India and Gabon held the first Ministry of Foreign Affairs consultations in New Delhi on November 22, 2022. The Indian side was led by Shri Sevala Naik Mude, Joint Secretary (Central and West Africa Division), Ministry of External Affairs . The Gabonese side was led by HE Guy Gérard Nkolo, Ambassador, Director General of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Gabon.
The two sides conducted a comprehensive review of existing bilateral relations, including strengthening cooperation in trade and economic relations, defense and navy, science and technology, innovation, research and development, culture and the links between peoples. The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest, including cooperation within the UN and other multilateral forums, climate change, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and development. sustainable.
India and Gabon have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly relations based on shared democratic values and vision. Our bilateral relationship has been further strengthened in recent years with the opening of the Gabonese mission in New Delhi and the exchange of high-level visits. In May 2022, the Honorable Vice President of India paid India’s first-ever high-level bilateral visit to Gabon. In October 2022, HE Michael Mousa Adamo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gabon, visited India to participate in the special meeting of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Bilateral trade between India and Gabon is growing at a steady pace and reached US$1.12 billion in 2021-22 from US$440 million in 2017-18, with India now the second largest export destination Gabonese. More than 50 Indian companies have set up manufacturing units in Gabon’s Special Economic Zone (GSEZ).
The two parties agreed to hold the next consultations in Libreville, Gabon, at a mutually agreed date.
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