The Governor of Odisha Dr. S. C. Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister, Tourism and Culture Ashok Chandra Panda on Monday attended the inaugural function of a three-day Kalinga-Indonesia Dialogue, organized by Kalinga Lanka Foundation in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Department of Culture and Ravenshaw University.
Addressing the inaugural function Governor Dr. Jamir hoped that on revival of socio-economic, cultural and people to people contact between the two lands warm relations and mutual understanding would be reinforced. The destinies of two lands are interlinked amid so many similarities. Odisha has a vital stake in each other’s wellbeing and prosperity.
“Kaling-Indonesia Dialogue primarily aims at designing a roadmap for reviving mutual understanding , co-operation on numerous areas spreading from culture, art and architecture, textiles, crafts, entrepreneurship, education, trade, to strategic partnership and economic co-operation between Kalinga and Indonesia”, added Governor.
Inaugurating Kalinga-Indonesia Dialogue, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that ties between Kalinga and Indonesia have been renewed over centuries and generations. Greco-Egyptian geographer Ptolemy in first century B.C. refers to how the Sadhabas were experts in sailing techniques through the construction of the Boitas. Recent exploration of oil and natural gas in Odisha will open new vistas for partnership. Youth exchange programmes between our people will foster people to people contact.
“Odisha is the Hub of the East. The World Bank in successive Ease of Doing Business reports has ratified the state’s business scenario and favourable investment climate. Strategically located with South-Asia and South-East-Asia, Odisha’s integral advantages need to be well communicated to Indonesia’s growing economy” said Chief Minister.
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that this dialogue will relate us to our glorious past and pave way for great future.
Minister, Tourism and Culture Ashok Chandra Panda welcomed the endavour and hoped that this would enrich the relationship in various ways.