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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: To further strengthen the century-old ties between Odisha and Indonesia, the Kalinga-Lanka Foundation is going to organise a special programme—The Kalinga-Indonesia Dialogue— in the capital city here on November 14.

The event would be attended by Governor SC Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Apart from this, a two-day special workshop would be held at Ravenshaw University in Cuttack on November 15 and 16 in which the Indonesian Ambassador, 10 eminent historians and research scholars will participate.

Indonesia will assist Odisha in its gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Besides, it will also step up its efforts to revive its 2000-year-old rich maritime traditions with Odisha.

The objective of organising these programmes is to seek help from Indonesia from various sectors notably mining, industry, tourism, health, education, transport and ports.

Talking to media persons today, former Indian Ambassador and chairman of Kalinga-Lanka Foundation, Lalit Mansingh said Odisha has historical and cultural relationship with Indonesia since 2000 years.

“About 2000 years ago, the maritime traders of Odisha were having trade with Indonesia. The historians and archaeologists will have a discussion in this regard at the Kalinga-Indonesia Dialogue. Apart from this, there will be deliberations on the future ties between Odisha and Indonesia. Since Indonesia has the strongest economy and largest nation in the Southeast Asia and going by the development in the state at present, I think Odisha will be immensely benefited if efforts are made to further strengthen its bilateral relations with Indonesia”, he pointed out.

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