Suriname Seeks Stronger Relations with India

Dehri-on-Sone (Bihar)
Suriname Seeks Stronger Relations with India
The people of Suriname wanted to foster strong socio-cultural ties with their Indian counterparts to cement love between this country and the South American island, its ambassador Krishadett Baijnath said today.

The Surinamese are keen to establish deep bilateral socio-cultural and economic relations with their Indian counterparts, particularly those in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar - a land of their forefathers," he told reporters here.

Baijnath, on a personal visit to Rohtas, said the people of Indian origin back home, popularly called Girmiyas, wanted to build upon the historical ties by expanding contacts in economic activities and socio-cultural exchanges.

There were ample business opportunities in Suriname which the Indian industrialists should consider for investments, with some already engaged in infrastructure works, the Suriname ambassador said.

He dwelt on opportunities in sugar-related industries, information technology and aquaculture, etc.

It may be mentioned that thousands of Indians were taken to Suriname during 1870s to work as indentured labourers with most of them having settled down to become an integral part of the society in the island nation.

It currently boasts of about 50 per cent people of Indian origin as part of its population.
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