PM Kučinskis puts Latvian food on Indian menu

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis was in Delhi, India November 3 promoting Latvian food at the major ''World Food India'' trade fair.

Attending the openign ceremony of Latvian stand, Kučinskis pointed out that food production is one of the most important sectors of the Latvian economy.

"This sector in Latvia has quickly adapted its products to the requirements of today's consumer and is also in demand in export markets. Therefore I propose to combine the good practice of my country with India's scale," said Kučinskis.

Despite some predictions that a self-imposed Russian ban on foodstuffs from the European Union would severely damage Latvia's food producing sector, quite the opposite has happened, with producers eagerly seeking out new markets, of which India, with its huge population and vibrant food culture, is clearly among the most important. 

Current globalization trends were also highlighted by the PM, while recognizing that globalization itself is not a sufficient condition for economic growth and social well-being - attention should also be given to food security, which will provide all people with adequate, safe and nutritious food, he said.

"Latvia is already developing a distribution center for Indian exports to the countries of the European Union. It will be the new "Amber Road", which joined the Baltic and Indian peoples for thousands of years," said the Prime Minister.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Damodardas Modi) and ministers from Denmark, Germany and Italy also participated at the opening of the exhibition. Kučinskis continues his Indian trip until November 6 with a variety of official engagements along the way.

You can follow live streams from the World Food India event (including some extremely mouthwatering demonstrations by chefs) at the twitter feed @WorldFoodIndia

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