Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 23:
Amarendra Khatua, Odisha-born diplomat appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Argentina Republic, has been nominated as world’s most prominent ambassador, media reported on Tuesday.
A few hours after completing his successful tenure as ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, ABC World nominated Amarendra Khatua as the diplomat most prominent among those who finished their duties, www.abcmundial.com reported.
Entrepreneur, tireless and fervent promoter of relations between India and Argentina, Khatua has managed to gain a privileged place in Argentina. Among the most important actions include forums and meetings of entrepreneurs in the pursuit of commercial business, and the contacts made with governors and mayors of major cities, it added.
“Argentines are getting to know many things about India as they are traveling to my country. The economic ties have grown manifold with an increase in exports and imports. Information and technology companies have employed over 1,800 Argentine workers, four floors of agrochemicals, motorcycles and tractors assembly in Santa Fe, pharmaceuticals and utilities have been set up,” Khatua was quoted as saying to ABC World.
Bilateral trade between India and Argentina is rising and exports from India to Argentina pharmaceuticals has increased from USD 5.9 million in 2012-13 to USD 15.6 million in 2013 -14, registering a growth of 164%, he added.
Notably, the 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer from Odisha has special interest in Odia poetry. Khatua began to write poetry decades before he ventured into diplomacy. He has many publications including in Odia, English, Hindi and Telugu to his credit. In addition to this, his poetry has been translated in all major Indian languages and in Spanish and Russian.
He was barely 10 when he penned his first poem. Most of his poems are about love and exile from Odisha.