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Need to think Indo-Latin America ties with new minds: Diplomat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

We need to think with a "new mind" and find out areas in which and Latin America could cooperate for boosting ties in various sectors, Ambassador of to Maria Cristina Ueltschi today said. She was speaking at a session held here on 'Economic and Commercial Relations between and Latin America' organised by Aspen Centre. "and need to cooperate in various sectors and boost ties... But, we need to think with new minds, and find out areas in which we could cooperate that would be complimentary for our economy. "We must share our knowledge and create things in other countries too," she said. Ambassador of Chile to Andres Barbe said, we need symbolic gestures from both sides too. "It will be great if the Indian Prime Minister visit us, we are always there to welcome him. And, his visit would certainly boost Indo-Latin America ties," he said. "Geographically we are far, but we definitely, support each other," Barbe said. Joint Secretary, Trade Policy Division, Department of Commerce, Dammu Ravi said, is reaching out to the region, but there are few challenges that need to be addressed. "First of all we need to look at these as regions and not just countries. One has to at least look at the sub-region at least...

Also, trans-shipment takes 60-90 days from to Latin America, so that is one area. Being able to trade from far-off distance is not fashionable. Entrepreneurs need to have market access," he said. He added that doing business should be a "win-win model", as businesses, invested from outside should add value to the county in which they are operating. Ueltschi said people in learning Spanish is a display of "new mind" and, "it means, one wants to know and understand the other." Later on the sidelines, when asked about film and cultural ties, she said, "Bollywood and soap operas are beginning to become popular in our country." "An Indo-Argentinian co-production film on (Rabindranth) Tagore's relationship with Argentinian writer Victoria Ocampo is already being made, in which Indian actor Victor Banerjee is playing Tagore. So, we are cooperating in this area," she said. "Thinking of Him", besides Banerjee, stars Raima Sen in key roles.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 22:13 IST