The Indian High Commissioner to the UK Dr. J. Bhagwati made the announcement this evening in Cardiff.
Raj Aggarwal is a prominent member of the Welsh-Indian business community and owns the Central Pharmacy in Cardiff and accompanied the First Minister on his trade mission to India in April.
In his new role Raj will represent the Indian Government in Wales by providing consular services, encouraging trade, education and cultural links and exchanges.
Welcoming the appointment, the First Minister said:
“Raj is not only a personal friend to me but also to Wales. He has been a tireless advocate for promoting our country as a place to invest and do business and travelled with me to India earlier this year to highlight what we have to offer to Indian companies.
“I know his appointment as Honorary Consul to Wales will be of great pride to him and I am sure he will do an excellent job.
“When I was in India I raised the issue of their government’s representation here in Wales with the Ministry of External Affairs and I am delighted with this appointment. It is further evidence of the growing links between our two nations and I hope this relationship continues to develop in such a positive way.”
Mr Aggarwal said:
“This is a special privilege that I and my family will always cherish. Wales is a dynamic small country and stronger links with the rising superpower that is India will be vital to its future prosperity. I will work tirelessly to build a deeper engagement between the two countries to which I and many Welsh people owe their allegiance.”