India seeks sustainable development while preserving nature, cultural heritage: Sharma

NetIndian News Network

Dubai, December 13, 2017

Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change Mahesh Sharma has stated that India was seeking sustainable development while preserving its nature and cultural heritage.
Dr Sharma was speaking at the 2nd UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, with focus on sustainable development in  Muscat, Omann.
He had led the Indian delegation to the conference on December 11-12.
The conference had on its agenda themes such as culture and tourism as a factor of peace and prosperity; tourism development and protection of cultural heritage; culture and tourism and urban development and creativity; and exploring cultural land escapes in tourism. The conference also finalized the 2030 Agenda.
During his visit to Muscat, Dr Sharma also held bilateral discussions on cooperation between India and Oman in the fields of culture and tourism. He met Minister of Tourism of Oman, Ahmed Bin Naseer Bin Hamad al-Mehrzi and discussed cooperation in the field of tourism, including the early conclusion of the MoU on cooperation in tourism between the two countries.
There is a huge potential for expanding tourism exchange between the two countries. People of Oman, due to their familiarity with India, visit India, including for medical treatment, he said.
The Minister met with Minister of Heritage and Culture of Oman Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and discussed with him the ways for expanding cultural exchanges between the two countries.
He also had a brief interaction with Deputy Prime Minister for Council of Ministers of Oman, Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al Said with focus on expanding the strategic partnership between the two countries.
On the sidelines of the conference, he held a bilateral meeting with Minister for Culture and Tourism of Turkey, wherein the two sides agreed to institute a joint committee to explore areas for mutual cooperation in fields of culture and tourism between India and Turkey.
There is a large Indian community in Oman, numbering around 0.8 million. The Minister addressed a gathering of Indian community at a reception hosted on  December 12 at the Embassy in Muscat in his honour by Indian Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey.
He invited them to utilize the opportunities offered by the fast-growing economy of India for investments and participate wholeheartedly in flagship projects of the Government like ‘Make in India’, Clean India, Digital India and Skill India.