On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Prime Minister Gaston Browne received a courtesy call from the Honourable Mr. C.R. Chaudhary, India’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The visiting Minister was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner.
During the meeting, PM Browne welcomed the Indian Delegation to the island of Antigua and engaged them with further talks of cooperation between the two countries.
The Republic of India and Antigua and Barbuda established diplomatic relations in 1981, shortly after independence. Though the High Commission of India is located in Georgetown, Guyana, it is concurrently accredited to the countries of Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis. In 2011, Dr. Ram Pas Pai was appointed Honorary Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda in New Delhi. However an Indian Honorary Consul has not been established in Antigua to date.
In 2012, the Government of the Republic of India forwarded a draft copy of the Agreement with regards to the establishment of the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with Respect to Taxes.
In 2017, Indian High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda H.E. V. Mahalingham discussed with then Foreign Minister Hon. Charles Fernandez India’s plan to open a High Commission in Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Gaston Browne added his support to this next level of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Echoing his commitment to strengthening the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda, PM Browne thanked the Indian Minister of State and his delegation for their continued support to the development of Antigua and Barbuda.
The Indian Delegation also met this week with Foreign Affairs Minister E.P. Chet Greene, and Investment and Trade Minister Asot Michael.
India is the fourth largest reservoir of scientific manpower in the world and has numerous institutions engaged in frontier areas of research and development.
India is also emerging as a preferred hub for knowledge-based industries and several key global firms including Microsoft, General Electric, Intel, IBM, Boeing and Google, have established Research and Development centres in India. Indian scientific prowess is further reflected by the fact that as many as 12% of the scientists and 38% of doctors in the United States are Indians.