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Consulate is also considering the opening of a trade office in Chennai

CHENNAI: There was an increased interest from Czech businessmen in the manufacturing, aviation, health care and infrastructure sectors, Eva Drdakova, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Mumbai, said here on Sunday.

Hosting a reception to commemorate the Czech Presidency of the European Union, organised by the Czech Consulate in Mumbai in association with the Indo Slovak Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Tamil Nadu, Ms. Drdakova said that Indo-Czech trade had increased in the last year, but added that the official figures would be released in a couple of weeks.

There had been a number of enquiries at the Czech consulate from Czech businesses in the current year, while, on the Indian side, people were showing lot of interest in entertainment and tourism, among other sectors.

Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Drdakova said the global slowdown had not affected India and the Czech Republic to a great extent and both could use it as a platform for mutual benefit.

The consulate was also considering the opening of a trade office or an honorary consulate-general in Chennai, she said.

She said she was committed to promoting bilateral relations between the Czech Republic and India in all fields of activities – commercial, cultural, scientific, educational.

Ms. Drdakova was hosting four concerts of Czech singer Renata Drossler and her music band in different cities in India.

The third concert in Chennai was held on Saturday, and the fourth would be held in Ahmedabad in the next week, she said.