Chile–India relations

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Chile–India relations
Map indicating locations of Chile and India



Chile–India relations refer to foreign relations between Chile and India

High level visits[edit]

The mechanism of Foreign Office level consultations was initiated in Santiago in August, 2000, and was followed up with a second meeting in New Delhi in April, 2003. However, high-level political exchanges have been few and far between. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Chile in 1968, Transport and Communications Minister K.P. Unnikrishnan in 1990, and President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1995. From the Chilean side, there has not been any HOS/HOG visit to India. As an indication of Chile’s interest in an enhanced relationship, the Chilean Minister of Agriculture visited India in December, 2001.

The Chilean Vice Minister of Economy Mr. Alvaro Diaz visited India on 10–12 November 2002, and the Minister for Mines, Mr. Alfonso Dulanto, visited India on 13–15 November 2002. Foreign Minister Maria Soledad Alvear’s visit from 24–25 April was the first bilateral official visit to India by a Chilean Foreign Minister after a gap of 46 years.

Trade Relations[edit]

Chile was the first country in South America to sign a trade agreement with India, in 1956. A Framework Agreement was signed on January 20, 2005 to promote further Economic Cooperation between India and Chile. The agreement proposed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between the respective countries, which after several rounds of negotiations was finalized during the talks held at New Delhi in November 2005.The PTA came into force with effect from 17 August 2007 in Chile and in India on 11 September 2007.

In 2016 both the countries signed an agreement to expand the India- Chile Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), marking a 10-fold jump in the number of products to be traded on concessional duty rates. India's bilateral trade with Chile stood at $2.6 billion with exports at $0.68 billion and imports at $1.96 billion respectively in FY16.[1]

Indians in Chile[edit]

The Indian community in Chile numbers around 1000+, mostly residing in Santiago, Iquique, Viña del Mar, and Punta Arenas. Largely engaged in small business and trade, the community is gradually being assimilated into the mainstream through naturalisation. An average of 1000 Chileans visit India annually, mainly for tourism.

Cultural ties[edit]

Indian culture is highly regarded and appreciated in Chile. Four monuments have been raised to honour Mahatma Gandhi: one in Santiago, erected in 1968, one in Curico, erected in 1999, one in Sagrada Familia in May, 2002, and one in Rancagua in April, 2003. A fifth monument of Mahatma Gandhi is expected to be erected shortly in Valparaiso, a port city recently declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Property. To give effect to a Bilateral Cultural Agreement signed in 1993, a Cultural Exchange Programme for the years 2003-2005 was signed in New Delhi in April, 2003. The CEP is now under implementation.


  1. ^ "India to expand trade with Chile". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 September 2016.

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