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Videsh Aaya Pradesh ke Dwaar: MEA launches engagement programme with Regional Media

The External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched ‘Videsh Aaya Pradesh ke Dwaar’, an engagement programme with regional media in Hyderabad, Telangana. The initiative aims enhance public diplomacy outreach of MEA and its commitment to take objectives of foreign policy to people at grassroot-level.

Videsh Aaya Pradesh ke Dwaar

The initiative involves MEA’s engagement with regional media based in different cities across the countru to communicate foreign policy priorities in simple terms. It also seeks to highlight benefits accruing to common people through its diplomatic efforts and bring domain of foreign policy closer to people. It is also intends to create pool of media professionals interested in foreign policy and guide them on connecting with MEA.

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India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

India and Ethiopia have signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after wide ranging talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

The agreement was signed during President Ram Nath Kovind’s second leg of his maiden visit abroad to Djibouti and Ethiopia

Singed Agreements

  • Trade Agreement
  • Agreement in field of Information, Communication and Media.

India-Ethiopia Relations

Bilateral partnership between India and Ethiopia rests on civilizational ties and cultural bonds. Historical linkages between both countries go back about 2,000 years of recorded history. India is amongst top trade, investment and development partner of Ethiopia.

India’s is third most important trading partner for Ethiopia. India’s exports to Ethiopia in 2012 amounted to US $ 890 million i.e. 11% of all of Ethiopia’s imports. It mainly comprised primary and semifinished iron and steel products, drugs and pharmaceuticals, machinery and instruments, metal, plastic chemicals, transport equipments, electrical materials etc. India’s annual imports from Ethiopia have stagnated in range of US $ 30million. These mainly consist of cotton, pulses and spices.

Ethiopia continues to be largest recipient of India’s concessional Lines of Credit in Africa, with commitment of over one billion dollar. India is second largest foreign investor in Ethiopia with approved investment of US $ 4.78 billion. About 40% of Indian investment is in field of commercial agriculture. India is actively playing important role of capacity building in Ethiopia in field of ITEC, education, Science and Technology and Defence etc

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