Wave of foreign visits begins with Thai princess

New Delhi, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 05:30am hrs
Several high-level dignitaries will be visiting India from November 18 onwards to foster bilateral ties with special focus on trade and economy.

Among the first is Lee Kuan Yew, minister-mentor of Singapore who will be coming to deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial lecture in New Delhi on November 21. He will first visit Hyderabad to see the Cyber Pearl facility, and then Bangalores Infosys and International Tech Park.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambag Yudhoyono will pay a four-day visit to India from November 21 to have have wide-ranging discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on November 23 on the entire range of bilateral issues, besides exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Arriving on Friday is Samuel Lewis Navarro, vice-president of Panama, who also holds charge of the foreign ministry. Accompanied by a 22-member delegation of officials and business- men, he will spend a week here in discussions with the Indian delegation led by minister of state for external affairs Rao Inderjit Singh, commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath and Indian businessmen under the aegis of CII.

Bilateral trade between India and Panama in 2004 was about $60 million. For Indian companies, Panama is the gateway to the larger markets of Central America and the Carribean.