India-Montenegro Bilatera lRelations
India's relations with Montenegro have traditionally been close and friendly since thedaysoftheSocialist FederalRepublicofYugoslavia (SFRY)ofwhich itwasa constituent republic. India recognized Montenegro as an independent sovereign state on August 2, 2006 and also established diplomatic relations with Montenegro thereafter. India's Ambassador in Vienna is concurrently accredited to Montenegro.
Some bilateral visits and exchanges took place while Montenegro was still a part ofFRY/UnionofSerbiaandMontenegro.AfterMontenegrobecameindependent, the first incoming ministerial visit was that of Minister of Finance, Dr. MiloradKatnic, who visited India from February 8-15, 2011 to attend a Conference "India as a Global Power:practicing Liberal Values at Home and Abroad" organised by Mont Pelerin Society.He took the opportunity to meet Minister of State for Finance, Shri NamoNarainMeena.
Montenegrin Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration Milan Rocen visited India from April 10-12, 2012 at an invitation extended by External Affairs Minister Shri S. M. Krishna. It was the first high level visit from either side since Montenegro’s independence in 2006. The aim of the visit was to establishpolitical contacts at high level.
Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (Dr.) V.K.Singh (retd.) visited Montenegro on September 2 & 3, 2014. It was the first ever visit to Montenegro by an Indian dignitary after Montenegro’s independence.During his visit he met President Filip Vujanovic, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and DPM and Foreign Minister Mr. Igor Luksic. While the main focus of discussions was on expansionof cooperation in the field of investments and economy through exchange ofvisits, boosting overall cooperation, especially in the areas of education, culture and science was also discussed.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar met President of Montenegro H.E Milo ?ukanovi? on the sidelines of GLOBSEC 2022 Bratislava Forum in June 2022. Both leaders noted the friendly ties between the two countries and the close cooperation in the multilateral fora. They discussed ways to expand our relations across sectors especially in the areas of investment, culture, tourism and renewable energy. The Montenegrin President specially appreciated our ongoing collaboration in the field of ITEC.
The first round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) was held in Podgorica in July 2009. The latest FOC were held in New Delhi on 13 March 2019. Both sides emphasized the need to build upon the close and traditional bonds of friendship and to avail opportunities for economic and commercial cooperation for mutual benefit.
Major economic activities in Montenegro, which may be of interest to Indian investors, are tourism and hospitality, agriculture, dairy, fisheries and food processing. Montenegro is also upgrading its basic infrastructure in areas suchas roads, electricity transmission, renewable energy, ports etc. Some of these may also be of interest to Indian investors.
India's exports were Coffee, tea and other food items, tobacco, textile yarn, fabrics and readymade garments, electric /electronic parts, machinery, medicaments, and pharmaceuticals.
India has included Montenegro under its Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC). Short duration training courses are offered to the officials of the Government of Montenegro under this programme in diverse areas such as audit, public expenditure management, WTO etc. Professional courses forforeign diplomats conducted by the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi have also been availed by the Foreign Ministry of Montenegro to train its diplomats. Mission celebrated the ITEC Day in March 2022 in Podgorica, which was attended in large numbers by the Diplomatic Community, ITEC Alumni and Indian Community in Montenegro.
Several dance and music performances by Indian artists have been held across major cities in Montenegro. Indian films have been also screened in Podgorica. VariousIndiantelevision serials (like BalikaVadhu) aretelecastedin Montenegro and said to have a wide audience.
An exhibition of the paintings of Dr. TatjanaBurzanovic was hosted by ICCR in New Delhi and in Kolkatta in November-December 2016. The exhibition was inaugurated in New Delhi on 21st October by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President of ICCR and MrAmarendraKhatua, DG (ICCR). Through herpaintings, Dr.Burzanovic has painted illustrations from Bhagvad Gita and teachings of Tagore
Exhibitionsof paintingsof Dr. Burzanovic wasalso held inPodgorica in 2007 and in April 2014. President Vujanovic was also present for the inaugural event in April2014.TheMissionhasbroughtoutacoffeetablebookinMontenegrinandEnglish, with the paintings of Dr. TatjanaBurzanovic based on her thesis and work done on her artistic interpretations of Bhagvad Gita.
In recent past, a few ICCR sponsored Dance and Music troupes have travelled to Montenegro and performed in several cities including Podgorica, Tivat, Budva, and Niksic. Yoga and Ayurveda is also quite popular in Montenegro.
An Indian Bollywood event was organised at the KIC BudoTomovic Centre, Podgorica in 2014. Three Indian movies with Serbian subtitles were screenedand received a tremendous response.
International Day of Yoga is being celebrated with great enthusiasm across Montenegro over the past several years.