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India to Open Bali Consulate

Close India-Bali Tie and Growing Tourist Numbers Prompt Decision to Assign Indian Diplomats to New Bali Consulate.

(11/6/2010) The Indian government has announced their intention to open a consulate in Bali, Indonesia.

The decision to open an Indian Consulate in Bali has been endorsed by the Indian Cabinet during a meeting chaired by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, The Bali diplomatic outpost will be staffed with a consul-general, a joint secretary and two other Indian diplomats. Six locally hired Indonesians will also be working at the Indian mission to Bali.

An Indian government spokesperson said: "The opening of the consulate general of India in Bali will strengthen India's traditional bonds with Indonesia and also improve its protocol, commercial and consular presence in the island." an official spokesperson said.

The consulate-general of India in Bali will also provide support to "people of Indian origin" (PIO) in Bali and eastern Indonesia. Indian Embassy source in Jakarta put the number of PIO families living in Eastern Indonesia at 230.

India currently maintains an Indian Cultural Centre in Bali which, since 2004, has promoted Indian culture and the performing arts.

Indian Tourist arrivals to Bali through the end of September 2010 totaled 27,625 - an increase of 31.9% when compared to the same period in 2009. In 2009, a total 30,813 Indian tourists came to Bali.