India, South Africa Discuss UNSC Reforms

Fixing Problems of Workers Overseas is Priority: Sushma
  • Engaging in diplomacy on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) event  Prime Minister Narendra Modi had substantive meetings with Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana; Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa and Showkutally Soodhun, Vice Prime Minister Mauritius.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to visit South Africa in the first quarter of this year to pursue opportunities for economic ties particularly in infrastructure and mining.
  • Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs told a press conference :India and South Africa discussed the need for UN Security Council reforms especially when 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the international body
  • In his discussion with Mr. Ramotar, Mr. Modi assured a line of credit worth $ 60 million to Guyana for two road and ocean ferry projects in the Caribbean country.
  • The Centre also decided to include Guyana in the list of countries whose citizens will get a visa-on-arrival facility.
  • The facility of Electronic Travel Authorization (e-Visa) has also been introduced to save time.
  • A deeper engagement with Mauritius is also on the cards with the country inviting Mr. Modi to pay a visit onMarch 12.
  • Mr. Modi took a tour of ‘Dandi Kutir’ – a conical three-storey museum dedicated to Gandhiji – constructed in Gandhinagar.
  • At the occasion, two stamps of Rs. 25 and Rs. 5 and two coins of Rs. 100 and Rs. 10 denominations were released in the memory of Gandhiji.
  • This years PBD will honour 16 NRIs with ‘Samman Awards’.
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is among those awarded this year, will not attending the awards function to be held on 09.01.2015
  • Mr. Akbaruddin said : The award will be given to him in absentia.