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Modi is going on a mission to Portugal, USA and Netherlands to enhance bilateral engagements

Newsroom24x7 Staff

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on his visit to Portugal, USA and Netherlands tomorrow.

On the eve of his departure, the Prime Minister said in a statement that that this visit is aimed at enhancing the bilateral engagement in various areas.

The Prime Minister, who will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June, said that the close historical and friendly ties between India and Portugal have picked up momentum after the Portugese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January this year.

Building on recent discussions, The Prime Minister said: “we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions. We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties. We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other international issues of mutual interest. I also see significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties.

I am also keen to interact with the Indian Community in Portugal during the visit.”

The Prime Minister will be in Washington, D.C. from 24 to 26 June at the invitation of the US President Donald J. Trump.

Modi said that e ha spoken with President Trump on telephone and their conversations have touched upon their common intent to take forward their productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

The Prime Minister said he looks forward to the opportunity to have an in depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide-ranging partnership between India and the United States.

India’s partnership with the United States is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not just Governments but all the stakeholders on both sides. I look forward to building a forward looking vision for our partnership with the new Administration in the United States under President Trump.

Apart from official meetings with President Trump and his cabinet colleagues, the Prime Minister will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. He will also be interacting with the Indian diaspora in the United States.

On 27 June, Modi will be visiting the Netherlands. This year the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relation. During the visit, the Prime Minister will have an official meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima.

During his meeting Prime Minister Rutte, the bilateral relations will be reviewed and there will be an exchange of views on important global issues, including counter-terrorism and climate change.

Economic relations form the core of bilateral relations between India and the Netherlands, the Prime Minister has underscored adding that the Netherlands is India’s 6th largest trading partner in the EU and 5th largest investment partner globally. The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with India”s development needs, the Prime Minister has pointed out while emphahsing that Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition.

During this visit, Modi will also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and will encourage them to join the Indian growth story.

The PM has noted that there are strong people to people relations between the two countries with the presence of second largest Indian Diaspora in Europe in the Netherlands.

The Prime said that he is looking forward to engaging with the Indian community in the Netherlands.

Friends of the Lower Mekong and the sustainabilty initiative

Newsroom24x7 Desk

Xe DonWashington DC, Feb. 3: Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, have come together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the connection between water resources, energy needs, and food security.

Carrying forward this objective, US Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos on Monday. Accompanying Mr. Shannon and Ambassador Thorne were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy.

The health of the Mekong River is essential to the economic growth and sustainable development of the region. In Cambodia, the Mekong supports the rich biodiversity of a watershed that provides more than 60 percent of the protein intake for the entire country. The river irrigates the “rice bowl” in Vietnam, where more than half of the nation’s rice production is concentrated in the provinces that make up the Mekong delta. In Laos, Thailand, and Burma, the Mekong is an important artery for transportation, a water source for aquaculture and agriculture, and a generator of electricity.

Meeting participants discussed the challenges of ensuring a future in which economic growth does not come at the expense of clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The meeting brought together senior officials from Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam alongside representatives from the United States, the Mekong River Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Union, and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

At the meeting, the U.S. delegation announced several new initiatives, including the launch of USAID’s Sustainable Mekong Energy Initiative (SMEI). Through the SMEI, the United States will promote the use of alternative energy and low-emission technologies. The delegation also announced that the Department of State will organize and send a Sustainable Energy Business Delegation to the region later this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will provide technical assistance on hydropower management and the Mississippi River Commission signed a five year extension to its agreement with the Mekong River Commission to exchange knowledge, information, and best practices. In conjunction, Counselor Shannon and Ambassador Thorne announced that the State Department will contribute $500,000 in support of a Mekong River Commission study on the impacts of hydropower on the community and environment.

In a joint statement, the United States agreed to collaborate with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and others to support development of a national energy grid inLaos. When completed, this national energy grid will help provide stable, reliable electricity to millions of people throughout the country. Counselor Shannon announced that the State Department is working with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Government of Laos to develop a “smart hydro” project that will increase the efficiency and environmental sustainability of its existing small hydropower assets and help build technical capacity in hydropower management.

The Friends of the Lower Mekong will also work together to strengthen the capacity of Lower Mekong countries to more effectively implement social and environmental safeguards such as environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental analyses. The U.S. Government, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Government of Australia plan to jointly develop a Regional Impact Assessment Training Center at the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam.

Under the auspices of the Lower Mekong Initiative, the United States is continuing successful projects like Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM) to provide technical assistance to the region on land and water use management, renewable energy, and infrastructure development. This year, $1.5 million will be spent on SIM projects in the Mekong region.

US secretary of State John Kerry even shared his personal vision for promoting sustainabilty of the Mekong in an op-ed on Foreign Policy


Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and the People’s Republic of China to the Northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the South, and Thailand to the West.

Pakxe is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak, making it the third most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers (wikipedia)