ArmInfo. The meeting on the agenda of Armenian-Indian economic cooperation was held in the residence of Armenian President.
According to the head of the country press service, Armenian Ambassador to India Armen Martirosyan reported to President Serzh Sargsyan about the work carried out to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation in promising areas.
Stressing that Armenia and India celebrate 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year, Sargsyan noted that this is a good opportunity to sum up the results of the past path and outline directions for expanding bilateral relations, especially their economic component. According to the President, for this there are all the makings, because over the recent years, historical friendly relations have been translated into a warm interstate and partner plane. "Despite the high level of Armenian-Indian relations based on strong historical ties, nevertheless, I believe that the existing potential has not been used in full. The Indian economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, and relations with this country are a direct necessity, and first of all deepening of economic relations. Undoubtedly, the role of Armenian-Indian intergovernmental commission is of great importance in this matter, agenda of which should be refreshed with new and targeted issues that must be diverse - starting from cooperation in the field of information technologies ending with agriculture, tourism, diamond cutting, "the Armenian leader said. At the same time, he noted that there are many successful examples. As an example, Sargsyan cited the activities of the Armenian-Indian center of excellence in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which he believes is doing a lot of work.
"We also attach importance to the assistance of India on creation of computer network in the regional schools of the republic, which, in cooperation with ICT, is also involved in the implementation of educational programs. In general, in India, serious work has been done in this area, they have great experience and serious opportunities, and based on this, taking into account our capabilities in this area, cooperation in this area should be more intensive. I also want to give an example of our cooperation in education and science. Many know that thousands of students from India are educated in Armenia today, of course, in parallel they get acquainted with our culture, history, and returning to their homeland join the ranks of our friends, "Sargsyan said. And in this context, he noted that he had not been in Yerevan Medical University for so long and got acquainted with the programs being implemented. According to him, the university administration is ready to make efforts to increase the number of students from India, which in turn will promote cooperation in the field of education and health.
Sargsyan also believes that there is a serious potential for development of cooperation in the field of pharmaceuticals, where India has serious successes. "Undoubtedly, we have a great potential in the field of agriculture. As far as I know, we have a working group, and in previous years mutual visits were organized. I believe that cooperation in the field of agricultural machinery can also be quite effective. Serious work is needed in the development of tourism. We need certainty, in what areas and what should be done so as not to sound the figures and indicators that are not in tune with the level of our relations, I mean the trade and economic sphere, where there is great potential ", said Sargsyan. According to the results of the meeting, Armenian President gave a number of instructions, which will also be included in the agenda of Armenian-Indian intergovernmental commission.