Highlights scope for exchange of trade, commerce, tourism
Highlighting cultural and historical similarities between Kashmir and Bosnia, the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to India, Sabit Subasic, said on Friday that there is a great scope for exchange of trade, commerce, tourism and other sectors between the two regions.
Subasic, who is on a three-day visit to Kashmir, was speaking at an event organised by Kashmir Youth Entrepreneurs Federation (KYEF) at the Institute of Hotel Management here.
“There is a strong historical and cultural connection between Bosnia and Kashmir and we have a lot in common. There is a lot of awareness among people in Bosnia about Kashmir situation. We have to find a way to connect the people and need to formalise a programme of cooperation in economy and trade,” the ambassador said.
Subasic said that it was his “childhood dream” to visit Kashmir which has been fulfilled now. “When I was young, my dream was to see Kashmir. Now when I am 60, my dream is a reality,” he said.
The ambassador said that he found Kashmir a very organised place and appreciated that “all my meetings scheduled here were well lined up and held on time.”
“My first impression is that this is the most organised state. I have spent four years in India so far but found this place to be well organised,” Subasic said.
He said that the people in Bosnia are keen to visit Kashmir and efforts should be made to encourage more tourists from Europe to visit the Valley.
“It is important to make prospective tourists aware that Kashmir is not what is portrayed in negative media publicity. Once I return to New Delhi, I will speak to various ambassadors and make them aware of this,” Subasic said.
He said that technology, student and sports exchange programmes between Bosnia and Kashmir have a great future. “I know you people have serious difficulties but you are passionate and enthusiastic. This region will have a prosperous future. We would love to have Bosnian students to come to Kashmir and vice-versa,” Subasic said.
Subasic, who also visited the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology said that an exchange programme will soon be started between SKUAST-K and the Bosnian University. He also assured the private schools’ association of similar exchange programmes. “A lot can be achieved by working jointly on agriculture, horticulture and food processing. Knowledge and research of agricultural university here need to be promoted and we will take every step for that,” he said.
The visiting envoy said that there is also scope for buyer-seller meets in Kashmir and in Bosnia where people associated with handicrafts can showcase their products.