Malawi, located in the south-eastern part of Africa, opened its first consulate office in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Earlier, The Republic of Malawi had opened its consulate office in Mumbai.
Industrialist Vinod Dugar, co-promoter at RDB Group, has been appointed as the new Consul of Malawi in Kolkata.
Speaking on the occasion, Dugar said: "The consulate offices are virtually opened just to bridge the gap between the two countries. That is only the significance where both the countries can do a fellowship and bilateral business.
"Malawi is a virgin and an upcoming country. It got its Independence in the early 1960s. A lot of Indian companies are already persuaded towards Malawi and more than five thousand Indians are staying there. Basically there is a lot of significance, synergy which can give growth to both the countries."
"Kolkata is a place where business started. During the time of Britishers also, Kolkata was the business capital. So this is where persuasion is. A lot of traders are there who believe in spices and other products," he added, commenting on why Kolkata has been chosen for the opening of the latest consulate office.