India in Mexico Newsletter April 2019

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A Monthly Newsletter | Vol. III, No. 4 | April 2019


Foundation Day

Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi se reuniรณ con la Subsecretaria de Comercio Exterior

In this Issue LEAD STORIES ICCR Foundation Day Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi se reunió con la Subsecretaria de Comercio Exterior El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi realizó una visita a Chiapas Fomentando la cultura de la India a través del Centro Cultural (Mundo Internacional) Celebrando el 150 Aniversario del nacimiento de Mahatma Gandhi (Mundo Internacional) BUSINESS Ambassador met the Minister of Agriculture of Mexico El Embajador de India se reunió con el Secretario de Agricultura de Sinaloa Plastimagen 2019 FAMEX 2019 CULTURAL CONNECT Baisakhi 2019 La Embajada recibe a alumnos de la Universidad de Guadalajara La Compañía Sattriya Dance de Prerona Bhuyan & Madhusmita Bora se presentaron en la Embajada Kolkata hosts Mexico’s world heritage IN MEDIA Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi speaks to PRO Magazine Sinaloa promueve comercialización del maíz y garbanzo a la India y Sudáfrica India seeks Mexican crude to meet its growing energy needs Zensar starts operation in Mexico, LATAM Develan busto de Mahatma Gandhi en Jardín Reforma de Guanajuato capital – Zona Franca Descubren busto de Gandhi en la capital FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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ICCR Foundation Day The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations. The ICCR Foundation Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm on 9th April at the Embassy of India in Mexico. On this occasion, Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi inaugurated an exhibition “India- Una Mirada”, a collection of beautiful photographs by Pablo Dávila at the Gurudev Tagore Indian Cultural Centre.

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The celebrations also included dance and musical performances as well as a reception hosted by the Ambassador. The alumni of ICCR scholarships shared their experiences of studying in India. Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi also unveiled the GTICC brochure related to various activities and released a promotional video of GTICC.


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Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Shri Ram Sutar The Government of India is commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 2019. Several activities have been planned and held to mark this occasion. Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi and Mayor of Guanajuato unveiled a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi sculpted by Padma Bhushan awardee Shri Ram Sutar in Guanajuato- a UNESCO World Heritage city in Mexico on 26th April, 2019. The donation of this bust was announced by Ambassador Pardeshi during Cervantino Festival in October 2018 in which India participated as the Guest of Honour Country. This will remain as a permanent memory of India’s participation in Cervantino 2018. They also inaugurated a photo exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi at the House of Culture which is open up to 30 May.

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Chart of activities undertaken under Gandhi@150 program in Mexico and Belize Rendered by Eugenia Leon from Mexico.

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Rendered by a group of local singers in Belize.

Contribution of articles for Gandhi Anthol- 1. Ms. Sonia Deotto from Mexico 2. H.E Sir Colville N. Young, Governor General of Belize ogy Online quiz on Mahatma Gandhi

Embassy is conducting quiz over its social media platforms every week. Delivered by Ms.Sonia Deotto.

Satya Varta – Talk on Internet/ Youtube

Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October, 2018 Exhibition on Gandhi as a part of Cervantino International Festival,2018 Ora World Mandala- An Iniative for Peace, Book Launch by eminent Gandhian Sonia Deotto Talk on Gandhi at National Autonomous University of Mexico(UNAM)

Embassy officials offered floral tributes at the Gandhi statue, Chapultepec. Embassy also organized an event in the auditorium. Eminent Gandhian – Radha Bhatt visited Embassy and delivered a talk on Relevance of Gandhi in 21st Century. India being Guest of Honor Country at Cervantino Festival 2018, Ambassador inaugurated an exhibition in Guanajuato in October. Ambassador attended the event and spoke on the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. Delivered by Embassy officials as a part of South Asia Programme of the University.

Exhibition on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi

Inaugurated by Ambassador on 9 January 2019 as part of celebrations of PBD.

Martyrs Day, 30 January

Marked at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Festival de Arte Textil, Circuito Cultural Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, 8-10 February 2019

Gandhi movie screened at this festival along with inauguration of a photo exhibition on Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi Internet Resource Centre, Orange Walk, Belize

10 computers have been donated by the Embassy of India to Belize. The Centre was inaugurated on 21st February, 2019.

Donation of bust of Mahatma Gandhi to the city of Guanajuato

Ambassador unveiled the bust along with Mayor of Guanajuato on 26th April, 2019.

Planting of 150 trees to commemorate World Environment Day on 5th June, 2019. Gandhi Exhibition in Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Memory and Tolerance), Mexico City India as the Guest of Honor Country at International Book Fair, Guadalajara, November 2019

Upcoming events In collaboration with the Municipality of Miguel Hidalgo The exhibition will be inaugurated in July 2019. NBT to translate/publish books on Gandhi in Spanish and display as part of the India Pavilion.

El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi se reunió con la Subsecretaria de Comercio Exterior El Embajador de India, Muktesh Pardeshi se reunió con la Subsecretaria de Comercio Exterior, Dra. Luz María de la Mora para examinar las cuestiones relativas a las relaciones bilaterales de comercio e inversión entre India y México. También conversaron acerca de la reunión del Grupo Bilateral de Alto Nivel que esta previsto que se celebre en India en los próximos meses.

El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi realizó una visita a Chiapas

El Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi realizó una visita a Chiapas en donde se reunió con el Gobernador Rutilio Escandón, con quien conversó acerca de la cooperación entre India y este estado de México. También visitó la comunidad indígena de Zinacantan, donde estuvo acompañado por el Secretario para el Desarrollo Sustentable de los Pueblos Indígenas del estado, Emilio Ramón Ramírez.

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Ambassador met the Minister of Agriculture of Mexico Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi and Dr. Ramesh Chand, member of Niti Aayog, India met the Minister of Agriculture of Mexico to discuss opportunities for enhancing agriculture co-operation between the two countries. India-Mexico agriculture co-operation goes back to 1960s when Mexico was instrumental in India’s Green Revolution.

Reunión con el Secretario de Agricultura de Sinaloa El Secretario de Agricultura del Estado de Sinaloa, Ing.Manuel Esteban Tarriba Urtuzuástegui y su equipo se reunieron con el Embajador Muktesh Pardeshi y la representación comercial de la Embajada. Dialogaron acerca de las oportunidades comerciales entre India y Sinaloa, especialmente de productos como el maíz y garbanzo


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Plastimagen 2019 Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi visited India Pavilion where 14 companies from the plastics sector of India participated in Mexico's biggest plastics expo - Plastimagen - under the banner of Plexconcil (Plastics Exports Promotion Council) from 2-5 April, 2019. India exported plastics goods worth 98 million USD to Mexico in 2017-2018

FAMEX 2019 The Embassy of India participated in the biggest aerospace fair of Mexico, FAMEX 2019, from 24 to 27th April. The Embassy setup a stall to promote Make in India, particularly the opportunities in the Defence Manufacturing sector. FAMEX was inaugurated by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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Baisakhi 2019 The Embassy of India celebrated Baisakhi on 14th April. The evening started by rendition of Kirtan. Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi addressed the audience followed by presentation of Bhangra dances and Gatka -martial arts from Punjab. The Indian community in Mexico welcomed this Spring with a spirit of brotherhood and harmony.

La Embajada recibe a alumnos de la Universidad de Guadalajara

Estudiantes de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Guadalajara visitaron la Embajada de India y tuvieron una reunión con sus diplomáticos con quienes sostuvieron discusiones fructíferas acerca de la relación bilateral India-México, la rica cultura de la India y su posición en el entorno global. Durante las pláticas se destacó que India es el invitado de honor de este año para la Feria Internacional del Libro que se celebra en la ciudad tapatía.


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La Compañía Sattriya Dance de Prerona Bhuyan & Madhusmita Bora se presentaron en la Embajada El miércoles 10 de abril se presentó en el auditorio de la India In Mexico (Embassy of India, Mexico City) la compañía Sattriya Dance de Prerona Bhuyan y Madhusmita Bora. El espectáculo dancístico fue ovacionado con gratitud por la audiencia.

Kolkata hosts Mexico’s world heritage A photo-exhibition of images portraying the UNESCO World Heritage sites and practices of Mexico was opened at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata. “Mexico in the World Heritage”, a collection of 44 photographs by Mexican photographer Adalberto Ríos Szalay is organized by the Embassy of Mexico in India, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Commenting on the significance of showcasing this unique exhibition, Mr. Santiago Ruy reiterated the intent of Mexico to share its cultural wealth with the rest of the world, “We want to share with our friends in India, this immense Mexican cultural and historical wealth, especially with those who do not have the opportunity to see it. It is a cultural exhibition, as well as a touristic exhibition”. With an astounding diversity of natural and cultural heritage, as of 2018 Mexico is home to 35 World Heritage Sites considered by UNESCO to be of outstanding value to humanity. Mexico has the largest number of heritage sites in the American continent, and is ranked 7th in the world, just after India which has 37 sites listed.

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Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi speaks to PRO Magazine

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Sinaloa promueve comercialización del maíz y garbanzo a la India y Sudáfrica

El Gobierno del Estado de Sinaloa promueve la comercialización de granos hacia India y Sudráfica. El secretario de Agricultura y Ganadería del Estado, Manuel Tarriba, se reunió con los embajadores de ambas naciones, a quienes les ofreció el maíz y garbanzo producido en Sinaloa. La primera reunión de trabajo se realizó en la embajada de la India en México, donde fueron atendidos por el embajador Muktesh K. Pardeshi y su cuerpo diplomático. “Derivado del interés en la importación de productos agrícolas por parte de la India –dijo el secretario Tarriba- la Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería tuvo un acercamiento con su Embajada, con la finalidad de crear lazos comerciales para la exportación de maíz y garbanzo, cultivos que requieren de un protocolo por parte de ambos gobiernos federales, con quienes se estará trabajando de cerca para su firma con el objetivo de que Sinaloa sea proveedor permanente de estos granos”. El crecimiento de comercio bilateral entre India y México ha incrementado un 74 por ciento en los últimos tres años, y la India busca diversificar la importación de productos agrícolas, por ejemplo, el aguacate cuya demanda va en crecimiento debido a las nuevas preferencias de alimentación.

Como dato referencial, se destacó que en 2016, aproximadamente el 75% de las exportaciones de maíz de Sinaloa tuvieron como destino Sudáfrica, por lo que se busca contar con importadores validados por parte de su Embajada para impulsar su comercialización a ese destino de nueva cuenta. Además, se revisó el tema de intercambio de técnicos especializados en tecnología agrícola, para una probable misión de cooperación entre ambas regiones. Con estas acciones de promoción, dijo el secretario Tarriba Urtuzuástegui, el Gobierno de Quirino Ordaz Coppel, a través de la Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería, promueve los productos del campo sinaloense con la finalidad de diversificar sus mercados tradicionales y con ello abrir nuevas expectativas para garantizar mejores precios.

Tarriba Urtuzuástegui agregó que la representación diplomática de la India manifestó su disposición para facilitar la organización de misiones comerciales, así como de apoyar a Sinaloa para participar en la próxima feria agroalimentaria Indus Food, que se realizará en enero de 2020, así como en abrir la puerta para becas universitarias y estancias cortas para profesionales, lo que representa una importante oportunidad de intercambio académico, comercial e industrial para nuestro estado. Derivado del decremento publicado en la producción de maíz blanco por parte de Sudáfrica en esta temporada, se detectó la oportunidad de reforzar los lazos comerciales por parte de Sinaloa con la finalidad de una posible exportación, razón por la cual se sostuvo una entrevista con el primer secretario de la Embajada de Sudáfrica, Adriaan du Pisanie. India in Mexico • April 2019


India seeks Mexican crude to meet its growing energy needs Mexico has emerged as the most important supplier of crude oil for India. In fact, India is the third biggest market of Mexican crude oil and there is a great potential for it to grow further. Its export to India in this commodity has always been rising however in terms of value it shows fluctuation because of international prices. Mexico is one of the top oil producers in the with its production at 110 mt. According to the Indian ambassador to Mexcio, Mukhtesh Pardeshi, “Mexico has become a reliable partner in our energy security. The country has exported $ 3.73 billion of crude oil to India with an increase of 36% over the previous year. In 2010, Mexico exported 8.36 million barrels, which rose continuously to 50.89 million barrels in 2017 to India.” “Unfortunately, the Mexican export basket is not very diversified and 75% of the basket is occupied by crude oil,” he adds. Sources have also confirmed to Financial Express Online that with the political uncertainty continuing in Venezuela and Indian companies shutting down its crude imports from that country, to meet its growing energy needs, India has started looking at expanding its imports from other countries in the South American region. The Indian private companies have started seeking other markets for buying crude. According to diplomatic sources after the India-Mexico bilateral trade touch an all time high of $10 billion for the first time ever, both sides are keen on expanding their relations in the energy sector as well as other important minerals and metals. Earlier this year, at the Petrotech 2019, Rocio Nahle Garcia, Minister of Energy, Mexico while highlighting the vision of her government towards an affordable energy, said that there are plans to bring in reforms which would privatize energy production and ensure clean energy. Garcia had also met with her Indian counterpart Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan and the two sides had discussed the possibility of the Indian companies participating various energy related projects in that country. Reportedly there has been decline in production at the state owned oil company Pemex in Mexico, with new reforms in place Indian companies are expected to participate in production, exploration and extraction.


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Zensar starts operation in Mexico, LATAM

Zensar,a leading digital solutions and technology services Company that specializes in partnering with global organizations across industries on their Digital transformation journey, announced its expansion into the Latin American market with the launch of its operations in-Mexico City, Mexico. The operations will focus on supporting the Company’s customers in North America and the local region. Commenting on this announcement, Sandeep Kishore, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Zensar said, “Mexico is a strategic choice for us due to its proximity to our key customers based in the US and the availability of local talent. We are committed to investing in geographies that add to our global business growth and customer convenience.” Venky Ramanan, Executive Vice-President and Head, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing, Zensar said, “Our Mexico operations will support some of our key customers in North America and Mexico across varied digital technologies. There will be focus on investing in local talent and developing them to build capabilities that will bring value to our customers.” The current team of approximately 50 local recruits will be working on a hi-tech manufacturing customer based in North America. Additionally, Zensar will be also serving local customers in the retail domain. The expansion plans include addition of more local hires subsequently and possible tie-ups with local educational institutions. The company considers Mexico as a critical hub for growth and expansion of its North American operations. The geographical distance, time-zone convenience with North America, English speaking local talent, ease of doing business, operational efficiencies are some of the reasons which makes Mexico a good fit for this new geographical expansion. Additionally, the open trade policy (NAFTA), investment by Fortune 500 companies in the country, evolving legal frameworks for business operations make Mexico the right choice for the Company’s global growth and expansion objectives. Zensar is a leading digital solutions and technology services company that specialises in partnering with global organisations across industries on their Digital Transformation journey. A technology partner of choice, backed by strong track-record of innovation; credible investment in Digital solutions; assertion of commitment to client’s success, Zen-

sar ’s comprehensive range of digital and technology services and solutions enable its customers to achieve new thresholds of business performance. Zensar, with its experience in delivering excellence and superior client satisfaction through myriad technology solutions, is uniquely positioned to help them surpass challenges around running their existing business most efficiently, helping in their legacy transformation, and planning for business expansion and growth through innovative and digital ways.

Develan busto de Mahatma Gandhi en Jardín Reforma de Guanajuato capital – Zona Franca

Descubren busto de Gandhi en la capital Guanajuato.- Autoridades estatales, municipales y de la Embajada de la India en México, develaron el busto del pacifista Mahatma Gandhi en el Jardín Reforma como un símbolo de amistad entre Guanajuato y el gobierno de la India. La directora del Instituto Estatal de Cultura, Adriana Camarena, dijo que la paz es una de las necesidades más sentidas del país y del estado, por lo que se requiere el trabajo de todos para lograr una cultura de la paz. Por su parte, el embajador de India en México, Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi, se dijo agradecido porque la ciudad aceptó tener en una de sus plazas parte del legado que dejó Gandhi en el mundo.

Embajador de la India señala que el regalo del busto es un mensaje de paz y armonía Guanajuato, Gto.- Fue develado un busto de Mahatma Gandhi en el Jardín Reforma, regalo de la República de la India a la ciudad de Guanajuato; el embajador de la India en México, Muktesh K. Pardeshi, dijo que se entregaba el busto del padre de la independencia de su país, como un mensaje de paz y armonía El presidente municipal Alejandro Navarro Saldaña, señaló que significa mucho la figura de Gandhi en todo el mundo, quien demostró que se puede llegar a la paz sin violencia. La Embajada de la India en México obsequió el busto, símbolo de las coincidencias que enlazan a la Capital Cervantina de América con la patria de Gandhi, cuyo natalicio se conmemora en octubre próximo, a 150 años de distancia. “En este 2019 celebramos los 150 años del natalicio de Mahatma Gandhi. El busto, colocado en este jardín de la Reforma, representa la amistad de México con la India y es fruto de la amabilidad del señor Embajador de la India”, expresó el Presidente Municipal, acompañado por integrantes del Honorable Ayuntamiento y del cuerpo diplomático visitante. El embajador de la India en México, Muktesh K. Pardeshi, agradeció la calidez del Gobierno capitalino, en un contexto de concordia y reciprocidad que exaltó la participación de

aquel país surasiático como invitado de honor en la edición 2018 del Festival Internacional Cervantino. “Me encuentro muy agradecido con el pueblo de Guanajuato por conmemorar el natalicio de Gandhi y recordarlo como un mensajero de paz, armonía y hermandad”, dijo el diplomático en torno al pensador que falleció asesinado el 30 de enero de 1948. El 20 de octubre de 2018, durante una visita al Palacio Municipal de Guanajuato, el embajador Pardeshi anunció la donación del busto, como símbolo de la relación India-Guanajuato. Posterior a la develación del busto, el alcalde Navarro inauguró la exposición fotográfica que muestra los momentos cumbre de la cruzada de Gandhi por la paz, la cual permanecerá montada en la Casa de la Cultura durante todo un mes. India in Mexico • April 2019



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