In­dia makes His­toric State Visit

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’Donoghue-Holder

Af­ter he trav­elled some 17,000 kilo­me­ters, Saint Lu­cia played host to the first of­fi­cial state visit by a min­is­ter in the Govern­ment of In­dia, Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy, Union Min­is­ter for Skill De­vel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship (In­de­pen­dent Charge), who was in Saint Lu­cia on a three-day visit ear­lier this week. The union min­is­ter said, “This is the first visit of a union min­is­ter from the govern­ment of In­dia since our in­de­pen­dence. His­tory has been es­tab­lished.”

In a one-on-one sit­down with the STAR, the min­is­ter high­lighted his govern­ment’s bid to es­tab­lish an out­reach pro­gramme in coun­tries that share cul­tural, eco­nom­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal sim­i­lar­i­ties with his own. Saint Lu­cia and In­dia are both sit­ting mem­bers of the Com­mon­wealth.

Dur­ing his visit, the min­is­ter had the op­por­tu­nity to sit with Home, Jus­tice and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter, Her­mangild Francis, along with Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sara Flood.

He lauded the lo­cal min­is­ters’ en­thu­si­asm about the cul­tural link­age pro­pos­als with his coun­try, cit­ing specif­i­cally Min­is­ter Flood’s ex­pres­sion of grat­i­tude to In­dia for reach­ing out to the Saint Lu­cian Govern­ment.

Mr. Rudy in­di­cated that while work­ing out the bi­lat­eral agree­ments, broad con­cen­sus had been reached for a fu­ture visit to Saint Lu­cia by senior ex­ec­u­tives in his Min­istry rep­re­sent­ing the flelds of agri­cul­ture, hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism, fur­ni­ture and fix­tures.

He also high­lighted ar­eas of dis­cus­sion held with Jus­tice Min­is­ter Francis, deal­ing specif­i­cally with part­ner­ships in law en­force­ment train­ing since In­dia en­gages in a three-tier polic­ing sys­tem. This link­age would cre­ate a sig­nif­i­cant ca­pac­ity for train­ing of­fi­cers.

All of this, he hopes, will come to pass as the part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries grows.

The re­open­ing of an In­dian con­sulate here is an­other bi­lat­eral ar­range­ment that may also be on the ta­ble as the po­lit­i­cal re­la­tion­ship grows. Mr. Rudy re­marked on the strong pres­ence of the In­dian com­mu­nity here in Saint Lu­cia, as well as its eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to the is­land.

Ra­jiv Pratap Rudy, Union Min­is­ter for Skill De­vel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship has ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion for the Saint Lu­cian govern­ment to visit In­dia to en­gage in bi­lat­eral talks.

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