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B2B meeting and Networking event between Bahraini & Indian IT companies/NASSCOM, Bahrain, 22 May 2022.
Bahrain India Society (BIS) and Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH) in association with Embassy of India, Bahrain and Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) organized a B2B meeting and networking event with the visiting NASSCOM delegation on 22nd May 2022 at the Embassy of India.
2. The NASSCOM delegation is visiting Bahrain from 22-23 May 2022 and meeting several Industry partners, stakeholders and Government agencies to explore possibilities of business cooperation and investment. The delegation comprised of representatives of leading Indian IT companies including HCL Technologies, ITC Infotech, Tata Consultancy Services, Mastek Limited, Nagarro Software and Addteq Software India Private Limited. The event was attended by a large number of Bahraini companies from the sector.
3. India, which has earned reputation of IT Superpower, is expected to add revenue of US Dollar 31 Billion in the year 2022 taking the total size of Indian IT Industry to a whopping USD 227 Billion. Exports from the Indian IT industry stood at US$ 149 billion in FY 21. The total count of Indian tech start-ups that have entered the unicorn club (valuation of USD I billion or more), to date, stands at 100. India has already seen 14 new unicorns in the year 2022.
4. Bahrain, with several initiatives in the field of ICT & digital economy and business & investment friendly climate, provides excellent opportunities for Indian IT companies which are focusing to invest internationally to expand global footprint and enhance their global delivery centres. Due to its strategic location, Bahrain has potential to serve as hub for Indian IT companies to serve the whole GCC and MENA region.
5. The event was addressed by Mr. Abdulnabi Alshola, former Bahraini Minister for Labour and Social Affairs and founding President of Bahrain India Society, Mr. Musab Abdullah, Executive Director of Investment Development, EDB, Mr. Abdulrahman Juma, Chairman, Bahrain India Society, Mr. Rashid Al Snan, Treasurer, Bahrain Technology
Companies Society, Mr. Ravi Kumar Jain, Second Secretary (Commerce),Embassy of Bahrain, Mr. Mayank Gautam, leader of the NASSCOM delegation and Mr. S.M. Hussaini, Board Member, BTECH. The Indian companies briefed the participants about their company profile and interest in the region followed by a networking session.
6. It was a very useful and productive meeting. The concerned IT companies of both sides discussed business and investment opportunities in the key sectors of IT, big data and fintech. Source: Embassy of India, Bahrain.
Press Release on Africa Day, Cairo, 26 May 2022.
African Heads of Missions in New Delhi and Ministry of External Affairs jointly celebrated Africa Day on 25 May 2022 at New Delhi. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the ‘Organisation of African Unity’ in 1963 and provides an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate diverse heritage and economic potential of African continent.
2. India’s traditional and historic partnership with Africa has further strengthened through intensifying political engagements and expansion of India’s diplomatic footprints by opening of 18 new diplomatic missions in Africa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘10 Guiding Principles’ of India’s engagement with Africa have been serving as an instrument in India’s multi- dimensional relationship with Africa in the changing world. India’s concessional loans, grants and capacity building programmes have played significant role in Africa’s socio-economic development.
3. So far, Lines of Credits (LoCs) worth US$ 12.26 billion have been extended to African countries. Under these LoCs, 193 projects have been completed and 66 projects are currently under execution and 88 in pre-execution stage in various sectors such as drinking water, agriculture mechanization and irrigation, solar electrification, power plants, textiles, technology parks and railway infrastructure etc. More than 32,000 African youth have utilized scholarships offered under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and other scholarship programmes. India has established seven IT Centres in Egypt, Ghana, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania to promote digital literacy among African youth.
4. On trade and economic front, India is the fourth largest partner for Africa registering US$ 69.7 billion trade during 2018-19, and is the fifth largest investor in Africa with cumulative investments at US$ 70.7 billion in sectors like oil & gas, mining, banking, pharma, textiles, automotive, agriculture, etc.
5. During COVID pandemic, Government of India has gifted 150 tonnes of medical aid to more than 25 African countries. Under the Government of India’s "Vaccine Maitri” initiative, India has supplied 37.59 million doses (1.05 million doses under grant, 10.2 million dose under commercial and 26.38 under GAVI's COVAX initiative) to 42 African countries.
6. The event was attended by a large number of African Heads of Missions, members of diplomatic corps in New Delhi, think tanks and senior officials in the Government of India. In his keynote addressed delivered on the occasion, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs highlighted multifaceted relations with African countries. Source: Embassy of India, Cairo.
English translation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's message on the occasion of Israel Day, New Delhi, 05 May 2022.
On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of Israel, on behalf of the Government of India and all Indians, I extend my warm greetings to all our Israeli friends. This year we are also celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of our diplomatic relations. Even though this chapter is new, the history of the relations between the two countries is very old. I hope that in the years to come we will deepen our relationship further.
Toda Rabba! Source: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Union Agriculture Minister visits Agri companies in Israel, New Delhi, 09 May 2022.
A delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, led by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, on a visit to Israel, today visited Israel based Green 2000 – Agricultural Equipment and Know How Ltd. and NETAFIM Ltd. During the interaction with the Israeli representatives, Shri Tomar said that the relations established between India and Israel in the agricultural sector will give new dimensions to the Indian agriculture sector. In recent years, our ties have further strengthened and the future vision of cooperation is in the form of a strong hi-tech partnership for both knowledge-based economies.
The delegation led by Union Minister Shri Tomar today interacted with the experts of these companies on various developmental aspects related to modern farming practices. During the visit, nursery practices, planting material of fruit-trees and vineyards, post-harvest technology, greenhouse farming, micro and smart irrigation systems and improved dairy and poultry farming were the main topics of discussion.
Shri Tomar said that more than 300 investments have been made from Israel in India mainly in hi-tech domain and agriculture. Micro-irrigation is important towards increasing water use efficiency at the farm level, reducing input cost and ultimately helping in increasing the income of farmers. Netafim is a leading micro irrigation company in India. India has a good association with Netafim in the adoption of micro irrigation and drip irrigation at the field level in the country.
Union Minister Shri Tomar said that to give further impetus to micro irrigation, a dedicated Micro Irrigation Fund has been set up with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Government of India to help States in mobilizing additional resources for expanding the coverage of Micro Irrigation.
On 10th May, Union Minister Shri Tomar will visit a dessert farm owned by Indian-origin farmers producing Indian vegetables in the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani and Negev desert region. Shri Tomar will also inspect the demonstration of the use of drones by ALTA Precision Agriculture Company Ltd. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Union Agriculture and Farmers welfare Minister of India meets with Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Israel at Jerusalem, New Delhi, 11 May 2022.
A Round Table meeting between Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narender Singh Tomar and Agriculture & Rural Development Minister of Israel, Mr. Oded Forer was held on 11-05-2022 in Parliament House, Jerusalem during the visit of Indian delegation to Israel. The Minister discussed various issues related to modern agro techniques, capacity building, transfer of knowledge know-how and support in the fields of agriculture, water management, environment and rural development with the Minister of Agriculture, Israel and other stakeholders, keeping in view the scope and potential of agriculture development in both the countries.
During the interaction, MASHAV’s agricultural cooperation programmes and other stakeholders professional training activities in India were appreciated. The Minister stated that Indian Government has to explore the possibilities to adopt MASHAV’s activities in India focusing on capacity building and transfer of knowledge for which Centres of Excellence will be established in each State.
The deliberations during the meeting of Indian delegation with Agriculture & Rural Development Minister of Israel were extremely beneficial for agriculture development in India. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Visit of Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to Be’er Milka Farm of Indian Farmer in Israel, New Delhi, 11 May 2022.
The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar along with an Indian delegation travelled extensively from Tel Aviv to visit to a desert boutique farm, Be’er Milka owned by a farmer of Indian origin Mr. Sharon Cherry in Negev desert area. This progressive farmer has adopted modern technologies with the technical support of Ramat Negev Agro Research Centre and is growing vegetables, fruits and super food in the heart of Negev desert. During the visit, the Indian delegation acquired information related to technological advancements in dry-land farming and support and outreach in applied agriculture by Israel’s regional research centres. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Visit of Indian Delegation led by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Institute, Israel, New Delhi, 11 May 2022.
The Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar visited Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Institute of Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on 10th May 2022. Shri Tomar interacted with the experts of ARO on various issues related to technological advancements in agriculture in Indian context. The issues of deliberations include crop cultivation in protected environments, freshwater fish farming, advanced plant protection techniques, precision agriculture, remote sensing and post-harvest science and technology, etc.
ARO, Volcani Institute along with its six institutes working under the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are responsible for academic and basic research in Plant Sciences, Animal Science, Plant Protection, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Post-Harvest and Food Sciences. Israel's Gene Bank for Agricultural Crops is also located on the ARO Volcani Centre campus.
ARO focuses in particular on arid zone agriculture, enabling Israel - a country short of all the resources required for agriculture - to achieve among the highest levels of agricultural output in the world. ARO maintains close relations with the various international, regional and national institutes involved in the promotion of good agricultural practices and in particular with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Nearly 60 Post-doctoral fellows from India are undertaking research activities in various institutes of ARO Volcani Centre. The fellowships are normally for the period from three months up to two years. The Indian delegation interacted with the Indian Post-doctoral Fellows and resource persons of ARO Volcani Centre on various issues related to modern agricultural technologies. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
India-Israel Dialogue on UN and Multilateral Issues, New Delhi, 23 May 2022.
India and Israel held the second round of consultations on UN and multilateral issues on 23 May 2022 in Israel.
2. Shri Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UN-Political), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), led the Indian delegation, which included officials from the Embassy of India in Tel Aviv and the WANA Division, MEA. The Israeli delegation was led by Mr. Haim Waxman, Deputy Director-General, UN & International Organizations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Israel and included senior officials from the Israel MFA.
3. In keeping with their strategic partnership, the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on multilateral issues and issues of mutual interest including the situation in the middle east and related to UN Peacekeeping operations in the region. The Indian delegation briefed the Israeli side on India’s priorities at the UN Security Council. The two sides agreed to continue their cooperation in the multilateral fora. Source: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
In a first of its kind initiative, a high-level delegation led by Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers visits Jordan for enhanced cooperation in Fertilizer Sector amid Global Fertilizers crisis, New Delhi, 17 May 2022.
“The Government led by Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is a pro-poor and pro-farmer Government and is committed to providing assured supply of fertilisers to the farmers. There is no shortage of fertilisers in the country”. This was stated by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, here today. “We have taken proactive steps to ensure adequate supply to the farmers ahead of the Kharif season both with ramping up domestic production and partnerships with other countries”, he added.
In a first of its kind initiative, a high-level delegation led by Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya visited Jordan from 13th to 15th May, 2022 with the objective of securing fertilizers and raw materials, both for short and long term. This strategically important visit came in the backdrop of the ongoing global fertilizer crisis. Dr Mandaviya stated that the Jordan visit proved to be path breaking in terms of ensuring supply of Phosphatic and Potassic fertilisers to India. MOUs were signed with Jordan Phosphate Mining Company (JPMC) for supplies of 30 LMT Rock Phosphate, 2.50 LMT DAP, 1 LMT phosphoric acid for the current year with the Indian public, cooperative and private sector companies. India has also signed a long term MOU for 5 years with Jordan for annual supplies of 2.75 LMT of MoP which will uniformly increase every year up to 3.25 LMT, he added. “These supplies will be crucial for assured fertiliser supply for the ensuing cropping seasons in India”, the Union Minister highlighted.
During the meetings Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya mentioned Jordan as India’s preferred partner for the fertilizer sector. Given that the two countries have a long history of trade relationships and people to people contact, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya highlighted the need to strengthen this association especially during these challenging times for the fertilizer sector. With a thrust to secure additional quantities for the Indian market, Jordan was requested to take the lead in announcing India specific terms for supply of fertilizers and to consider additional production capacities in Jordan with India as a target prime market. Both sides agreed that there are tremendous opportunities to work together in areas of Fertilizers, Agriculture and Health.
The Indian delegation led by the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers visited the JPMC mines and Phosphoric Acid production facilities set up by JIFCO and Indo-Jordan Company. The delegation was warmly greeted by all the Indian engineers and labour force working in these facilities. They appreciated the visit by the Minister which has been first of its kind and will go a long way in increasing their morale while working on the foreign soil.
The delegation also visited Arab Potash headquarters where the Union Minister was warmly received by Chairman, President & CEO. A presentation on current status and future plans up to the year 2058 regarding extraction of MOP from the Dead Sea was made by the Arab Potash officials. It was mentioned Jordan is allocating almost 25% of their production of MOP to India. While appreciating efforts by Arab Potash, Dr Mandaviya stressed the need to increase the supplies of MOP to India at reasonable rates.
Jordan highlighted their keenness for further investments in Jordan especially by Indian companies. While appreciating the experience of existing joint ventures with IFFCO and equity partnerships of companies like IFFCO & IPL in JPMC, it was recognized that the Indian partners are strategic partners which have contributed all possible technical, financial, and marketing support in promoting capacity building within Jordan. This was acknowledged as one of the reasons for the turnaround of JPMC. With this experience, the Jordan Minister mentioned that not only the Indian investment is welcomed but it will also be given priority treatment in Jordan.
As for specific incentives on the trade front, Jordan appreciated that India being the largest buyer of phosphatic and potassic fertilizers, preferential treatment would be given. Both sides agreed to work on this aspect and draw a clear roadmap through the Joint Committee in a time-bound manner. They agreed to constitute a Joint Committee to look into secured short / long term fertilizer supplies, fresh investments, new JVs etc. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
‘Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament 2022’ organized by Embassy wins hearts, Muscat, 01 May 2022.
As part of celebrations for 75 glorious years of India’s independence, under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy of India, Muscat organized, in association with Oman Cricket Association (OCA), a ‘Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament 2022’ in the city.
2. This first ever and unique cricket initiative in Oman saw the active participation of four teams from the Embassies of India, United States and United Kingdom as well as a team representing the Oman Cricket Association (OCA).
3. The tournament was inaugurated on 22 April 2022 by Ambassadors of India USA, UK and Vice Chairman of OCA. It was played in a league format with the two teams with maximum points reaching the final.
4. While OCA won all its league matches to book a seat in the final, the Ambassador’s XI of Indian Embassy beat US and UK teams comfortably. UK Ambassador’s XI lost all its matches, while US team could win one league game.
5. The final was played on Apr 30 at the OCA Cricket ground (arena for T-20 World Cup playoffs late last year) and witnessed a tight and exciting encounter between Ambassador’s XI of Embassy of India and Chairman’s XI of OCA. Embassy team, led by Ambassador Amit Narang, posted a fighting total of 103 in 15 overs. Even though the OCA team featured some former players of the Oman National Cricket team, their chase was anything but easy. Embassy team gave the Oman team a tough fight leading to a nail-biting finish in the last over. Oman’s Chairman XI managed to win the match off the last ball of the match, thus taking the inaugural ‘Friendship Cup’ home.
6. This unique tournament saw riveting cricketing action, with amateur diplomat-cricketers from all 3 Embassies showcasing impressive skills with both the ball and the bat. More importantly, it was a beautiful show of sportsmanship and camaraderie and also gave the families from respective countries a chance to come together and enjoy the sporting entertainment.
7. The tournament not only helped in strengthening bonds of friendship but also generated interest in cricket among Omani’ citizens and expatriates. The tournament was well covered in the local media and also generated strong interest in diplomatic community. It is expected that the ‘Friendship Cup’ will become a permanent fixture in Oman and will be organized at an even larger scale next year. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.
A high level, multi-sectoral delegation from Oman to visit India from 10-14 May 2022, New Delhi, 10 May 2022.
A high level multi-sectoral delegation led by H.E. Mr. Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion of the Sultanate of Oman is visiting India from May 10-14, 2022. The 48 members delegation includes senior officials and business representatives from diverse areas spanning health, pharmaceuticals, mining, tourism, telecommunication, energy, shipping and real estate.
During the visit, senior officials from both the sides would be participating in the 10th Session of the India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting(JCM) to be held on 11 May 2022 in New Delhi which would be co-chaired by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Government of India, and H.E. Mr. Qais bin Mohammed al Yousef, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion of the Sultanate of Oman.
The visit of the Omani delegation comes at a prime time when the bilateral trade between the two countries has grown by 82% to reach US$ 9.94 billion in the financial year 2021-2022. The visit provides an excellent opportunity to renew and further strengthen the already close and dynamic economic ties between the two countries.
On 12 May, 2022, a meeting of the India-Oman Joint Business Council (JBC) will be jointly organized by FICCI and Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The JBC will witness participation of the Hon’ble Ministers from both sides who will also address the gathering and interact with the business communities of India and Oman. A number of other engagements in New Delhi and Mumbai including B2B Events, Industry interactions, Investor meetings and so on are scheduled for the visiting Omani delegation during their stay in India. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
India-Oman Business Meet on Interior, Design, Furnishing and Construction Sector, Muscat, 18 May 2022.
On the side-lines of the 8th Interior, Design, Furnishing Expo Oman, an India-Oman Business Meet on Interior, Design, Furnishing and Construction Sector was organized by the Embassy of India on 18 May 2022.
2. The event saw the participation of 30 Indian companies which are in Muscat, Oman to take part in 8th IDF, as part of a delegation led by the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO). From the Omani side, representatives of more than 30 companies and business houses from the Interior, Design, Furnishing, Ceramics and Construction sector attended the event for B2B interactions with the Indian companies.
3. The Business Meet was addressed by H.E. Mr. Amit Narang, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman who highlighted the vitality of India-Oman economic and commercial relations. He also mentioned about the recent concluded 10th India-Oman JCM and its outcomes which would be helpful in achieving the new heights in bilateral trade and investment scenario. He commended the Indian delegates for their timely visit to Oman as most of the economic activities of Oman are reviving and it is the right time to tap the Omani market. He welcomed all Indian and Omani companies and assured full support of Embassy to facilitate their business-related activities.
4. During the course of the event, participants shared their experiences and discussed business opportunities available to both sides in these sectors. Indian participants displayed their strong credentials for enhancing exports to Oman and sought partnerships with Omani counterparts. Representatives of companies of both sides interacted with enthusiasm and were very optimistic about enhancing trade and investment cooperation and identified synergies for this purpose. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.
Inauguration of 2 Artifacts from India at the National Museum of Oman, Remarks by Ambassador Amit Narang, Muscat, 23 May 2022.
Her Highness Sayyida Dr. Mona bint Fahad Al Said,
His Excellency Dr Abdullah Nasser bin Khalifa al-Harrasi, Minister of Information, Government of the Sultanate of Oman,
His Excellency Dr. Jamal Al Moosavi, Secretary General of the National Museum,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a distinct pleasure and honour for me to be present here at the National Museum today for the formal inauguration of the precious artifacts from India, brought on loan from the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art of India.
It is particularly gratifying that these two exhibits were first announced at the National Day Reception of India on January 26 this year and have been on display at the National Museum since.
At the outset, I would like to place on record my sincere appreciation for the vision, efforts and generous support of Secretary General Dr. Jamal Al Moosavi for making this exhibition possible.
It is often said, and correctly so, that India and Oman are maritime neighbours with 5000 years of shared history.
Indeed, our two nations are ancient cultures bound by the threads of history.
The two exhibits that are being formally unveiled today are vivid examples of this shared history and cultural interchange across centuries.
The Tarikh-i-Kesari, which contains biographies of then rulers in and around India, showcases the fact that not only were the sovereigns of Oman well known in contemporary India, but that they were also well regarded.
On the other hand, the iconic painting of Fort Mirani by Thomas Daniel is a reminder of the colonial links that bound the destinies of Indians and Omanis over the past two centuries.
But most of all, what the two artifacts most vividly showcase is the shared tradition of peaceful exchange of goods, ideas and culture across the blue waters of the Arabian sea that has characterized the relationship between India and Oman.
This glorious tradition in turn contributed to the evolution of our respective cultures as modern societies well known for the value they place on the virtues of inclusiveness, openness to outside influences and universal tolerance.
Just as the Indians and Omanis take justifiable pride in their own culture and traditions, they have always kept their doors and windows open to winds of diverse influences from abroad.
This has enriched our respective cultural fabrics, fostered social harmony and helped us collectively promote peaceful co-existence on the global stage.
Today as we celebrate these two artifacts, we celebrate this shared tradition. A tradition that is a reminder that the two countries share not only thousands of years of history, but thousands of years of friendship.
I once again convey my appreciation to the National Museum and the Secretary General for their support in organizing this first-ever exhibition of historical artifacts from India.
I am confident that in the months to come, we shall have more such opportunities for collaboration, showcasing not just our shared history, but also our shared culture.
Thank you. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.
Sadhguru in Oman, Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Amit Narang, Muscat, 25 May 2022.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me immense pleasure to welcome in Oman on your behalf Shri Jaggi Vasudev ji or as he is more popularly known as ‘Sadhguru’.
A spiritual master, venerated Guru, thinker, speaker, wise counsel and environmental champion, ‘Sadhguru’’s work over the past 2 decades has spanned an enormous range of work - from guiding a path to human consciousness, channelling an inner engineering for self-discovery and realization, promoting social harmony and universal tolerance, raising awareness on pressing environmental issues as well as fostering a better and more humane society.
In doing so, he has touched millions of lives all around the world, an outreach that is reflected in his rock star popularity across nations and cultures.
Sadhguru, a warm welcome to you in Oman on behalf of all these wonderful people – Indians and Omanis - who have come to meet you.
At the outset, I would like to place on record our deep appreciation for the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik for their generous support to the ‘Save Soil’ movement and organizing this iconic event.
Few issues should be as obvious for urgent collective human action, as that of soil health. Yet, no issue is perhaps more neglected.
While Air and Water do get their share of attention, soil quite literally remains under our feet, unseen, unheard and taken for granted.
Yet, as Sadhguru will tell us, the ground is slipping away from under humanity and if urgent action is not taken to preserve, conserve and nurture the soil that nurtures us, it may well be too late.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A good leader they say, is one who doesn’t just talk, but walks the talk. Sadhguru in his characteristic way, has gone one step further.
He has not just walked the talk, he has ‘motorbiked’ the talk!
Over the past 66 days, he has biked across 26 countries as a solo bike rider covering over 30,000 kms. In doing so, he has touched over 2 billion lives.
A feat of enormous human endurance, and a journey of immense global significance.
It is indeed fitting that his remarkable global road journey is concluding in this blessed land of Oman.
For millennia, Oman has been at the cross roads of human civilization, not just geographically, but also culturally. An essential characteristic of this nation that makes its people so broad and open-minded, culturally confident and cosmopolitan, and ever welcoming and kind.
It is also fitting that this remarkable journey is taking place as India is celebrating 75 years of its independence.
Indeed, what could be a better celebration of 75 glorious years of this great nation than its most famous Yogi traveling the world with a message of peace, a message of action, on an issue that truly unites us as one humanity.
For India of course, there are few countries as close and few relationships as special as the one with Oman.
India-Oman friendship today has a new marker in welcoming in Sadhguru, a messenger of peace and a torchbearer for soil.
Sadhguru, we are all eagerly awaiting to listen to you.
May I invite you on to the stage.
Namaskar. Source: Embassy of India, Muscat.
Visit of Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs to the State of Qatar, Doha, 10 May 2022.
Shri V. Muraleedharan, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs visited Qatar from May 8 -10, 2022. During the visit, he held fruitful and productive discussions with his counterpart H.E. Mr. Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Hassan bin Abdulla Al-Ghanim, Speaker of the Shura Council and members of the Shura Council.
Both sides positively assessed the growing bilateral cooperation, including in the fields of trade, investment, energy, security, defence, education, culture, health and people to people contacts and resolved to further deepen them. It was agreed to continue the momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries and hold the first meeting of the bilateral Joint Commission at the level of Foreign Ministers in India at an early date. Both sides agreed to promote parliamentary exchanges and hold a series of events to commemorate 50 years of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between India and Qatar in 2023.
At a public reception hosted at the Indian Cultural Centre, Hon’ble MoS highlighted the transformational journey of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and highlighted the significant role of the Indian diaspora during the Amrit Kaal in run up to the centenary of India’s independence. He participated in a cultural programme to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Hon’ble MoS participated in the International Labour Day celebrations held at Asian Town Labour city with thousands of Indian workers and highlighted Government of India’s welfare measures for the migrant workers. He interacted with many blue-collar workers over dinner and listened to their experiences and challenges. He welcomed the progressive labour reform measures adopted by the State of Qatar. He also visited the residential quarters of the Indian fishermen and interacted with them. He appreciated their contribution to local food security.
Hon’ble MoS also inaugurated the Indian Pavilion in Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition and visited the participating Indian exhibitors. He appreciated their role in fostering new business partnerships and expanding bilateral trade. He also visited the Ali Bin Ali FIFA Stadium that has been constructed by the Indian company M/s L&T.
Hon’ble MoS visited the Inter-denominational Christian Church Complex of the Indian community. He also held separate meetings with the representatives from various Indian community organizations, including those working in areas of community welfare, business, health, culture, sports, education, engineering and accountancy. He underlined that their contributions remain vital in building Brand India and appreciated their work during the challenging times of Covid pandemic. Source: Embassy of India, Doha.
Visit of 1TS to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, New Delhi, 08 May 2022.
The ships of First Training Squadron are on a visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of their five nation Overseas Deployment. Captain Aftab Ahmed Khan, Senior Officer, First Training Squadron along with Commanding Officers of the 1TS ships called on Rear Admiral Yahya Bin Mohammed Al-Assiri, Western Fleet Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. Issues of bilateral Naval cooperation and training initiatives between the two countries were discussed. During the visit, the ships will be involved in interaction with officials from Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia and various other dignitaries as well as training exchange. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Ministry of Tourism under its “Incredible India” brand line participates at the Arabian Travel Market, Dubai -2022, New Delhi, 09 May 2022.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India under its “Incredible India” brand line is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai -2022 being held from 9th to 12th May, 2022 showcasing India’s rich & diversified tourism potential and providing a platform to the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products including Niche products. Also, it is aimed to promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination.
During the Mart the India Pavilion is showcasing India as a “365 Days Destination” a year-round multi-faceted tourist destination such as Culture, Adventure, Cruise, Golf, MICE, luxury, wildlife, wellness and medical tourism etc. India Reopening as a theme has been amplified during the mart with the ‘Namaste Campaign’ to welcome International Travellers showcasing must-visit destinations of India.
The India Pavilion was inaugurated in the august presence of Mr. Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, Ms. Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Dr. Aman Puri H.E. Consul General of India to Dubai, Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Tourism & MD, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and Mr. Kitto Zhimomi, Commissioner &Secretary, Government of Nagaland.
Around 18 Participants from India representing the State Tourism Government of Kerala, Nagaland and Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hoteliers/Resorts, will be present in the India Pavilion showcasing the diverse tourism products and services. Apart from this, State Government of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka are also showcasing the tourism potential that States have to offer.
The Indian tourism outlook is certainly very promising with an upward trend in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA)barring the period of Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 when the international travel was suspended in majority parts of the world. As the situation is getting slowly & steadily normalized and the international travel has resumed, India is seeing a positive response from most of the source markets. The Gulf and the Middle East region is one of the most important markets forvIndia. The availability of e-Visa facility in three different segments that is tourist, business & medical segment makes it far more convenient for visitors to travel to India. Also, Ministry of Tourism has been undertaking focused campaigns to target the Indian Diaspora in line with the appeal Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of ‘ChaloIndia’ thereby urging Indian Diaspora to inspire at least five of their non-Indian friends every year to visit India, calling them 'Rashtradoot'.
India is an experiential destination with its kaleidoscope of ancient culture and heritage, ancient systems of healing like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Naturopathy, natural beauty including 70% of the Himalayas and over 7500 km long coastline, rich flora and fauna, world class medical facilities and many other aspects make India the favoured destination for the discerning traveller. The enchanting backwaters, hill stations and landscapes make India a beautiful country.
India’s rich and diverse natural, cultural, and religious heritage provides a unique opportunity for tourism, ranging from the architecture of palaces, forts, temples, to the grandeur of its sculptures, and the beauty of its paintings, the scenic landscapes all offering an unparalleled experience. The Indian Himalayas are a complete destination in themselves and span across six states of India namely Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and the hill regions of West Bengal.
Theme based schemes for the integrated development of circuits for improvement of infrastructure in the country have been launched by the Ministry of Tourism to enable tourists experience the destination fully. The Ministry of Tourism has also taken the initiative of identifying, diversifying, developing and promoting nascent / upcoming niche tourism products. These have resulted in the development of unique products like Rural, Adventure, Eco, Wellness, Golf, MICE, Medical and Cruise Tourism
One of the regions in focus is the North Eastern region of India which comprises the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Promotion of tourism of the North Eastern States of India with its rich and diverse tourism products, variety of flora and fauna, and also home to the unique Asian one horned Rhino, is being given special emphasis. This area is also becoming popular with tourists for River Cruises. In order to showcase the tourism potential of the region in domestic and key international markets, Ministry of Tourism in association with the North-Eastern States organizes the International Tourism Mart (ITM) annually in one of the North-eastern States.
India has emerged as a Destination for Medical / Wellness Travel in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The percentage of Foreign Tourist Arrivals visiting India for Medical Treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly. India is poised to become a hub for medical tourism because of several factors viz. world class hospitals with latest technology; highly skilled Indian physicians and surgeons; cost effective treatment; excellent quality of care and nursing; less waiting time for availing of medical services; traditional healthcare therapies like Ayurveda & Yoga combined with allopathic treatment providing a holistic wellness destination.
Safety and Security of the tourists being one of the prime concerns, the Ministry of Tourism has a 24x7 Toll-Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Helpline in total 12 languages besides in Hindi & English, 10 international languages namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. This helpline is available on the existing Toll Free Number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 for dialling in India and offers assistance to callers during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities.
The Ministry of Tourism’s Official Website (www.incredibleindia.org) showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences, such as, spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. This website is also available in Hindi and leading international languages. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
A high level delegation from UAE led by H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy to visit India , New Delhi, 10 May 2022.
A high level delegation led by H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy accompanied by H.E. Ahmed Belhouli Al Falasi , UAE Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs is visiting India from tomorrow, 11 May 2022.
During the visit, the delegation would be meeting with Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles on 11 May 2022 and 13 May 2022 in New Delhi and Mumbai respectively to discuss bilateral trade and investment relations.
The visit provides an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the already close and dynamic economic ties between the two countries. The visit also includes interactions with key investors of both sides.
The bilateral trade between two countries stood at US$ 65.1 billion, making UAE India’s 3rd largest trading partner. There is a potential of this trade growing to $ 100 billion. India is on an ambitious path to achieve US $ 5 trillion GDP by 2025 and UAE is considered as a valuable partner in India’s journey to realize this goal.
A number of engagements in New Delhi and Mumbai including B2B Events, Industry interactions, Investor meetings and so on are scheduled for the visiting UAE delegation during their stay in India. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Ministry of Tourism highlights the different Tourism products of India at the 2nd day of Arabian Travel Market, Dubai -2022, New Delhi, 10 May 2022.
The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India held a press conference with the International Media and Influencers on the 2nd day of the Arabian Travel Market, Dubai -2022 ,The press conference was conducted by Ms. Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India in the august presence of Minister of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand Mr. Satpal Maharaj. The Press Conference was also attended by Mr. K. Kalimuthu, Consul, (Economic, Trade, and Commerce), Mr. Prashant Ranjan, Director Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, Bollywood Celebrity Rakul Preet Singh, and International Singer Shweta Subram.
During the press conference, various verticals of tourism potential in India were discussed. Minister of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand Mr Satpal Maharaj discussed the importance of tourist destinations in Uttarakhand that can be leveraged for the promotion of tourism such as adventure tourism, wedding tourism in the State of Uttarakhand. Minister also highlighted the initiatives undertaken by the Govt of Uttarakhand with regards to increasing the footfall of tourists in the state. He also discussed various infrastructure development projects such as Haridwar International Airport and way forward strategies being undertaken by the Govt. of Uttarakhand.
Ms. Rupinder Brar stated that the Ministry has been aggressively promoting different tourism products and destinations. The major focus has been given to the potential of MICE, Film Tourism, Wellness Tourism, Medical Tourism, Luxury Tourism, Wildlife Tourism and Adventure Tourism. She stated that the Middle East has been the major target market for Indian tourism. Large number of tourists from the Middle East visit India for MICE, medical, wellness, luxury tourism etc. Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India has been holistically promoting Indian tourism in the Middle East market. Participation in Arabian Travel Mart has been one such initiative by the Government.
During the conference, it was highlighted that India has opened up for the International visitors, for this the Ministry has already undertaken ‘Namaste India’ Campaign for encouraging International visitors to travel to India. The Ministry has also been focusing on confidence-building strategies post-pandemic.
Ms. Rakul Preet Singh highlighted the importance of film tourism and the potential of India as an-important destination for film-making, having all physical geographical features and landscape. She further focused on the role of North Eastern States as a potential film shooting destination.
Mr. K. Kalimuthu, Consul, (Economic, Trade, and Commerce) deliberated on the importance of the Indian diaspora for publicity and promotion of India in the overseas market. He also highlighted appeal of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of ‘Chalo India’ thereby urging Indian Diaspora to inspire at least five of their non-Indian friends every year to visit India, calling them 'Rashtradoot'. He emphasized the role of tourism for the overall economic growth of the country.
Ms. Shweta Subram also emphasized the role of the Indian diaspora with regard to the promotion of India in the overseas market. She further highlighted that social media promotion shall be the game-changer for the promotion of tourism in India. Lots of millennial tourists use social media looking for promotional content such as travel & tourism. She also spoke about the role of social media influencers in engaging a large number of tourists/followers.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India under its “Incredible India” brand line has participated at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai -2022 being held from 9th to 12th May 2022 showcasing India’s rich & diversified tourism potential and providing a platform to the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products including Niche products. Also, aim is to promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination.
During the Mart, the India Pavilion will be showcasing India as a “365 Days Destination” a year-round multi-faceted tourist destination such as Culture, Adventure, Cruise, Golf, MICE, luxury, wildlife, wellness, and medical tourism etc. India Reopening as a theme has been amplified during the mart with the ‘Namaste Campaign’ to welcome International Travellers showcasing must-visit destinations of India.
Around 18 Participants from India representing the State Tourism Government of Kerala, Nagaland, and Tour Operators, Travel Agents, and Hoteliers/Resorts, will be present in the India Pavilion showcasing the diverse tourism products and services. Apart from this, the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka are also showcasing the tourism potential that States has to offer.
The Ministry of Tourism’s Official Website (www.incredibleindia.org) showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences, such as, spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. This website is also available in Hindi and leading international languages. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Skill India International Centre to be set up at Varanasi to prepare skilled workforce for mobility to UAE, New Delhi, 12 May 2022.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between NSDC International (NSDCI) and the Indian unit of DP World, Hindustan Ports Private Limited to develop a Skill India International Centre at Varanasi and to skill Indian youth for pursuing overseas employment opportunities in logistics, port operations and allied areas. Skill India International Centre at Varanasi will impart skilling as per international standards, preparing the candidates for global markets. The MoU was exchanged between Shri Ved Mani Tiwari, Director, NSDC International and Mohammed Al Muallem, Executive Vice President, DP World and Director, HPPL in the presence of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education & Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Shri Rajeev Chandrasekar, Minister of State for Skill Development& Entrepreneurship; Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs, UAE; Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, MSDE; Shri Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to UAE and Rizwan Soomar, CEO and Managing Director, DP World subcontinent.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan underscored that India is a valuable partner to United Arab Emirates and other countries across the world. He mentioned that the Government is working to fulfil the aspirations of India’s youth and prepare them for the future of work. The Government is creating a reliable, qualified and an able workforce that will drive economic success, not only for India but for other economies of the world too. He further highlighted that with the existing strong ties between India and the UAE, this will be yet another successful partnership that will deepen our relationship. Skill India Mission aims to bring economic prosperity and provide novel opportunities to the country’s youth.
Emphasizing the importance of skilled professionals in UAE, Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi said that this association will help accelerate skills development amongst both countries youth and will be beneficial in addressing and meeting the emerging skills needed by both economies labour markets. He congratulated both NSDCI and DP World for this intent of cooperation to build a future ready skilled workforce. This Memorandum of Understanding will further strengthen the relationship between UAE and India and help enhance workforce productivity, he added.
The MoU signing was preceded by bilateral discussions chaired by Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship & SMEs, UAE. They explored ways to further invigorate bilateral engagements in skill development & entrepreneurship and to take the India-UAE CEPA to unprecedented heights. The two sides agreed to develop and strengthen comprehensive institutional framework for engaging all relevant stakeholders to scale up skills-based cooperation, including in up-skilling of workforce, training of trainers, facilitating exchange programmes and apprenticeship engagement. Recognition of certificates issued by Indian Skilling Centres in UAE and renewal of G-to-G mechanism between Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI & National Qualifications Authority, UAE were also discussed for liberalising the process of assessment and certification of Indian workforce and to ensure greater mobility for them.
Skill India International Centres are aimed at providing high-quality training to Indian youth. The centres will host training facilities, providing skills as per the demand of international employers in countries like United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia and other GCC regions. The Skill India International Centres will also have a wide network of partnering organisations and overseas recruiters to facilitate supply of skilled and certified workforce in other countries. These partnering organisations will work with NSDCI for aggregating demand from overseas markets. The centres will have services such as mobilisation, counselling, skill training, pre-departure orientation, foreign language training, placement and immigration and post-placement support.
About NSDC International Limited (NSDCI)
NSDC International Ltd. is a subsidiary of National Skill Development Corporation that is driving Skill India International Mission of making India the Skill Capital of the World. The vision is to transform India as a preferred partner country for sourcing skilled and certified workforce across the globe. Its objective is to be create an internationally benchmarked quality skills ecosystem and cements its position as a global supplier for quality talent. It offers global job opportunities for resident Indians and global career mobility for overseas Indians.
About DP World
Hindustan Ports Private Limited is part of DP World, a leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Its comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services, rail network and economic zones as well as technology-driven customer solutions. Wherever DP World operates, it integrates sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into its activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
PM condoles the passing away of UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, New Delhi, 13 May 2022.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the passing away of United Arab Emirates President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and said that he was a great statesman and visionary leader under whom India-UAE relations prospered.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;
"I am deeply saddened to know about the passing away of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. He was a great statesman and visionary leader under whom India-UAE relations prospered. The heartfelt condolences of the people of India are with the people of UAE. May his soul rest in peace." Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
One Day State Mourning tomorrow as a mark of respect on the passing away of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, 13 May 2022.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi has passed away. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there will be one day’s State Mourning tomorrow throughout India.
The National Flag will be flown at half-mast on the day of mourning throughout India on all buildings where the National Flag is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment on the day. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
PM congratulates H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected as the new President of the UAE, New Delhi, 14 May 2022.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected as the new President of the UAE.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;
"My best wishes to the Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected as the new President of the UAE. I am confident that under his dynamic and visionary leadership, our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will continue to deepen. @MohamedBinZayed". Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Vice President arrives in UAE to convey condolences on behalf of the nation on the sad demise of the late President of UAE, New Delhi, 15 May 2022.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, arrived today in Abu Dhabi to convey his condolences on behalf of the nation on the sad demise of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, two days ago.
Meeting with the newly elected President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other royal family members and Emirati dignitaries at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, Shri Naidu recalled the contributions of the late President and said that “Sheikh Khalifa was a great world leader and a true friend of India”.
Paying rich tributes to the late President, Shri Naidu observed how Sheikh Khalifa showed visionary leadership for the development of the UAE building on the legacy of Sheikh Zayed and greatly strengthened the India-UAE partnership. He took exceptional care of the large Indian expatriate community in the UAE. He said that his sad demise is an irreparable loss for the Indian community in the UAE.
At the meeting, the Vice President also conveyed his best wishes to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected as the President of the UAE. Recalling his visits to India and the recent historic Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and UAE in February 2022, Shri Naidu praised H.H Sheikh Mohammed’s dynamic approach and leadership. He expressed confidence that India-UAE strategic partnership will continue to progress and reach new heights under the new President’s leadership and guidance. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Defence Secretary & Chief of Force Development Authority at MoD, UAE discuss ways to enhance defence cooperation, New Delhi, 25 May 2022.
Chief of the Force Development Authority at Ministry of Defence, United Arab Emirates Major General Staff Hassan Mohamed Sultan Bani Hammad called on Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar in New Delhi on May 25, 2022. They discussed ways to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries. The General also briefed the Defence Secretary about the 11th meeting of India-UAE Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) held on May 24, 2022.
The JDCC meeting was co-chaired by Joint Secretary (Armed Forces) Shri Dinesh Kumar and Chief of the Force Development Authority at Ministry of Defence, UAE. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the progress made in military-to-military engagements, including joint exercises, Expert Exchanges, Industry Cooperation and Cooperation in the field of Research and Development. It was decided to identify new avenues and examine areas of mutual interest for Joint Venture in order to enhance defence industry cooperation. Enhancing the scope and complexities of the existing joint exercises was also discussed.
It was agreed to hold the next meeting of JDCC in UAE on mutually convenient dates in 2023. The JDCC is the apex body between the Defence Ministries of India and UAE to comprehensively review & guide all aspects of bilateral defence cooperation.
The General also met with Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Policy Planning and Force Development) Lt Gen Atulya Solankey at Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff. The UAE delegation also interacted with Indian Defence Industries and visited Bharat Electronics Limited, Ghaziabad. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Union Minister Bhupender Yadav meets with H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Climate Envoy and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, New Delhi, 26 May 2022.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Climate Envoy and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology. In the meeting, they discussed issues relating to climate change, hosting of COP 28 and other related matters.
Prior to the bilateral meeting, a MoU on Climate Action was also signed by the Hon’ble Ministers. The basic objective of this MoU is to establish a framework to facilitate and enhance bilateral cooperation on climate action, and also contributes towards implementing the Paris Agreement.
In the bilateral Meeting, Shri Bhupender Yadav took note of the UAE’s bid to host COP 28 in 2023 and stated that we need to prioritise the concerns of developing countries, particularly in areas of implementation support including finance and technology.
Union Environment Minister stressed that the issues of climate finance, adaptation, loss and damage, therefore, need more focus in the road beyond COP26. Shri Yadav acknowledged and appreciated the UAE’s climate actions, and also shared India’s concrete climate actions, which have been undertaking under the dynamic visionary guidance and leadership of our Prime Minister. He also requested UAE to consider joining Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI) and Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT).
Both sides also acknowledged that with the signing of the MoU on climate change, both sides may explore on how to strengthen bilateral cooperation on climate action mutually, especially in the areas and activities identified in the MoU. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
EPCH Participates in INDEX DESIGN FAIR 2022 at Dubai, UAE, New Delhi, 26 May 2022.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) set-up an exclusive Handicrafts of India pavilion along with member exporters in Index 2022 - Design Fair from 24 – 26 May, 2022. The EPCH India pavilion was Inaugurated by Dr. Aman Puri Consul General, Consulate General of India at Dubai in the presence of Shri Rajesh Kumar Jain - Member COA EPCH, Shri Abhishek Jindal - Member, Central Regional Committee EPCH and participating exporters.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar, DG EPCH informed that this year, 29 out of 50 Indian companies participated in INDEX Fair. The member got positive response from the buyers on their exclusive products range of candles, wooden handicrafts items, textiles furnishing, leather products, lamps and lighting, ceramics, and rugs and carpets. More than 500 companies participated and attract over 20,000 trade visitors in this edition of Index 2022 after a gap of 2 year Covid Pandemic. Prominent member exporters from Moradabad Mr. Ashok Arora Member COA EPCH and Mohd. Shamsi visited EPCH pavilion at the fair.
The Middle East countries including UAE are important markets for Indian handicrafts with exports of more than 2485.74 INR crores. The recently signed India-UAE FTA will pave way for enhanced exports growth to the WANA region, Dr. Kumar added.
EPCH is a nodal organisation responsible for promotion of exports of handcrafted products from India to various global destinations and project India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier at competitive prices. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
PERMANENT MSSION OF INDIA TO THE UN
UN Security Council meeting on Iraq / UNAMI, Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York, 17 May 2022.
Thank you, Madam President. I thank Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for her comprehensive briefing. We appreciate UNAMI’s close cooperation with the Government of Iraq in providing the necessary assistance sought by them to tackle the multiple challenges being faced by Iraq. I thank Ms. Hanaa Edwar for her insights. I also welcome the Permanent Representative of Iraq to this meeting.
2. We take note of the discussions between various political parties in Iraq towards formation of a new government. I reiterate India’s support for the democratic process in Iraq and encourage all political parties to work together for early formation of a new government, which can take measures to fulfil the aspirations of Iraqi people, especially the women and youth, and promote inclusiveness and reconciliation.
3. We also note with appreciation the positive steps taken by Iraq to implement the national counter-terrorism strategy. Only through such efforts, we can eliminate the threats posed by ISIL and other terrorist groups in Iraq. We welcome the continued cooperation of Iraq with the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee.
4. Despite the success of the ongoing counter-terrorism efforts by Iraqi Security Forces, ISIL remains active in the country, as acknowledged by the recent report of the Secretary General on the terrorist group. ISIL’s ability to launch attacks at a steady rate, including through hit-and-run operations and ambushes, is deeply concerning. The focus of this Council should be to eliminate every threat posed by ISIL and other terror groups in Iraq and elsewhere in the world. We support continued international efforts to assist Iraq in combating terrorism, including through training of Iraqi security forces.
5. Military actions inside Iraqi territory by Iraq’s neighbours is a clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be fully respected. Similarly, continued possession of arms and weapons by non-State groups in Iraq outside of State control is also a matter of great concern. Armed groups in Iraq should disarm and show commitment to the democratic principles.
6. We applaud the Government of Iraq’s concerted efforts to maintain friendly and cordial ties with all its neighbours and to facilitate dialogue between the regional countries. We also welcome the ongoing cooperation between the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait to achieve an early amicable solution on the issue of missing Kuwaiti persons and third-country nationals, as well as the return of Kuwaiti property.
7. India’s friendship with Iraq is steeped in history. Our people to people ties and the multi-faceted bilateral relations are very strong. India has always responded to the urgent needs of Iraq. Our technical and economic cooperation programme has grown from strength to strength over the years. There are more than 1700 Iraqi students pursuing higher studies in educational institutions in India and around 15000 Iraqi citizens visit India every year for medical treatment in various hospitals in India.
8. India remains steadfast in its support for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We hope to continue our partnership with the new government, as soon as it is formed, in furthering Iraq’s endeavours towards peace, stability and prosperity for its people.
Thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
UNSC briefing/consultations on Syria (humanitarian), New York, 20 May 2022.
I join others in thanking Under Secretary General Martin Griffiths for his briefing today.
2. The humanitarian situation in Syria, as evident from today’s briefing, has not seen any major improvement during the month. The number of people needing humanitarian assistance has now crossed 14 million, with essential food items and fuel in short supply. While the international community’s focus is on the humanitarian situation arising out of Ukraine, we must not lose sight of the sufferings of the Syrian people.
3. Moving decisively forward on the political track in Syria is an urgent imperative to alleviate the sufferings of its people. To realize this, all parties, particularly the external players need to display their commitment, in tangible terms, to a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned UN-facilitated political process in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. The initiatives of the regional countries in normalizing the relations with Syria can also positively contribute to addressing the humanitarian situation.
4. We also need to avoid linking humanitarian and developmental assistance with the progress in the political process. Such a position will only exacerbate the humanitarian sufferings. There is an urgent need to scale up assistance and to ensure that humanitarian agencies receive the necessary funding to fully execute their plans without politicization of basic needs of the people. International community needs to constructively look at promoting projects, which will bring much needed jobs and economic opportunities for the Syrian people and thereby help to ease shortfalls. In the face of falling production of food staples and issues related to water shortage, it is important that we address the collective concerns of the Syrian people with utmost seriousness.
5. We also believe that a nation-wide comprehensive ceasefire is in the larger interests of the Syrian people. While cross-border operations are predictable and important, they cannot continue to exist in perpetuity. We note the ongoing efforts, including the 4th convoy from Aleppo facilitated by Syria, and reiterate that OCHA and UN agencies need to focus more efforts to enhance crossline operations.
6. India has been repeatedly reiterating the looming threat posed by resurgence of terrorist groups in Syria. We cannot discuss humanitarian situation in Syria in isolation, without referring to growing activities of terrorist groups such as ISIL/Daesh. The attack on a prison in Al-Hasakeh city by ISIL/Daesh in January demonstrated the severity of the problem. Hostilities, including airstrikes and shelling in north-west Syria, continue to adversely impact civilians, including women and children, particularly in NW Syria.
7. India has been consistently highlighting how external players have contributed to the growth of terrorist groups in Syria. The continuing neglect of this issue by the international community will cause irreparable damage to our collective fight against terrorism. The situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps housing women and children, also continues to remain serious. Grave concerns remain over the conditions in the camps, where several criminal activities including murders have been reported in 2022.
8. We are concerned that the humanitarian assistance to Syria in 2021 was less than the previous year and thus there is an urgent need to scale up humanitarian assistance. In this regard we request OCHA to harmonize the data related to early recovery and resilience projects in a comprehensive manner so that Council has before it, a holistic view by end of June, well before expiry of the cross-border authorization.
9. In conclusion, India has continued to extend developmental assistance and human resource development support to Syria through grants and lines of credits for developmental projects, supply of medicine and food, artificial limb fitment camps, a Next Generation IT centre and capacity building training programs. Since the beginning of the conflict, India has always stood by the Syrian people in their hour of need and will continue to do so.
I thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
UNSC Meeting on United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York, 26 May 2022.
At the outset, I would like to thank the Under Secretary General (USG) Rosemary Di Carlo for her briefing today.
2. The challenges faced by Libya came in sharp focus earlier this month with reports of clashes outside Tripoli. It is imperative that all outstanding political issues are resolved peacefully by the parties concerned, keeping the larger interests of the Libyan people in mind. We hope that all parties will work together to maintain peace and stability in the country. In this regard, we once again reiterate the importance of holding the Presidential and Parliamentary elections at the earliest, which would be critical in carrying forward the momentum generated by the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement.
3. The priority right now is to ensure that elections are held at the earliest in a free, fair, inclusive, and credible manner. We hope that all parties in Libya can unite around this common purpose. We note that positive movement has been achieved in several areas by the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, and look forward to an early consensus between the Libyan parties on the constitutional basis for holding the elections.
4. It is important for the Security Council and the international community to support the Libyan people as they prepare for the elections. Violence of any form could undermine the progress achieved since 2020, and should be strongly opposed.
5. The sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Libya needs to be safeguarded. The political process must be fully Libyan-led and Libyan-owned with no imposition or external interference.
6. It is also important to see concrete progress in the full and complete withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries. It is regrettable that after over a year and a half since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement we are yet to see tangible progress in this regard. Continued presence of foreign forces and mercenaries is detrimental to the peace and stability of the country and the region.
7. In this context, let me also stress the importance of planning for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed groups and non-state armed actors. Libya also needs an inclusive and comprehensive national reconciliation process.
8. It is also important for the international community to focus its attention on the threat of terrorism in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region. Reports of the Secretary General have highlighted the presence of training camps of ISIL and its affiliates in southern Libya. ISIL’s continued ability to launch attacks is deeply concerning. The focus of this Council should be to eliminate every threat posed by ISIL and other terror groups anywhere in the world. Terrorism is a growing threat to Africa and it is important for the Security Council to focus on this issue before it is too late.
9. India has traditionally enjoyed close and mutually beneficial bilateral ties with Libya and we remain committed to supporting Libya and the Libyan people in their endeavour to bring about lasting peace in the country.
I thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
UNSC meeting on Question of Palestine, New York, 26 May 2022.
Thank you, Madam President. I thank UN Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland, Mr. Daniel Munayer and Ms. Robi Dameline for their briefings.
2. The events during the holy month of Ramzan have illustrated the potential volatility surrounding the holy sites in Jerusalem. Provocative actions or rhetoric must be avoided and the historic and legal status-quo in the holy sites of Jerusalem must be respected and fully preserved. A concerted diplomatic effort is also required to deal with the root causes of the recent tensions and ensure that the situation does not deteriorate again. A large number of Indians visit Jerusalem, which among several holy sites also houses the Al Zawiyya Al Hindiyya — the Indian Hospice, which is a historic place associated with a great Indian Sufi saint Baba Farid and located inside the Old City of Jerusalem.
3. Violent attacks and the killing of civilians have continued in Palestine and Israel. We strongly condemn such acts, which have resulted in an increasingly high number of casualties, including women and children. Immediate steps must be taken to ensure the complete cessation of violence.
4. Resolution 2334 calls upon parties to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, to refrain from provocative acts of incitement and inflammatory rhetoric. Any action that unduly alters the status-quo on the ground and undercuts the viability of the two-State solution must be eschewed.
5. We are following the developments in Masafer Yatta with concern. Tensions have risen over the potential legal eviction of the Palestinian families in the area, which includes children. We appeal for the status-quo to be maintained in Masafer Yatta in the interest of peace and stability.
6. The continued precarious financial situation of UNRWA remains another matter of concern, as lack of funding to the Agency can adversely affect the delivery of humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugee community in the Palestine and elsewhere. In this regard, we welcome the convening of the Ad hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the announcement of the voluntary contribution to UNRWA by the Secretary-General in June. We hope adequate funding would be pledged by the international community to help UNRWA overcome the financial crisis. India has already contributed USD 20 million over the last 4 years and has also pledged USD 5 million for UNRWA’s program budget for the year 2022.
7. The recent incidents have underscored that the security challenges could quickly reverse any gains made in the socio-economic sectors unless there is a political dialogue between Israel and Palestine. An early return to the peace process by launching credible direct negotiations, while addressing the security and economic challenges, is an immediate necessity.
8. India has consistently called for direct peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine based on the internationally agreed framework, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for Statehood and Israel’s legitimate security concerns. The absence of direct negotiations is not conducive to securing long-term peace and will only increase the risk of recurrence, and escalation of violence.
9. Let me conclude by reiterating India’s firm and unwavering commitment to the two-State solution and the peaceful resolution of the Palestine question. India has always supported a negotiated two-State solution leading to the establishment of a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel.
10. We call on the UN and the international community to prioritize the revival of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. India stands ready to support all international efforts toward achieving a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian question.
I thank you. Source: Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
Government to send trade delegations to Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Algeria and Lebanon for exploring possibilities of boosting wheat exports from India, New Delhi, 12 May 2022.
The Centre will send trade delegations to Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Algeria and Lebanon for exploring possibilities of boosting wheat exports from India. India has set a target of a record 10 million tonnes of wheat in the 2022-23 amid rising global demand for the grain globally. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has already set up a task force on wheat exports with representatives from various ministries, including commerce, shipping and railways, and exporters under the aegis of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
The Department of Commerce has also planned to organise a series of such sensitization meetings on exports in major wheat growing states such as Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The APEDA organised one such interactive meeting with various stakeholders including farmers, traders and exporters in Karnal, Haryana for promotion of wheat export and ensuring shipment of quality produce. The stakeholders meet was organised in collaboration with ICAR-Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, where experts discussed opportunities and challenges in the sphere of wheat export.
There is a rise in the demand for Indian wheat in the global market, farmers, traders and exporters have been advised to follow all the quality norms of importing countries so that India emerges as a reliable supplier of wheat globally. “We are extending our support to all the stakeholders in the wheat exports value chain for boosting shipment from the country,” Shri M Angamuthu, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA), said. According to estimates by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, India has exported a record 7 million tonne (MT) of wheat in 2021-22 which is valued at $ 2.05 billion. Out of the total shipment around 50% of wheat was exported to Bangladesh in the last fiscal.
Recently, Egypt, which is one of the world’s biggest importers of wheat, had agreed to source wheat from India. Egyptian authorities have put India as one of the origins for this strategic commodity. Egypt imported 6.1 MT of wheat in 2021 and India was not part of the list of accredited countries which can export wheat to Egypt. More than 80% of Egypt’s wheat imports estimated to be close to $ 2 billion in 2021 were from Russia and Ukraine. APEDA has already communicated to exporters to register with Egypt’s public procurement agency – General Authority of Supplies and Commodities, which manages wheat and sugar imports to the north African country. Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB).
OIC General Secretariat Expresses Deep Concern over Attempts to Redraw the Electoral Boundaries of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Jeddah, 16 May 2022.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expresses deep concern over India’s attempts to redraw the electoral boundaries of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, altering the demographic structure of the territory and violating the rights of the Kashmiri people.
The ‘delimitation’ exercises are in direct contravention of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.
Referring to the long-standing and principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and relevant decisions of the Islamic Summit and OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, the General Secretariat reiterates its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just quest for the right of self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions. It urges the international community, particularly the UN Security Council to take immediate cognizance of the grave implications of such ‘delimitation’ exercises. Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
OIC Expresses Concern over the Pronouncement of Life Sentence for Kashmir Leader Yasin Malik, Jeddah, 27 May 2022.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expresses it deep concern over the pronouncement of life sentence for one of the most prominent Kashmiri leaders, Mr. Yasin Malik, who has been leading a peaceful freedom struggle for many decades.
Reiterating its solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for their rights including their right for self-determination, the General Secretariat urges the international community to ensure that the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for the realization of their rights must not be equated with terrorism.
The General Secretariat calls on the Government of India to release all Kashmiri leaders unfairly incarcerated, halt forthwith the gross and systematic persecution of Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK); and respect the right of the people of IIOJK to determine their own future through a free and impartial plebiscite as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
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