In this article, we will go through the Relations and Partnership between India and Lithuania on Various Sectors. India and Lithuania has very close relationship with each other and has partnered on various platforms to take the relationship ahead. The first political contact between India and independent Lithuania took place in June 1992, when the then Prime Minister of India Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao, met Mr. Vytautas Landsbergis, the first President of Lithuania, during the Rio Earth Summit.
India and Lithuania Relations
- Lithuania has developed expertise in Laser Technology and is currently exporting its technology to various countries.
- Indian University can take the benefit of Cutting Edge Laser Technology from Lithuania in the field of Research.
- Indian exports to Lithuania include vegetable saps and extracts, fish fillets and other fish meat, medicaments, footwear, extracts, essences and concentrates of coffee, tea or mate, ferro-alloys, carpets, rice.
- Lithuanian exports to India include mineral or chemical fertilizers, potassic, dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, wadding of textile materials, nickel waster and scrap, diagnostic or laboratory reagents on backing,
- An important development in the economic field has been the investment of about US$200 million by Indorama, a Lohia Group company, from their Thailand branch, in the Klaipeda Economic Zone in a plant to manufacture plastic resin. This investment has given visibility to India in Lithuania.
- India and Lithuania signed an agreement on Trade and Economic Co-operation, in July 1993
- India and Lithuania signed an agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTAA), in July, 2011.
- India and Lithuania signed a Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA), in March, 2011.
- Friendship Societies: There are two friendship societies, namely Indian Cultural and Information Centre (ICIC) [established in 2005], and Indian Lithuanian forum (ILF) Vilnius [established in 2010] are currently operational in Lithuania to promote Indian culture through performing arts, cinema, literature and festivals.
- Cultural Relations: Lithuanians have great interest in Indian cultural traditions, including Yoga. An estimated 70% Lithuanians visiting India have spiritual and yogic interests. There is special interest in Ayurveda. The Kaunas Ayurveda Centre arranges lectures on Ayurveda. The ISKCON Movement has a very active temple in Kaunas.
- Forum: The India Lithuania Forum was inaugurated in the Lithuanian Parliament in September 2010. This was the result of the initiative taken by the Lithuanian Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
This forum provides support to various NGOs, individuals and institutions that are interested in India to reinforce India’s multi-faceted relationship encompassing culture, education, business and science
- India Baltic Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) was set up in 2009 and a business delegation of 22 members had accompanied the Foreign Minister of Lithuania in December 2009 to India.
- Ayurveda and Yoga: Lithuanians have great interest in Indian cultural traditions, including Yoga. An estimated 70% Lithuanians visiting India have spiritual and yogic interests. There is special interest in Ayurveda. The Kaunas Ayurveda Centre arranges lectures on Ayurveda. The ISKCON Movement has a very active temple in Kaunas. You check more on MEA Official website.
- Education: In January 2011, the first ever ICCR Chair (long-term) of Indian Studies in the Baltic States was established based on the MoU signed between ICCR and the MykolasRomeris University (Vilnius). The visiting professor was with the University for two years – till June 2014. ICCR has signed an agreement with the Vilnius University in January 2015 for establishment of an ICCR Chair of Indian studies.
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