August 14, 2019
Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from 17th-21st August 2019. The Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Smt. Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha , Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and senior officers of the Government of India.
India and Baltic countries have historical connect and common linguistic roots. The cutting edge technology and innovation ecosystems of the Baltic countries complement India’s huge market and appetite for these technologies. Hon’ble VP’s visit will be the first ever high level visit to the three Baltic countries .The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial engagement.
Lithuania ( 17-19 August, 2019)
India and Lithuania relations are based on mutual trust, understanding and support to each other on issues of core interest. Hon’ble Vice President will arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania on 17th August. He will have detailed bilateral meeting with President of Lithuania, H.E. Gitanas Nauseda and will meet Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas ( Lithuanian Parliament) . During the visit, he will also interact with Indian community and address the India-Lithuania Business Forum.
Latvia (19-20 August, 2019)
In Latvia, the Hon’ble VP will have bilateral meeting with President of Latvia, H.E. Mr Eglis Levits . He will also meet with H.E. Mr Krisjanis Karins, the Prime Minister of Latvia and H.E. Ms Inese Libina-Egnere, the Acting Speaker of the Saeima(Latvian Parliament). He will also attend the Business Forum co-organized by Latvian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Indian Chamber ASSOCHAM .Hon’ble Vice President will lay the wreath at Freedom Monument of Latvia and will unveil the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in National Library of Latvia. He will also interact with the Indian community.
Estonia ( 20-21 August, 2019)
Engagements of the Vice President in Estonia will include meetings with President of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister H.E. Mr Juri Ratas and the President of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), H.E. Mr Henn Polluaas. As a special privilege , Hon’ble Vice President will also address the Estonian Head of Mission’s conference on India’s role in Indo-Pacific and address at the India-Estonia business forum led by CII from Indian side. He will meet with the Indian community in Estonia.
The visit of Vice President to the three Baltics countries is to advance India’s outreach to the important countries in the region. This visit will provide an opportunity to brief the Baltic countries and their views on enhanced opportunities for cooperation, thus further strengthening our existing friendly ties.