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Republic Day Celebration

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Embassy of India,

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Republic Day Reception

Ambassador of India to Switzerland Shri Sibi George hosted a reception at Hotel Bellevue to mark the 69th  Republic Day of India.  The reception was attended by a large number of officials from Swiss Government, Members of Swiss Parliament, business leaders, scholars and professionals, exponents of Ayurveda and Yoga and members of the Indian community.
            In his address, Ambassador George quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “India and Switzerland have both been the voices of peace, understanding and humanitarian values in the world in last seven decades, our friendship has consistently seen an upward trajectory.”  He said that this year when we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between India and Switzerland signed in 1948, I salute a large number of friends of India, who have contributed to build a solid, vibrant and multifaceted forward looking relationship between India and Switzerland.”  They include Political leaders, Industry and Business leaders, Professors and Teachers, Medical and IT professionals, those in financial and banking sectors, health workers, practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga, scholars, artists and sports lovers, those contributing to vocational training and skill development programmes.

            Ambassador recalled that there have been several high level exchanges between India and Switzerland in the last few years.  Prime Minister Modi visited Switzerland in June 2016, President of Switzerland was on a State visit to India in August 2017.  Prime Minister visited Switzerland again in January this year during Davos.

            He said that today, India is undergoing profound transformations.  We continue to be the fastest growing democracy in the world.  It has a democratically mandated leadership striving  to develop an economy driven by smart and sustainable cities, robust farm sector, vibrant manufacturing and dynamic service sector.  And, its engines to run on world class network of rail, roads, airports and digital connectivity.  He urged Swiss companies to join India`s  march to progress.

            Earlier the day, Ambassador launched the website of the Momentum in India, Swiss SMEs Programme, an integrated platform for market entry services for Swiss companies.

February 2, 2018