Industry chambers suggests MEA to work on visa liberalisation
New Delhi: Industry chambers, including CII and Ficci, have recommended that the External Affairs Ministry should work on further liberalisation of visa regime for movement of businessmen in different countries.
According to an official, the chambers recommended this during their meeting with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and Secretary (Economic Relations) Pinak R Chakravarty.
"They (representatives of business chambers) also suggested that MEA should endeavour to secure a more liberal visa regime both for incoming business visitors to India and for Indian business visitors abroad," the official said.
Among other things, the industry bodies also suggested that the Ministry should focus more on specific regions such as Africa and specific sectors such as energy, promotion of Indian services industries abroad and support by Embassies to domestic SMEs, the official added.
The Foreign Secretary assured representatives of the chambers to look into their suggestions.
Secretary (ER) would chair regular meetings with the business chambers on sectoral issues.
During the meeting, Mathai spoke on the Ministry's economic and commercial diplomacy, which has been an intrinsic part of India?s overall diplomatic effort and sought views and recommendations of the business groups.
MEA's continued outreach programmes through new divisions such as energy security, investment and technology promotion, public diplomacy and the development partnership administration were also highlighted.