Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson met Chief Minister of Maharastra Prithviraj Chavan in the Indian state’s capital Mumbai last weekend.
Icelandic Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson (right) and Chief Minister of Maharastra Prithviraj Chavan.
Mumbai is, along with being a center for trade and finance, India’s movie capital, nicknamed Bollywood, and possible cooperation in filmmaking was discussed.
The ministers also discussed the possibilities of increased trade between Iceland and India, for example in fisheries and geothermal energy.
Maharastra is India’s second-largest state which has approximately 110 million inhabitants. The state has geothermal areas which the authorities are keen on harnessing to meet the country’s energy needs, a press release from Iceland’s Foreign Ministry states.
Skarphédinsson offered Iceland’s experience in harnessing renewable energy and suggested further cooperation between Icelandic and Indian companies in that field and Chavan agreed.
The ministers also mentioned plans for Indian specialists to study at the United Nations University Geothermal and Fisheries Training Programs, which are located in Iceland.
Skarphédinsson and Governor of Maharastra Kateekal Sankaranarayanan.
The opening of the Icelandic Consulate in Mumbai. From left to right: Iceland’s Counselor Gul Kripalani, Foreign Minister Skarphédinsson and Iceland’s Ambassador to India Gudmundur Eiríksson. Photos courtesy of Iceland’s Foreign Ministry.
Later in the day, Skarphédinsson met Kateekal Sankaranarayanan, the state’s governor, who also talked about possible cooperation between Iceland and India in the aforementioned fields.
On Friday the Icelandic minister opened a new consulate for Iceland in Mumbai. The counselor for Iceland in the city is Gul Kripalani, the founder and managing director of the Indian fisheries company Pijikay.
The consulate’s address can be found here.
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