After the recent debate in Parliament on India’s foreign policy, government has taken the first step to revamp the Ministry of External Affairs. Parbati Sen Vyas will be the new face of India’s economic diplomacy.
Vyas, previously a special secretary, has been elevated to the rank of secretary.
Two days after assuming charge as India’s top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has distributed work among her secretaries while retaining the crucial charge of P-5 countries (US, Russia, France, UK and China) and neighbouring countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan).
“Foreign secretary will also handle Japan, United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, India-China-Russia Trilateral Disarmament and International Security Affairs, SAARC, G-8 and G-20 besides being incharge of the overall coordination and supervision of work in the Ministry,” a senior official said.
N. Ravi, secretary (east), will handle East Asia (except Japan and China), Southern, Gulf and Haj Divisions, Special Kuwait cell, West Asia and North Africa division, Eurasia (except Russia), ASEAN and India-Arab league.
Secretary (west) will handle European Union, Europe West (except UK and France), central Europe, east, southern and west Africa, Americas division (except US), Latin America and Caribbean.
Vyas will look after investment and technology promotion, energy and food security, legal and treaties division and multilateral economic diplomacy.