"Lula or not, why Brazil is the best BRIC" by Ambassador Viswanathan. Published in Financial Express - 14 December 2009
Ambassador Viswanathans article on the Uruguyan President-elect Mr Jose Mujica "A new beginning" published in The Hindu - 13 December 2009
Ambassador Viswanathan meets President-elect of Uruguay Mr Jose Mujica on 11 December 2009
Left to Right: Honorary consul Ruben Azar, Jose Mujica, Ambassador and Mr Luis Almagro Foreign-Minister designate
Ambassador Viswanathan briefing the Uruguyan Parliamentary delegation ( going to India in January 2010) on 11 december at Montevideo
Textile industry seminar held in Montevideo with Garment exporters delegation at the Sheraton Hotel - 11 December
Ambassador Viswanthan during his speech at the seminar
Articles on Ambassador Viswanathan in Latin Business Chronicle published from Miami- 10 December
India´s Latin America Booster - How an Indian diplomat is shaping Latin America´s growing relations with his country
Passion for Latin America - R. Viswanathan India´s leading expert on Latin America, talks to Latin Business Chronicle about his passion for the region.
Eenam Gambhir, Second Secretary of the Embassy gave a talk in a seminar on Business opportunities between India and Argentina - 3 December
The seminar was held in Rosario and organised by the India- Argentina Chamber of Commerce with the provincial government of the state of Santa Fe. Various Government officials and Companies who have done and are doing business with India gave talks about the potential between the two countries. The seminar was attended by around 70 companies.
Eenam Gambhir during her speech at the seminar
Eenam Gambhir, Second Secretary of the Embassy gave a talk for IAE Business School MBA students - 30 November
The title of her speech was "globalising india"
Eenam Gambhir ...inspiring the audience of around 50 students
Ambassador Viswanathan with Axel Fernando, the Argentine singer at his concert in Ferro Stadium Buenos Aires on 22 November
Axel´s song ¨ Celebra la Vida¨ was the inspiration for the Second Festival of India 5-15 November 2009
Meetings with Indian Delegation of Book Publishers and Exporters - 23 and 24 November
It was a 10 member delegation. List of companies and details.
Delegates met Argentine publishers and book importers on Monday Nov. 23rd at 1700 hrs at the Book Chamber Av Belgrano 1580 4th Floor.
Ambassador Viswanathan and Second Secretary Eenam with the Book delegation
Ambassador Viswanathan gave a talk at the seminar organised by Lanus National University 0n 19 November 0930 hrs
The topic was ¨Potential and opportunities for Argentine business with India¨.Besides businessmen, the Bank of Province of Buenos Aires and the Bank of Ciudad de Buenos Aires and Exportar Foundation participated in this seminar .
Video of speech
Tabla Concert by Leonardo Fernández - Saturday 12 December, 21.30 hrs.
Second Festival of India in Buenos Aires 5- 15 November 2009
The Festival was successful and colourful. It attracted thousands of Argentines to the various events of the Festival. The auditorium for the seminars and dance programmes were full and overflowing and some could not get seats. The Borges centre looked like Chandni Chowk with waves of crowds pushing and jostling to buy at the handicrafts stalls.
The Festival activities included handicrafts exihibition, Indian classical and folk dances, seminars, film shows, foto exihibition, food festival, golf tournament and literary contest. The main events took place at the Borges Cutural Centre. Food Festival at Sheraton and Exihibtion at the Casa de Cultura of the City government of Buenos Aires.
Two Argentine golfers won the raffle of return airticket to India given by Air France.
Two more Argentines won the raffle of British Airways return ticket to India at the Borges Centre.
All about Festival of India 2009
Inauguration of Festival at Centro Cultural Borges - 5 November.
Minister of Culture Hernánd Lombardi lighthing the lamp that inaugurated the Festival. To his right, Mr. Rakesh Kumar and Ambassador Viswanathan.
Gala evening at Centro Cultural Borges - 5 November
Minister of Production Débora Giorgi, Chief Guest of our Gala
Bollywood actress Lisa Ray ingurating the Film Festival on 6 November at Borges Centre
Lisa Ray visited Argentina specially for the Film Festival. She introduced her film ¨Water ¨on 6 Nov at 1900 hrs. Her other film¨Bollywood Hollywood ¨was shown on 9 November 1900 hrs
Also food and film festivals and dance programmes in Montevideo; Asuncion and Ciudad del Este
Information in Festival page of the website.
Hindustan Times article: "Indian colours and flavours in Argentina" - 30 september
Visit of 33 Indian handicraft exporters to Buenos Aires 5-15 November
They displayed their items at the Handicraft Exihibition ( part of the Festival of India) at Borges Cultural Centre from 1200 hrs to 2000 hrs..
List of Indian Exporters
Meeting of Indian Handicraft companies at the Business Centre - 4 November
Ambassador Viswanathan with Chairman of EPCH Mr Raj Kumar Malhotra and Mr. Rakesh Kumar
Five year multi entry visa ..... for Indian businessmen visiting Argentina... free of cost....can´t believe it... but true !
Under the visa Agreement signed on 14 october during the visit of President of Argentina to Delhi, the Argentine government has agreed to
grant five year multientry business visas ....and that too free of cost. Stay during each visit is 90 days extendable by another ninety days.
Fantastic... Let us thank the President and the Foreign Ministry of Argentina.
The embassy of India in Buenos Aires will do the same thing for Argentine visitors ...plus give free coffee under our Cafe con Visa system
Argentine President´s visit to India 14-15 october
President Cristina Kirchner visited New Delhi on 14 oct. She was accompanied by her Foreign Minister, Minister of Planning, Minister of Production, Minister of Science and Technology and Governors of the provinces of San Juan and La Pampa. A 70-member business delegation also went with her. This was her first visit to an Asian Country.
With the President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
She met the Prime Minister and President of India as well as other dignitaries. Ten agreements for cooperation were signed. These cover nuclear energy, sports, agriculture, business visas, outer space and science and technology
With delegation in Hyderabad house
With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
President Cristina Kirchner giving banquet speech in Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's house)
Meeting with President Pratibha Patil
Love and longings of President Cristina at Taj Mahal
President Cristina reflecting on the side of river Yamuna
The joint statement, issued after the meetings, calls for a comprehensive dialogue towards a strategic partnership.
In her address to the business seminar at Delhi, she spoke of the complementaries between the economies and synergies between the two countries and invited Indian cos to invest in Argentina.
Joint statement by India and Argentina on the visit of the President of the Argentine Republic to India
Speech by the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the banquet in honour of the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Kuchipudi workshop by Natalia Salgado between 9 october and14 november
Gaturro will have its own animation film: "Argentine humour with Indian Technology", Ambassador Viswanathan´s blog- 1 October
Argentine Consulate in Mumbai inaugurates website - 1 October
You´ll find consular, commercial and cultural information in:
Painting exhibition by Horacio Rodriguez - 8 october
"La India en Avenida de Mayo" is the title of this exhibition that the artist presented at the Espacio Artístico of Diaro del Viajero at 18.00 hrs
First Secretary Babu together with Horacio Rodriguez
Argentine wine promotion in India with mendoza music 9 -22 october
Costaflores wines (Mike Tango Bravo) of Mendoza will be promoted in India as per the schedule below.
9th October Lucknow Genesis Club,
11th October Bangalore ITC Windsor
14th October Gurgaon Earth & Den Restaurant
15th October Delhi ITC Maurya Sheraton
20th October Mumbai Blue Frog
22nd October Mumbai The Club
The wine promotion event will have a music group from mendoza NATALIO FAINGOLD
SPACE GARAGE www.nataliofaingold.com
Interview of Télam Agency to Ambassador Viswanathan: "Para la India, la visita de Cristina "va a dar oportunidades para renovar las relaciones" - 3 october
"Opportunities for business with India" Seminar - 24 September, Hotel Sheraton Libertador
Ambassador Viswanathan gave a speech at the event organized by the Club de Comercio Exterior and sponsored by Fundación ExportAr
Video of his speech: Part 1, Part 2
Article in Latin Business Chronicle, quoting Ambassador Viswanathan: "Latin America: More Indian Business" - 22 september
Meeting with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - 15 september
Ambassador Viswanathan and Mr. Ramadorai, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) called on the Argentine President and discussed Indian investment and joint ventures in Argentina.
TCS inaugurated its new facility in Buenos Aires on 15 September
The new facility is located in the Patricios Park of Buenos Aires Technology Park. With more than 10,000 square meters, the company is expected to initially employ about 250 professionals at the center and has the capacity to expand to 1,400 employees.
The inaguration was done by CEO Ramadorai in the presence of Mauricio Macri Chief of Buenos Aires city government and Ambassador Viswanathan..
See photo and video of Ambassador Viswanathan´s Speech.
Interview of Ramadorai, CEO of TCS in La Nación: "Desarrollaremos talento argentino" - 20 september
Ambassador VIswanathan with Noel from former group Sin Bandera during a concert in Buenos Aires - 16 september
Visit of Chemexcil delegation - Monday 14 september
19 companies of the Indian chemical industry were in Buenos Aires.
The Embassy organised business meetings from 9.30 to 18 hrs at Sheraton Hotel (San Martin 1225, Retiro). Golden Horn hall.
Invitation for the event
Marcelo, Commercial Officer: Tel 4393-4217; firstname.lastname@example.org
Raúl, Marketing Officer: Tel 4328-6859; email@example.com
Meeting with Chemexcil delegation at Hotel Sheraton - 14 september
Ambassador viswanathan gave the keynote address at the CII Seminar on Latin America at Chennai Tuesday 1 September
The title of the speech was: Global Crisis...... Regional Opportunity.Business with Latin America .
The seminar was held at Taj Coromandal Hotel. Speakers included Latin American Ambassadors and representatives of companies which do business with Latin America.
Press coverage of the seminar
Financial Express article "India woos Latin America with handicrafts and chemicals" with statements by Ambassador Viswanathan - 9 september
Excerpts from Ambassador Viswanathan´s article in the Financial Express: "LatAm bets on India for trade as local resources dry up"- 24 August
Olam, the Non-Resident Indian company enters into agribusiness in Uruguay - September 2009
Olam International Limited, has acquired 14.35% stake in a dairy farming company NZFSU ( from NewZealand) for about 10 million dollars.
Olam is a multinational company with turnover of 5 billion dollars operating in 60 countries. In Latin America, they have operations in Brasil and Argentina.
More info: www.olamonline.com
HCL opens centre in Buenos Aires
Hindustan Computers Ltd ( HCL) the fourth largest Indian IT firm with a turnover of 4 billion dollars is opening a centre in Buenos Aires. The centre will service local and global clients. The company has recently established centres in Sao Paulo and Port Alegre in Brazil
Indian Economists spoke at the conference of Central Bank of Argentina 31 Aug- 1 Sept
Anil Kashyap- Professor, University of Chicago and Rakesh Mohan, former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India were invited to speak at this conference on "LESSONS AND CHALLENGES FOR EMERGING COUNTRIES DURING THE CRISIS"
Indian Dance by Rasika Khanna at Casa de la Cultura, City Government - 31 August, 18.00 hrs.
The Indian danced to the rhythm of classical music, in BarataNatyam style. She also explained in detail the characteristics of gestures,expressions and body movements that shape this dance.
Mr. Rakesh Mohan gave a seminar at CARI - 26 august
The title was: "The global crisis from an Indian point of view"
Mr. Mohan is a professor at the Centre for International Development of Stanford University. Previously, he was Vicepresident of the Reserve Bank of India from 2005 to 2009. In 2004 he was named Secretary of the Departmen of Economical Affairs of the Ministry of Finance of India. Recently he published a book entitled: "Monetary Policy in a Globalized Economy: A Practitioner’s View” (Oxford University Press, 2009), on the evolution of finance, monetary policies and management of the financial sector.
Indian Dance at Centro Cultural Borges - 6 and 13 september, 17.00 hrs
Visit of Indian Jute delegation - 21 august
Presentation of jute as an ecological product and business meetings at Hotel Sheraton Buenos Aires.
Spice Board of India participates of SIAL Mercosur - 26 august
The 8th edition of this International Food and Beverages Fair takes place 26, 27 and 28 august, from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs at the Salón Centro Costa Salguero of Buenos Aires.
Ambassador Viswanathan addresses businessmen interested in forming part of the multisectorial delegation joining the Presidential delegation on october - 6 august at the Foreign Office.
Video of speech in YouTube: Parte 1; Parte 2;
Reik, the mexican band, during their concert at La Trastienda - 4 Aug , dedicated the song ¨Noviembre sin ti¨ to the Ambassador from a distant country who has become a Reik fan. Here he is with the Reik group and Daisy May Queen and Marisabel from Radio 97.5 FM
Argentine-Indian coproduction of cartoon filmIllusion studio of Buenos Aires is working with ToonsIndia of Trivandrum to coproduce a 5 million dollar animated film ¨Gaturro¨. It is based on a famous cartoon character created by the Argentine cartoonist Nik. The film should be ready by 2010.
Argentine musician selected for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarship.
Eduardo Lastra, tabla player, recommended by the Embassy ,has been selected to study indian music in New Delhi for one year.
Argentine football player in India
Argentine player Sebastián Omar Monesterolo has been hired to play a season for Kingfisher East Bengal Club in Kolkatta
India- Argentina Bilateral trade for January-August 2009
India’s exports to Argentina were 214 million USD as compared to 258 million in the same period last year (a decrease of around 17%).
Indian imports from Argentina were 569 million USD as compared to
743 million USD in the same period last year.
India-Uruguay Bilateral trade for January-September 2009
Indian exports to Uruguay were 28 million dollars (which is 12% decrease from 32 million dollars in the same period last year).
At the same time Indian imports to Uruguay were 7 million dollars, the same as last year.
India-Paraguay Bilateral trade for January-September 2009
Indian exports to Paraguay were around 35 million USD, same as last year.
Indian imports from Paraguay almost doubled in the same period reaching 18.5 million from 9.5 million dollars in 2008.
South African Airways start direct flights from Johennesburg to Buenos Aires from 1 April
From Buenos Aires – J-burg – Mumbai
Weds and Fridays :
Buenos Aires – J’burg 1930 – 0855 hrs
J’Burg – Mumbai – 1130 – 0030 hrs
From Mumbai- J’burg – Buenos Aires
Weds-Fridays and Sundays:
Mumbai-J’burg 0230 -0755 hrs
J’Burg – Buenos Aires 0950-1730 hrs
Argentine Consulate in Mumbai has started issuing visas from 1 April 2009
Mr Fernando Ras is the first Consul General and Mr Jorge Viñula is the Deputy Consul General
Consulate General and Trade Promotion Office of the Republic of Argentina
Corinthian Building - 5th Floor
17, Justice D. Vyas Marg
Mumbai 400 005
Visit of indian jute delegation 20- 23 August
15 indian representatives of this industry will be in Buenos Aires. Jute will be introduced as an ecological product for every day use, as a handicraft item, bags, fashion fabric , for packaging of food products and for infrastructural projects to prevent soil erosion.
The Embassy will organise a presentation and business meetings on 21 august, Friday 11.00 hrs. at Hotel Sheraton , Retiro.
List of delegation and Company Profiles
Invitation for the event
Marcelo, Commercial Officer: Tel 4393-4217; firstname.lastname@example.org
Raúl, Marketing Officer: Tel 4328-6859; email@example.com
Jute Manufactures Development Council: www.jmdcindia.com
Classical Indian music concert - Saturday 15 de august 17 hrs
Ambassador Viswanathan´s article in Buenos Aires Economico Newspaper. 7 July. "La India, el elefante que empezó a volar" (Scanned Version). English Translation.
India- Latin America Business Seminar - Buenos Aires 2 july
Programme of the Seminar
Video of Ambassador´s opening speech. Part 1; Part 2
Article on Buenos Aires Herald: "Indian trade mission visits Argentina" (Scanned Version)
India -Argentina Seminar in Córdoba - 1 july
India-Uruguay Business Seminar - Montevideo - 29 june
Baires Yoga Centre opening in Zona Norte
A new centre in San Isidro welcomes you to practice mantras, yoga and yoga therapy.
See flyer with complete information
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.yogabaires.com.ar
Tel. No : 1561763898
Sanskrit course for beginners
The School of Practical Philosophy opens this course. It´s trimestral and completed in 9 trimesters.
Each trimester costs $250; classes are given in Caballito (Campichuelo 220)
More information and inscription: Tel 4901-6270; www.filosofiapractica.com.ar
Classical Indian Dance Seminar- 29 to 31 july
Mr. Rubén Azar has been appointed as the new Honorary Consul of India in Montevideo - 29 june
Mr Azar is the CEO of Grupo Ras which has been been promoting business with India.
Royal Enfield made in India - now available in Argentina
This is great news for classical motor cycle lovers. The following three models will be sold in Argentina : Bullet Classic 500, Electra EFI and Electra Classic.
More information: www.royalenfieldarg.com.ar
Indian IT company Geodesic Ltd acquires a Uruguayan software company in Montevideo in May 2009
The Uruguyan company www.interactiveni.com has a staff of 40 persons and specialises in Instant Messaging solutions and applications for moble phones and companies.
Geodesic Ltd is a 130 Million dollar company. It is an innovator in software products focused on Information, Communication and Entertainment (ICE) for mobile phones and desktop computers. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Geodesic’s Mundu suite of products includes solutions for Instant Messaging, Mobile Voice-over-IP and Internet Radio. Since its inception in 1999, the Mundu Interoperable Instant Messenger has been used by several hundred thousand users on the mobile phone and over 5 million users on the desktop. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. Geodesic has offices in Mumbai and Bangalore in India, USA, UK, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong and Mauritius
Geodesic has signed a deal with Bright Star Corporation, Miami, USA to launch Mundu IM on mobile phones in Latin America.
More info http://www.geodesic.com
Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between India and MERCOSUR has come into force from June 1, 2009.
Tariff preference will be given to 452 items of India´s exports to mercosur and 450 items of mercosur exports to india.
Duty discount for Indian exports as follows:
10 % : 394 products
20 % : 45 products
100%: 13 products
Total: 452 products
Duty discount on Mercosur exports:
10 % : 93 products
20 % : 336 products
100 % : 21 products
Total: 450 products
India´s exports to MERCOSUR (452 products):
MERCOSUR exports to India (450 products):
Opening of Indian Consulate in Córdoba - 8 June
As from monday, june 8 th it will work mondays to fridays from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Address: Ayacuho 593, Córdoba City.
Tel: (54351) 422 0023; Fax: (54351) 422 4997
Honorary Consul: Dr. Sergio Laís Suárez. E- mail: email@example.com
Ambassador Viswanathan gave speech at Colegio de Abogados, Buenos Aires - 25 june
Title of speech "La india moderna.... de la abogacía a la informática" ( Modern India ... from lawyers to IT experts ) in the Colegio Público de Abogados de Capital Federal at 19.00 hrs
These three parts totalling 13 minutes about abogados were the first part of speech
The second part about Informatica was not put in utube, since the contents were similar to the previous speech in Buenos Aires University.