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Speech by His Excellency Mr. Dinesh Bhatia Ambassador of India to the Republic of Liberia

 

 

 

Speech by His Excellency Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, Ambassador of India 

To the Republic of Liberia

At

The Credentials Presentation Ceremony on 03 July 2014 at Monrovia, Liberia

 

Your Excellency Madam President,

 

It is my great honour and privilege to be appointed as Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Republic of Liberia. At the outset, let me mention here that Protocol of the Government of Republic of Liberia has received me extremely well since my arrival here in Monrovia.

 

2.        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. 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 Liberia. 

 

3.        It is a matter of great satisfaction that the bilateral relations between our two countries have deepened and are growing as evidenced by the exchange of high level visits to each other’s country, including the recent First State Visit to India by Your Excellency from 9-12 September 2013 during which Your Excellency received India’s most prestigious award, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2012.  Your Excellency, I would like to personally congratulate you on being conferred this Award. 

 

4.        There have also been high level official visits from India to Liberia including by the then Minister of State for External Affairs of India, H.E. Dr. Shashi Tharoor in September 2009 and the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, H.E. Mr. Valayar Ravi in February 2010. You would also recall the visit of a high level Indian Business delegation from the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) from 8-9 April 2013 to explore investment and business opportunities in Liberia.

 

5.        Excellency, the amicable historical ties of friendship and mutually beneficial high level cooperation and relations that exist between India and Liberia are underpinned by the two countries’ shared commitment to peace and democracy, and most especially fostered by their adherence to the principles and Charters of United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and other International Organizations.

 

6.        Liberia has been consistently supportive of India’s request for candidatures in elections at various United Nations, its various Organs and Specialized Bodies, as well as India’s position on matters of global importance including reform of United Nations, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Your Excellency, I would like to convey sincere thanks and appreciation for the valuable support from the Republic of Liberia.

 

7.        Liberia recently celebrated the 10th Anniversary of uninterrupted peace in the country since the end of the Liberian civil war in 2003 and elections in 2005, in conformity with the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord signed by the Parties to the conflict. This peace could be largely attributed to Your Excellency’s sound governance policies of social inclusiveness, opening up of the democratic space, visionary leadership and also due to the resilience of Liberians themselves.

 

8.        With reference to the Government of Liberia’s ambitious long term development agenda titled Vision 2030 or Lift Liberia, I would like to assure Your Excellency that Government of India’s willingness to support Liberia’s development initiatives. We are encouraging more Indian businesses to explore investments in Liberia, particularly in crucial sectors such as agriculture, rural development, microfinance, infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors.  India is also an active partner of Liberia in the technical fields, health and education.

 

9.        Your Excellency, India is appreciative of the pivotal role that you have continued to play in the world affairs as well as of your leadership in the African region and West African sub-region, particularly while Co-Chairing along with British Prime Minister and President of Indonesia of the UN High-Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons which drew up a post-MDG Global Development Framework, Chairing the African High Level Panel, set up by the African Union (AU) to formulate the African Common Position (ACP) on Post-2015 Development Agenda and heading the Mano River, Union, a sub-regional body comprising Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire for four consecutive years. 

           

10.      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. Excellency, the partnership between India and Liberia in the economic realm is an epitome of South-South Cooperation signifying demand driven, non-conditionality and win-win approach.

 

11.      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. 

 

12.      As you are aware, the Government of India accepted to provide a Line of Credit for US$ 144 million for Liberia’s ambitious Power Transmission and Distribution Project.  The negotiations on the modalities of its utilization are currently going on between the EXIM Bank of India and the Government of the Republic of Liberia. I hope speedy implementation of this would positively contribute to the overall growth of Liberia.

 

13.      India is committed to contribute in the capacity building of Liberia.  In the year 2013-14, 43 Liberian students availed the facility of training in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC). Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) had also approved 8 slots for graduate and post graduate studies for the year 2014-15. Liberians have also been benefiting from other capacity building trainings in India under the decisions of IAFS held in Addis Ababa in 2011.

 

14.      Excellency, PAN African e-network project has been completed and is operational. Under IAFS I and II, India has committed to set up an IT Centre, a Farm Science Centre and a training centre for women in the Solar Energy sector.  India has also offered to set up an additional Vocational Training Centre (NSIC) in Liberia. 

 

15.      I am glad that the Indian community in Liberia is contributing to the economic development in a significant manner and living in social harmony in Liberia.

 

16.      Excellency, last but not the least, 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 Liberia may like to take advantage of the training facilities available with the Election Commission of India.

 

17.      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 Liberia and the Letter of Recall of my predecessor.

 

18.      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 Liberia the assurances of my highest consideration. 

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