Kolkata: St Teresa’s birth place Skopje came closer to her place of work Kolkata on Thursday with the Republic of Macedonia opening its Consulate in this city to boost economic and cultural ties.
The Republic of Macedonia’s capital city Skopje is the birth place of St Teresa, better known as Mother Teresa.
Namit Bajoria, Director of kitchen appliances brand Kutchina, has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia Dr Toni Atanasovski today formally inaugurated the Consulate bureau in Kolkata on the eve of the 26th National Day in the presence of Ambassadors from Bosnia, Ecuador, Jordan, Libya and two women entrepreneurs from the United Arab Emirates.
The Republic of Macedonia is a small Balkan nation with one fourth the size of Kolkata’s population.
“The two cities of Skopje and Kolkata are like two soulmates, as they mutually share the heritage of Mother Teresa. The opening of our Honorary Consulate Bureau in Kolkata is expected to boost cultural exchanges, tourism and trade between Skopje and Kolkata.
“Our mission is to initiate, promote and assist in any possible way to these initiatives and projects,” said Dr Toni Atanasovski, Ambassador of The Republic of Macedonia in India.
The Republic of Macedonia would approach the West Bengal government with a proposal to mutually promote and support foreign direct investments in trade between India and Macedonia.
Besides cultural and social linkages, the Kolkata Consulate would work towards expanding trade and business opportunities between West Bengal and the Republic of Macedonia,” said Namit Bajoria, Honorary Consul, The Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.
According to a World Bank report for 2017, the Republic of Macedonia has been ranked the 10th best country in the world in terms of Ease of Doing Business.