By Abdul Kerimkhanov
India celebrated 72 years of independence on August 15. A dinner at the India’s Embassy was held on this occasion.
The event was organized by Ambassador of India to Azerbaijan Vanlalvawna Bawitlung and his spouse Rosy L Khuma, a medical doctor and writer.
The guests of the event were able to taste various Indian dishes, such as aloo gobi, rogan josh, mattar paneer, etc.
Indian origin guests made a colorful performance, singing national songs, while dancers demonstrated talai razak dance with rhythmic clapping.
At the end of the event, the guests tasted masala chai. It is Indian tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs.
Independence Day is annually celebrated on August 15 as a national holiday in India, commemorating the nation's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, when the UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act 1947, transferring legislative sovereignty to the Constituent Assembly of India.
In 2018, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and India increased by 84 percent year-on-year, and in January-March 2019, it increased by 66 percent, reaching $300 million.
Azerbaijan imports goods from India such as pharmaceuticals products, engineering goods, spare parts, agricultural and meat products and IT services.
The two countries are working on the preparation of an agreement on the promotion and mutual protection of investments.
Indian companies are interested in developing mutually beneficial partnership with Azerbaijan, particularly in agriculture, IT and communications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and education.
India and Azerbaijan also cooperate in the development of International North-South Transport Corridor, which will give a big boost to trade in the region.
Presently, as many as 230 companies with Indian capital operate in Azerbaijan, whose investments in the country's economy totaled $1.2 billion.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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