Visit of the President of Iceland
The President with the Prime Minister of India
The President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, visited India from 31 March to 6 April 2013. He was received by the President of India and the Prime Minister. The President also met the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, the Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, the Minister of Corporate Affairs, the Minister and Minister of State for Human Resources Development, the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and other dignitaries. In Dehradun he was received by the Chief Minister and Governor of Uttarakhand.The President inaugurated the 4th Third pole Environment Workshop at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in Dehradun and lectured the students at the Welham’s Boys' School and Welham´s Girls' School on the Future of our Planet, Glaciers, Environment and Energy. At TERI University the President gave a lecture on the Clean Energy Economy as a way to Global Food Security. He discussed climate change issues with scientists and Arctic questions with senior cilvil servants.
The President met with the Trustees of Aspen Institute, India, and gave a public talk at the Institute on the AHA (Arctic, Himalaya, Antarctic) Moment, India and our Ice-Covered World. Furthermore the President participated in a Roundtable on Democracy to Netocracy and the Changing Dimensions of National and Multinational Governance organized by the Nitish Desai Associates, the Hindu newspaper and the Jindal Global University.
During the President´s visit he also discussed two geothermal projects in Maharashtra and Puga which the Indian company, Thermax is working on in co-operation with Reykjavik Geothermal.
The Ambassador of Iceland, Gudmundur Eiriksson, hosted a lunch in honour of the President attended by members of the Indo-Icelandic Business Association and other friends of Iceland.