commission, agreed during the visit of Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs of India, is held in Delhi or Abidjan in 2014 to chart the path for achieving the true potential of our bilateral relationship.   


6.        Excellency, you have recently passed on the baton of ECOWAS to your neighbour after steering it for about 2 years. India appreciates your personal contribution and the positive role played by Cote d’Ivoire in resolving the crises in the region, while being at the helm of affairs in ECOWAS. 


7.        The current world economic situation and the challenges posed by fast evolving political developments around the globe, call for closer cooperation among the countries of the South. You would recall that India was a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during 2011-12; a period when Cote d’Ivoire suffered political crisis. I need not over emphasize the constructive role played by India during this period by being a catalyst to achieve peace and stability in Cote d’Ivoire.


8.        I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that India firmly believes in need for comprehensive reform of global political and economic governance institutions, particularly the expansion of the UN Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories to effectively respond to global challenges and reflect contemporary geo-political realities. 


9.        Excellency, the partnership between India and Cote d’Ivoire in the economic realm is an epitome of South-South Cooperation signifying demand driven, non-conditionality and win-win approach.


10.      Indian has extended several Lines of Credit to Cote d’Ivoire totaling USD 112.3 million since 2005. Under these 8 (eight) projects aggregating USD 62.3 million have been approved and USD 53.35 million have been disbursed. The Mahatma Gandhi Technology Park was launched jointly by Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs of India and H.E. Mr. Daniel Kablan DUNCAN, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire on 24 January 2014 at Grand Bassam. 


11.      As we move towards the third India-Africa Forum Summit, I take this opportunity to recall the implementation of decisions of the first two Summits. The Pan Africa e-Network Project in Cote d’Ivoire, operating at Cocody University and Yopougon Civil Hospital, is providing tele-education facilities to a large number of Ivorian students to get quality education from India without incurring the high costs involved in travelling and stay. India has also offered to send a team of expert from National Institute of Rural Development to establish the Rural Technology Park.


12.      As a unique characteristic of South-South Cooperation, India is committed to capacity building of Cote d’Ivoire, particularly in human resource development.  In the year 2013-14, 85 Ivorian students availed of training in a variety of areas under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) and travelled to India under fully paid scholarships. In addition, 10 Ivorian students went on full scholarship for professional courses, post graduation, post doctoral and visiting fellowship programs.


13.      To further build and strengthen our economic linkages, I am expecting to receive business delegations from the apex chambers of commerce in India. I seek the fullest cooperation and involvement of your Government to maximize the gains from visit of such delegations to enhance bilateral trade and deepen investments.    


14.      Excellency, you are aware that India, the largest democracy in the world, has recently undergone the mammoth exercise of General Elections. Following the peaceful and successful elections, a new Government led by the dynamic Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi has taken over. I may add that the election authorities in Cote d’Ivoire may like to take advantage of the training facilities available with the Election Commission of India.


15.      On this short note, Excellency, I have the honour to present to you the Letter of Credence from the President of the Republic of India accrediting me as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and the Letter of Recall of my predecessor.


16.      I wish to avail this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency my sincere gratitude for receiving me today. I shall do my utmost to carry out responsibilities that devolve upon me with this ceremony.  I would like to convey to Your Excellency and the friendly people of Cote d’Ivoire the assurances of my highest consideration. 




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