Ram Nath Kovind Current Affairs

India Water Week inaugurated by President

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 5th edition of India Water Week (IWW) with theme “Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth” in New Delhi.  About 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries will attend five day international event.

The event will be celebrated with a multi-disciplinary conference and a concurrently running exhibition enriching theme and showcasing technologies and solutions available for areas under deliberation of the meet. The event will have many major components like water, food and energy security – essential requirement for sustainable development, water for inclusive growth, water and society and sustainable energy development – Key for all round economic growth.

Background

Government is organising India Water Week since 2012 as an annual international event on order to establish an international event focused on water resources of India. The first event was organised in New Delhi in 2012 with theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security: Call for Solutions’. So far, four editions of India Water Week have been organised in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. The recommendations and action points emerged during earlier events of India Water Week have been sent to all concerned Ministries of Central Government as well as all state governments for their appropriate implementation.

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India, Djibouti sign pact on bilateral consultations

India and Djibouti have signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign Office-level bilateral consultations between both countries.

The agreement was signed during President Ram Nath Kovind’s first leg of his four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia. President Ram Nath Kovind is first Indian leader to visit Djibouti and it was also his maiden trip abroad since taking office.

India-Djibouti Relations

Djibouti is strategically located at confluence of Red Sea with Indian Ocean in Horn of Africa and crossroads connecting Africa, Middle East and Asia. Contacts between India and Djibouti existed since ancient times. Historically, port of Adulis in Djibouti was hub of maritime trade for Indian seafarers for trading in spices and silk for gold and ivory.

Djibouti had opened its embassy in New Delhi in 2004, but India still does not have embassy in Djibouti. India’s relations are based on handful of diaspora and limited trade links from ancient times. In recent times, Djibouti has acquired major significance as result of geopolitical developments and presence of military bases of US and China side by side. Djibouti had supported India during Operation Rahat for evacuating Indians from war-torn Yemen in 2015.

Bilateral trade between both countries is on increase and is in India’s favor. In 2014-15, bilateral trade stood at US$ 239.43 million (India’s exports were US $ 237.96 million and India’s imports US $ 1.47 million). Most of trade with Djibouti actually serves growing market in Ethiopia. The main items in Indian exports were iron & steel products, paper and plastic products.

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