Vice President visited countries in 2017 – Major topic under Current Affairs/General Awareness Category.
Vice President visited countries in 2017
Months Covered – January to July
1. Country – Rwanda
Capital – Kigali
Currency – Rwandan Franc
President – Paul Kagame
Prime Minister – Anastase Murekezi
Purpose and Notes – India and Rwanda have inked three agreements in the fields of innovation, aviation and visa requirements to boost bilateral relations. Vice President is the first Indian leader to officially visit Rwanda. He launched India-Rwanda innovation growth programme.
2. Country – Uganda
Capital – Kampala
Currency – Ugandan Shilling
President – Yoweri Museveni
Prime Minister – Ruhakana Rugunda
Purpose and Notes – This was the first high-level bilateral visit to Uganda from India since 1997. The vice president, along with wife Salma, was travelling with Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla, four MPs—Kanimozhi, Ranvijay Singh Judev, Ranee Narah and P K Biju, and senior officials. After the talks, India and Uganda decided to expand cooperation in the field of energy sector and training of personnel for space programme and peaceful use of atomic energy, even as the resource-rich East African country pitched for Indian companies to manufacture automobiles locally to discourage import of cars.
3. Country – Indonesia
Capital – Jakarta
Currency – Indonesian Rupiah
President – Joko Widodo
Prime Minister – Indonesia does not have a Prime Minister since 1959.
Purpose and Notes – Vice President Hamid Ansari attended the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on March 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia where the 21-nation grouping discussed way to strengthen maritime cooperation and fight against violent extremism. The summit, with the theme of ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’, preceded by a meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials on March 5 and a meeting of the Council of Ministers on March 6.
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4. Country – Armenia
Capital – Yerevan
Currency – Armenian Dram
President – Serzh Sargsyan
Prime Minister – Karen Karapetyan
Purpose and Notes – Vice President Ansari held talks with the top leadership of Armenia and oversaw the signing of three agreements in the field of cultural co-operation, youth affairs and peaceful use of space. The Vice President said that Armenia has old cultural links with India. He further said that it is a friendly country to India and India helped them in capacity building. The Armenian community in Kolkata had strong cultural presence, including the famous Armenian Church, he added. He further said that his visit would build on the excellent political relations and good-will the two countries shared.
5. Country – Poland
Capital – Warsaw
Currency – Polish Zloty
President – Andrzej Duda
Prime Minister – Beata Szydlo
Purpose and Notes – During his two-days visit Mr. Ansari met Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and President Andrzej Duda. They held talks concerning economy and bilateral cooperation. Among mentioned issues was food industry, mining, civil aviation and military cooperation. There were also discussion about security and science. Prime Minister mentioned growing interest of Polish education offer in India. Mrs. Szydło underlined traditionally friendly Indo-Polish relations and dubbed India as one of the crucial partners out of Europe.
President Visited Countries in 2017
Note: President did not visit any country in the first half of the year 2017
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