Archive: Mehmet Kaplan, Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology
Historic State Visit from India
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, will pay a State Visit to Sweden from 31 May to 2 June 2015 at the invitation of His Majesty the King. The Government will be represented, with the majority of ministers participating. The main themes of the visit are innovations and sustainable development, with a focus on urban development, science and research.
India is one of the leading countries in Asia, the world’s fourth largest economy and an emerging global actor. The State Visit by the Indian President – the first ever – is an important milestone in our bilateral relations.
Focus of the State Visit
The focus of the State Visit will be on creating conditions for greater exchange in the areas of trade and science, and strengthening Sweden’s presence in the Indian market.
There is growing demand in India concerning issues such as innovation, urban development and sustainable development. The State Visit will provide the opportunity to promote potential business opportunities in these areas in both directions.
Sweden already has broad cooperation with India in a number of areas: environment, renewable energy, research, health, etc. This cooperation will be deepened further in connection with the visit, which will include the signing of a number of cooperation agreements.
India’s President will land in Stockholm on Sunday afternoon and will be welcomed at Arlanda Airport by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. The King and Queen will receive the President at the Royal Mews for a horse-drawn cortège to the Royal Palace, where the traditional welcoming ceremony will take place. Representatives of the Riksdag and the Government will be present.
Monday’s programme will begin with a visit to the Riksdag and a meeting with Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will then welcome the President at Rosenbad. Stockholm City will host a lunch at Stockholm City Hall, during which sustainable urban development will be the focus of discussions. The afternoon programme will continue along the same theme with a visit to Hammarby Sjöstad. Minister for Housing and Urban Development Mehmet Kaplan will take part. In the evening, the King and Queen will host a banquet at the Palace.
The theme for Tuesday will be research and science, with a visit to Karolinska Institutet, with Minister for Higher Education and Research Helène Hellmark Knutsson in attendance. This will be followed by seminars and meetings with Swedish and Indian business representatives. Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg will also take part in the programme.
The programme will continue in the afternoon in Uppsala, where the President will deliver a speech at Uppsala University. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström will be present.
The State Visit will conclude late on Tuesday afternoon.
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The King and Queen will receive the President at the Royal Mews on Sunday afternoon. As is tradition, the King and Queen and the President will travel in a horse-drawn cortège which will leave the Royal Mews at 16.45. The cortège will go via Väpnargatan, Artillerigatan, Strandvägen, Hamngatan, Kungsträdgårdsgatan, Strömgatan, Gustav Adolfs torg, Norrbro, Slottskajen, Skeppsbron and Slottsbacken.
Residents of Stockholm and tourists are welcome to line the cortège route to welcome India’s President to Sweden. The public will also be given the opportunity to attend the official welcoming ceremony at the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace at 17.00. We look forward to seeing you there.