The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Mr. Didier Reynders is visiting India from August 1-5 and 8-12, 2012.
Apart from New Delhi, Mr. Reynders is visiting Agra, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Mr. Reynders will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest with Shri S.M. Krishna, Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs on 8 August 2012 in New Delhi.
Mr. Reynders has had meeting with Shri Anand Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Mukul Roy, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations. In Rajasthan, Mr. Reynders will meet Ms. Margaret Alva, Hon’ble Governor of Rajasthan.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Ministry of Mobility of Kingdom of Belgium on 2 August 2012.
India and Belgium enjoy warm and friendly relations. High level visits between the two sides have provided the much needed impetus to bilateral relations, particularly to economic interaction. The economic content of the relationship between India and Belgium continues to grow. In 2011, bilateral trade reached € 13.2 billion making Belgium the second largest trade partner for India in the goods sector within the EU.
Next year (2013) will be a significant year for India-Belgium relations as it coincides with Europalia – India festival to be held in Belgium, for which India has agreed to be the partner country. A number of cultural activities are being planned for this event.
August 7, 2012