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Bilateral Issues - May 2011

India signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Colombia for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income emanating from either country. Agreement will provide tax stability to the residents.

Second Africa-India forum summit was held at Addis Ababa (capital of Ethiopia) from 24 to 25 May 2011 under the theme: Enhancing Partnership: Shared Vision. 

First Africa-India Summit was held in April 2008 in New Delhi.

India and Uzbekistan signed an action plan on tourism cooperation in New Delhi on 16 May 2011 in the presence of the First Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Rustom Azimov and Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai. 

The action plan envisages Exchange of tourists/media who would highlight the tourism potential of each other’s country, setting up of joint ventures in an effort to promote the business of tourism and travel and establishing of the Representative offices in each other’s country for easy and convenient accessibility of information and updates.

The government of Sri Lanka released a postal stamp and first day cover on Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations. The stamp, priced at LKR 5, released by Sri Lankan Minister for Postal Services Jewan Kumaranathunga.

A three-day joint celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore by India and Bangladesh held in Dhaka on 6 May 2011. The 3-day programme was inaugurated by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister announced her government’s decision to set up Rabindra University at Shilaidaha in Kushtia.

Bangladesh also proposed to construct a Bangladesh House in Santiniketan

President of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov visited India on 17-18 May 2011. It was his fifth visit to India. Karimov is the President of Uzbekistan since 1990. 

He came to India to hold talks on strengthening security, energy links and communication. During this visit, India and Uzbekistan signed more than 30 agreements. 

India signed two MoUs (Memorandum of Understandings) with Ethiopia to avoid double taxation and promote development of small industries. 

India has tried to assist in Ethiopia’s development through capacity building support and offered lines of credit of more than 700 million US dollars during the last five years. 

India also decided to establish over 80 new institutions in Africa in areas as diverse as agriculture to English language teaching in its support for institutional capacity building. 

India will offer 22,000 scholarships and training slots to African students under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.



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