Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Djibouti (Updated on October 2014)
Historical links, cultural affinity and people-to-people contacts between India and Djibouti have existed long before India’s independence in 1947 and Djibouti’s independence in 1977. The Honorary Consul of India has been functioning in Djibouti since 1969. Djibouti opened its Embassy in New Delhi in 2004 and a Consulate in Mumbai in 2006. Since independence from France in June 1977, Djibouti maintains a neutral political position in the Horn of Africa. It is a member of the League of Arab States and the OIC. It is strategically located at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean and has recently gained importance as a frontline State in the war against terrorism. It is Headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) for the fight against terrorism. American , French and Japanese military are present in Djibouti.
Indian Diaspora in Djibouti:
· Non Residents Indians (NRI): 350 (February 2010)
· Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): 0 (February 2010)
· Total Indian Community: 350 (February 2010)
India’s trade with Djibouti
· Export (US$ Million): 88.67 (April-August 2014)
· Import (US$ Million): 0.58 (April-August 2014)
· Total (US$ Million): 89.25 (April-August 2014)
· Trade Balance (US$ Million): 88.09 (April-August 2014)
Bilateral Treaties and Agreements:
- Bilateral investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) signed at New Delhi on 19th May 2003.
- Civil Aviation Agreement signed at New Delhi on 19th may 2003.
- Cultural Cooperation Agreement signed between India and Djibouti on 31st January 1989 and Executive Programme of Cultural, Education and Scientific Cooperation for the year 2003-2005 singed at New Delhi on 19th May 2003.
- Pan-African e-Network Agreement signed Between TCIL and Djibouti on 21st June 2006.