Kerala is gaining importance in the field of trade and commerce similar to Mumbai, according to Miloslav Stasek, Ambassador, Czech Republic to India. He said that his country is keen to open up new industrial ties with the State. He was speaking at an interactive session organized by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Tuesday.

He said his country would explore potential in Kerala, especially in divisions such as IT, tourism, trade, agriculture and automotive sectors. There was good response from entrepreneurs in Kerala since Czech delegation's visit to Kerala in 2011, he said.

Apart from the existing business ties, the Czech republic is keen on venturing into new areas of trade and education with Kerala. Indian companies can explore opportunities in Czech Republic, mainly in the areas of engineering, glass, garments, automobile and metallurgy. The total imports from India to the Czech in 2011 were worth $151.3 billion, he said.

Vast scope of business

Considering the vast scope of business opportunities available in South India, Czech republic is planning to deploy new counsels. The business delegation accompanying the Czech Ambassador included Ivan Kamenic, Trade Commissioner, Czech Republic, Jiry Janicek, Commercial Commissioner, Embassy of Czech, Kuchtova Dagmar, Deputy Director, Czech Republic Confideration of Industry. He invited a business delegation of the KCCI to participate in the ‘International Engineering Fair 2012' which mainly focuses on the promotion of international trade.

K. N. Marzook, Chairman, KCCI, welcomed the gathering. Czech delegates Ivan Kamenic, Jiry Janicek, Kuchtova Dagmar addressed the gathering on different matters relating to trade and commerce. Antony Thomas, Vice Chairman, KCCI, also spoke.

The total imports from India to the Czech in 2011 were worth $151.3 billion.