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                                     Political Relations between India and the Union of Comoros

India established its diplomatic relations with the Union of Comoros in June 1976. Our Embassy in Antananarivo is concurrently accredited to Comoros. India and Comoros havealways enjoyed close and friendly relations. Both the countries have similarities of view on regional and global issues. Comoros is a supporter of India’s permanent membership of the UNSC. India is looked upon as a role model of development in Comoros.

A proposal to set up a vocational training centre (VTC) in Moroni to impart skills in plumbing, welding, electricity, civil works, IT, etc. is under consideration of the Government of India.
EXIM Bank of India had offered a concessional credit of US$41.6 million in the year 2013 for setting up a power plant in Moroni and the same has been accepted by Comoros. An Agreement to implement the LOC has been signed and the foundation stone for the project, laid in July 2015. A consortium of BHEL and Indian company Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) Ltd. are the contractors of the project. The work is in progress and the project is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

President of the Union of Comoros, H.E. Mr. Azali Assoumani led a Comorian delegation to participate in the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi from March 10-12, 2018.

Comoros joined IORA in November 2012 – a regional forum consisting of coastal countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

In December 2012, Government of India provided US$ 100,000/- as assistance to Comoros for losses suffered on account of torrential rains in April 2012. The Pan-African e-Network started its operations in Comoros in September 2010.

A number of VVIP/High-Level visits from Comoros to India have taken place. These are as follows:

Sl. No.

Name of the Visitor

Date of visit

Purpose

1.

Mr. Souef Mohamed El-Amine, Minister of External Relations & Cooperation

August 2004

Bilateral visit

2.

Mr. Ahmed Ben Said Djaffer Minister of External Relations & Cooperation

July 2006

Bilateral visit

3.

Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Mohamed Sambi, President of Comoros

4-8 November, 2007

To participate in the 4th International Conference on Federalism.

4.

Mr. Fahmi Said Ibrahim Minister of External Relations & Cooperation

18-19 February 2011

To attend the LDCs Conference

5.

Mr. Mohamed Issimail Minister for National Education

01-02 March 2012

To participate in India-Africa Science & Technology Ministerial Meeting

6.

Mr. Mohamed Bakri Ben Abdoulafatah Charif, Minister of External Relations & Cooperation

02 November 2012

To participate in the Council of Ministers Meeting of Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC)

7.

Mr. Mohamed Ali Soilihi Vice President in-charge of Finance Ministry

21-23 February 2013

To sign Agreement with EXIM Bank for grant of US$ 41.6 million LOC

8.

Mr. Mohamed Ali Soilihi Vice President in-charge of Finance Ministry

21-23 October 2015

4t h India Africa Trade Ministers Meeting (IATM)

9.

Dr.Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Comoros

23-29 October 2015

IAFS III Summit

10.

Dr.Abdulkarim Mohamed, Minister of Foreign Affairs

January 2016

Ist India Arab League Ministerial Conference, Manama

11.

Mr.Azali Assoumani, President

10-12 March 2018

Led 16-member delegation including Foreign Minister El-Souef Amine for the Founding Conference, ISA, New Delhi

12.

Mr. Moustadroine Abdou, Minister of Energy, Agriculture, Fisheries & Environment

3 October, 2018.

Led the Comorian delegation in the First General Assembly meeting of the International Solar Alliance member countries in New Delhi

Bilateral Visits from India to Comoros: Hon’ble Vice-President of India is likely to visit Comoros from 10-12 October, 2019.

Former Minister of Science & Technology, Mr. Y.S. Chowdary visited Comoros as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India on 25-26 August, 2015.

Capacity building

A number of scholarships/ training courses are being offered by the Government of India to Comoros under ITEC, IAFS, etc. programmes. However, the utilization on the part of Comoros has not been satisfactory due to lack of awareness and also due to lack of knowledge of English. The following is the utilization data in this regard:

Sl.
No

Training programme/
Scholarship

Year (allotted and utilized)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Allotted

Utilized

Allotted

Utilized

Allotted

Utilized

Allotted

Utilized

ITEC

30

13

25

21

25

14

15

4

IAFS-II/III

4

-

11

--

--

5

CV Raman

-

-

-

-

--

1

--

FSI Course

-

-

1

1

1

--

--

ICCR General scholarship

09

3

10

1

9

1

9

3


Economic and Commercial Relations with India : The trade between the Comoros and India is increasing steadily. The bilateral trade figures between the two countries for the last three years are as follows:

In millions US$

2014 – 15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20
Apr-July

India’s exports

17.76

17.01

25.65

29.62

15.75

5.79

India’s imports

11.30

15.10

20.79

37.27

31.36

0.67

Source:DGFT
Total trade: US$ 6.46 million (Apr-Jul 2019)

The main items of import from Comoros to India are Cloves, Vanilla, and spices, electrical machinery, scrap of primary cells and ferrous waste and scrap, spent batteries and spent electric accumulators, iron & steel, etc., and the main items of export from India to Comoros are meat of Bovine animals, wheat flour, eggs for incubation, woven fabrics of cotton, articles of apparel and clothing accessories, prepared painting canvas, buckram and similar stiffened textile fabrics, etc.

Indian Community: The Indian Diaspora comprises of around 250 persons and majority of them are engaged in trade and business. The role played by the Indian community in the overall development of Comoros is highly appreciated at all levels. Some of the Indians are very influential and their contribution to the total GDP of Comoros has also been significant. The Indian Diaspora has been playing significant role in promoting Indian culture and traditional values in Comoros. In recent years, a number of young professionals have started working for some foreign companies in Comoros.

Cultural Relations: Due to small size of the Island and a tiny Indian Diaspora, there has not been significant exchange of cultural visits between the two countries. An ICCR-sponsored Indian Contemporary Dance Group visited Moroni and performed at the Comorian National Assembly Hall on 28 August, 2018. This was the first ever visit by an Indian dance group to Comoros. The event was attended by the Comorian President along with First Lady, the Foreign Minister, Speaker of the National Assembly as well as a few other Ministers and senior dignitaries. One Comorian national participated in recently held Kumbh Mela celebrations organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations from 21-24 March, 2019. Festival of India will be celebrated in Comoros in 2019-20.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga: All four editions of International Day of Yoga have been celebrated in Moroni, Comoros to coincide with the worldwide celebrations of IYD. The first three occasions also coincided with the month of Ramadan. Despite this, around 300 persons from a cross section of Comorian society, which included local senior government dignitaries, members of diplomatic corps and Indian diaspora participated in the event. This year too the International Day of Yoga was celebrated in Moroni on 25 June, 2019.

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