Visit of Ambassador Mr. Miloslav Stašek to Goa
20.05.2013 / 09:43
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India Ing. Milostav Stašek visited Goa on 9th - 10th May 2013 for the first time since taking office.
The aim of the visit was to meet with official representatives of the state, present in Goa the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for the states of Maharashtra and Goa Ms. Rashmi Jolly and also map the possibilities of equipment supplies from Czech companies to the state. The Ambassador M. Stašek was also accompanied by the economic diplomat of the embassy in Delhi Jiří Janíček and, on behalf of the Ministry of Industry of the Czech Republic, the director Ivan Kameník (CzechTrade) in Mumbai.
The Ambassador M. Stašek met with the governor B.W. Wanchoo, with the President of the Government of Goa M. Parrikar, the Minister of Industry M. Naik, the Minister of Water Resources (and Culture in one person) D. Mandrekar, the Minister of Tourism D. Parulekar, with the Minister of Environment A. Saldhana and the president of Chamber of Commerce (Goa Chamber of Commerce) M.P. Raiker. The discussion showed that Czech companies could take part in the construction of the new international airport in Mopa in the north of the state and in the collection and treatment of municipal waste. Entrepreneurs from the state of Goa are interested in investing in pharmaceutical plant producing serum worth 20 million Euro and sale/production of Czech glass in Goa.
Goa offers opportunities in tourism, which are not yet fully exploited by the Czech tour operators. In November last year, a delegation from the Ministry of Tourism State of Goa visited the Czech Republic and the result of this journey is the possibility of organizing the Miss of the Czech Republic competition in this state this year. The possibility of placing a traveling exhibition of paintings of Czech castles and chateaux in Goa was also discussed.
The state of Goa is one of the smallest of the Indian states; however, business opportunities exceed its size and population many times over. The essence of this is the relatively strong economy, based on a thriving tourism. Goa is one of India's richest states with the highest GDP per capita. (8.2% in the period 1990-2010, i.e. 2.5 times higher than the India's average). The main industry in Goa is tourism on the 100 km long coastal beaches. The mining industry is also important (iron ore, bauxite, manganese, clays, limestone and silica). At present, however, mining of the iron ore in Goa is suspended, pending the court's decision whether to continue mining because of threats to forests and human health. Industry focuses on the production of pesticides, fertilizers, tires, footwear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, processed fruit, canned fish and textile production. Thanks to a very low excise duty on alcohol is Goa famous for a remarkably low price of beer, wine and other spirits, which is one of the most effective incentives for foreign but also domestic tourists.