Suriname- India Relations

Suriname and India established diplomatic relations in 1976. India opened its Embassy in Paramaribo-Suriname in 1977, against the background of the historical bond between both countries. Suriname opened its Diplomatic Mission at the highest level in New Delhi, in the year 2000.

Bilateral cooperation

  • Utilization of Programs within the framework of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC). India provides technical assistance and shares its experiences on technological and industrial fields on the basis of South-South Cooperation. The ITEC program is fully funded by India and hundreds of Surinamese citizens have participated in courses and trainings through the years.

  • Cooperation within the framework of a cultural agreement signed in September 1992

  • Establishing of the Suriname-India Joint Commission for strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the public and private sector of both countries by signing of an agreement in September 1992. In this regard four (4) Joint Commission Meetings have been held so far of which the last one was held in Paramaribo on May 16, 2008.

  • Establishment of a Joint Working Group for Cooperation in the field of Agriculture, under the Joint Commission Meeting

  • Signing of a Cultural Exchange Programme in March, 2003.

  • Establishment of the Indian Cultural Centre in Paramaribo in 1978.

  • Official High level visits by both sides. State Visits by the President and Vice-President of Suriname. Visit of Minister of State for External Affairs, India, in May 2008.

  • Cooperation on parliamentary level, such as visits by the House of Speakers and its members to India in 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2003.

  • Cooperation within the private sector: Chambers of Commerce of both sides signed a cooperation agreement in 2003 for the establishment of a "Joint Business Council" for production, in order to further strengthen the trade, economic and technical cooperation. In this regard, a Honorary Consul for the region West Bengal, dr. Sunil Kanti Kar, was appointed, who contributed also to the strengthening of the bilateral relations until his demise in July 2012.

  • Cooperation in the field of Finance by providing credit lines for the support of our developmental projects with 15% financial input by Suriname and 85% by India. These credit lines are utilized for the purchase of services and goods from India.

  • Realization of projects in different fields, such as Agriculture, Public Works and Defense.

  • Utilization of diplomatic training courses under supervision of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

  • Cooperation in the field of Diaspora with the participation in High Level Diaspora Conferences on invitation by the Government of India annually.

  • Establishment of an ITC knowledge center at the University campus with assistance of the Indian Government, as agreed in 2008, during the 4th Joint Commission Meeting in Paramaribo.

  • MOU between the Government of the Republic of Suriname and the Government of the Republic of India in the field of Archives signed in December 2012.

  • Signing of an agreement in October 2012 between the Government of Suriname and 3F Oilpalm Agrotech Private Limited, from Hyderbad, India. With this signing an investment of over US$200 million is involved, which symbolizes a commitment to the Agro Industry in Suriname. In the words of Vice President of 3F Oilpalm Agrotech Private Limited, mr. Sanjay Goenka, the intention is to export the end product 'edible oil' to the Caribbean Region. This will enrich employment in Suriname with almost 4500 jobs. According to the perspectives, obe planting will be located in the districts Para, Brokopondo and Sipaliwini and a refinery will be set up for the processing of the final product.

Multilateral Cooperation

  • Reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC); Suriname supported India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UNSC in 1998.

  • Cooperation within UN, NAM, OIC, G-77, WTO.

Regional Cooperation

  • CARICOM-India relations. The objective is to have strategic dialogue for cooperation of mutual interest through multilateral negotiations.

  • Since 1997 India has cooperation with South America and the Caribbean within the FOCUS LAC programme' that is extended till March 2014.

  • The objective of these cooperation is to promote and increase trade within the Latin American and Caribbean region

  • CELAC-India. The first dialogue in this regard was a Foreign Ministers Summit, held in New Delhi on august 2012. The aim of this dialogue mechanism is to enhance and deepen cooperation between the CELAC countries and India

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