DAKAR: Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu will visit Gabon, Senegal and Qatar from 30 May-07 June 2022. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar and three Members of Parliament, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi (Rajya Sabha), Shri Vijay Pal Singh Tomar (Rajya Sabha) and Shri P. Ravindhranath (Lok Sabha).
This will be the first visit from India at the level of Vice President to all three countries. This will also be the first-ever high level visit from India to Gabon and to Senegal.
The visits to Gabon and to Senegal will add momentum to India’s engagement with Africa and emphasise India’s commitment to the African continent.
The visit to Qatar, as both sides prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, will further enhance the bilateral ties.
A number of bilateral documents are expected to be concluded during the visit to the three countries.
Official Visit to Gabon
Vice President will be in Gabon from 30 May to 01 June 2022. During the visit, he will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister of Gabon H.E. Ms. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. Vice President will call on President of Gabon H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba and meet other dignitaries.
He will also interact with the business community in Gabon and address the Indian diaspora.
Gabon is an important partner for India. Both India and Gabon are currently serving as non-permanent members of the UNSC. Bilateral trade reached US$ 1.12 billion in 2021-22.
A number of Gabonese nationals pursue scholarship / training programmes offered by India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and ICCR schemes.
State Visit to Senegal
Vice President will be in Senegal from 01-03 June 2022. During the visit, he will hold delegation level talks with President of Senegal H.E. Mr. Macky Sall. Vice President will meet President of the National Assembly H.E. Mr. Moustapha Niasse, and other dignitaries. He will also attend a business roundtable and address the Indian community.
Senegal is the current Chair of the African Union. India-Senegal bilateral trade reached US$ 1.65 billion in 2021-22.
India has offered a total of 16 Lines of Credit amounting to US$ 350 million and Buyer’s Credit of about US$ 305 million in various sectors. India’s capacity building training programs under ITEC are popular in Senegal.
India and Senegal are celebrating the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
Official Visit to Qatar
Vice President will be in Qatar from 04-07 June 2022. During the visit, Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with Qatar’s Deputy Amir, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Thani, and review bilateral cooperation.
Vice President will meet several other Qatari dignitaries during this visit. He will also address a business roundtable in Qatar.
A Community Reception will be held on the occasion of the Vice President’s visit, where he will address the members of the diverse Indian community in Qatar.
People-to-people contacts are at the heart of the historical relations between India and Qatar, with the latter hosting over 750,000 Indians.
The multifaceted cooperation between the two sides has witnessed significant growth in economic, energy, investment, education, defence, and cultural ties.
Bilateral trade crossed $15 billion in FY 2021-22. Qatar has also committed investments of over US$ 2 billion in various Indian companies over the past two years.