Embassy News

Address by Amb. Sibi George at the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet on Marine Products

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by wishing you all, a very happy and healthy new year 2021!

It gives me a great pleasure, to address you all today and welcome you all to today’s conference, which is our first virtual event in the new year,  under the theme ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India)’. It is Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji’s vision, to make India a global manufacturing hub, tapping into our abundant natural resource base, and employing our strong human resource capital.

Today we are exploring, the trade and commercial prospects, for one of India’s major resources, - marine resources. With 7516 km long coastline, India is richly endowed with an abundance of marine flora and fauna. Consequently, marine products of a great quality and quantity are available for cultivation in India.

Coming from the Indian state of Kerala, where the backwaters build, a context for the large part of our geographical, social and cultural lives, and the ocean and its produce are ubiquitous, I have a great appreciation for all things marine. In Kerala, our milieu, is also defined by another phenomenon from a long time, that of, our close and continuous contact with the Arab countries.

Not just Kerala, but the entire Western coast of India, has been in close contact, with the people, on the other shore of the Arabian Sea.

For centuries, Arabian traders traversing the sea, in their sailing ships, formed a major trade and commerce connection between the east and the west. Dhows, or small sailing ships, or Booms or the large ships from Kuwait, bringing pearls and dates from Kuwait to India, and selling it there, were instrumental in linking our two cultures. On return from India, they brought cereals and spices, and textiles and other products of everyday use. This maritime connect, has enriched India, and it has brought together the two civilizations.

India and Kuwait,  are separated, only by the Arabian Sea between them, meaning that we are closest of the neighbors, and our close bilateral relationship, reflects this proximity and understanding of each other.

Our trade and commerce relationship, is robust and is growing further. India is a major source of food grains and other produce, helping ensure food security in Kuwait. Fisheries products are a major part of our bilateral trade, with India being the largest source of seafood imported into Kuwait. The major products that are imported from India include fish, notably pomfret, prawns and crabs etc. In 2019, India exported seafood worth about USD 30 Million to Kuwait. (Through 2019-20, India shipped 1,289,651 tonnes of seafood, worth $ 6.68 billion, compared with 1,392,559 tonnes of seafood (worth $6.73 billion) the previous year.)

The last year was an extraordinary year. All parts of our lives were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We went out far less often, and we did not visit restaurants as we used to do earlier. Consequently, the demand for seafood was affected globally. Even then, India exported marine products worth of about 7 billion USD and our export to Kuwait was also sizeable.

It is commendable, that the Indian seafood exporters have adopted rigorous quality standards, and SOPs to follow COVID-19 related protocols to ensure that when the product reaches our table, it only brings happiness and no anxieties with it. It is a vital requirement for the times we are in, and I am happy, that our producers and exporters ensure, that COVID-19 stays away from our plates and our homes.

As this year progresses further and hopefully demand normalizes, Indian exports will pick up, and consumers in Kuwait, and elsewhere, will be able to relish, their favorite seafood dishes.

It is thus, an ideal time, for Indian exporters and Kuwaiti importers to come together and discuss, the prospects of their trade, and make preparations for the future.

We have an impressive line of speakers joining us today. I am happy to welcome Shri K S Sriniwas, Chairman of Marine Products Export Development Authority, India, whose dynamic leadership and engagement, in promoting exports of marine products from India, is helping Indian exporters to reach newer markets. I am sure, that his remarks will help you all, gain further insights in seafood industry in India, and its prospects in Kuwait.

I am happy, to welcome our guest of honor today, Dr Reem Al Fulaji, Deputy Director of Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN), State of Kuwait. As a representative of the regulating body in Kuwait, responsible for import of fisheries and related products, I am sure she will be able to share, her insights to help promote quality import from India. A detailed presentation from her colleague, Mr. Faisal Al-Rashidi, on all aspects of seafood import, from the Kuwaiti Regulator’s perspective, would be of great utility, to all our participants from India today.

We also have industry representatives, from Kuwait and India, joining us today. I am sure, that the experiences of Mr. Mashal Ahmad AlJarki, Group CEO, Al-Thiqa group of companies and Mr. Alex K. Ninan, President, Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI), Kerala region, India will be useful, for all participants of today’s conference.

I wish every success to today’s conference, and hope that the participants form useful contacts with each other, and help promote the seafood trade between India and Kuwait in coming days. We, at the Embassy, particularly our Commercial Section, is always available for any help you need.

Thank you and best wishes.

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Embassy of India announced setting up of LEGAL HELP DESK in the Embassy premises

 

Embassy of India is pleased to announce that a LEGAL HELP DESK has been set up in the Embassy premises to provide free of cost voluntary legal advice to Indian residents of Kuwait. Those who wish to seek legal advice on any matter may like to approach the LEGAL HELP DESK on every Saturday between 10.00–12.00 hrs. (10 AM to 12 Noon), starting from January 2, 2021.This is operationalized in collaboration with Indian Lawyers Forum Kuwait.

This Help Desk is in addition to the free voluntary service offered by following Kuwait-based Indian lawyers on legal matters to Indian residents of Kuwait. Those who wish to seek free legal advice on any matter may continue to approach them directly with a copy of correspondence marked to cw.kuwait@mea.gov.in.

1 Mr. Benny Thomas                66907769      bennynalpathamkalam@hotmail.com 

2 Ms. Deepa Augustine            69031902      deepapraveenv@gmail.com 

3 Mr. Hajeer Nainan Koya        50660640      hajeerninan@gmail.com 

4 Mr. Joseph Wilfred                51415344      josephwilfred39@gmail.com 

5 Mr. Nasari Abdul Rahuman   51776951     advnasariabdul@gmail.com

This is also in addition to the current panel of lawyers in the Embassy to provide better access to legal aid to Indian residents of Kuwait. Those who wish to seek legal assistance may continue to approach them directly with a copy of correspondence marked to cw.kuwait@mea.gov.in. 

1 Mr. Athbi AlThanoon, AMS Legal Group                                          amslegalgroup@gmail.com

2 Mr. Farraj Obaidal-Aradah, Al-Aradah Group Legal Consultancy    farraj.lawyer@gmail.com

3 Ms. Marwa A. Mataqi, Marafi and MataqiLaw Firm                          m.marafilawfirm@gmail.com

4 Mr. Mohammed Ali Helal Al Enezi                                                   aleneziq8i@gmail.com

5 Mr. Nawaf Al Mutairi, Al Dar forConsultancies and Law Affairs       fawyahmed652@gmail.com

6  Mr. Othman A. Al-Masood, Arkan Legal Consultant                       al-mas3oud@hotmail.com

7  Mr. Samir Chartouni, Al AhedAttorneys at Law & Legal Advisers   samchartouni@live.com

For more details please follow the link https://indembkwt.gov.in/panel-of-lawyers.php.

It may please be noted that the services rendered through Help Desk and by Indian Lawyers are purely of advisory nature and the individual may like to use discretion for further course of action. The Embassy of India in Kuwait does not bear any responsibility of the consequences arisen out of such advice.

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Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas 2021 Convention details

 

 

The 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention will be held on 9 January 2021 virtually. Hon‟ble Prime Minister will address the Inaugural Session in the morning and Hon‟ble Rashtrapati ji will deliver the Valedictory Address, in the evening. In between, two sessions will be held on “Role of Diaspora in Atmanirbhar Bharat” and “Facing post-COVID Challenges.

In the run up to the virtual PBD Convention, five PBD Conferences will be held virtually. These will include keynote Address by Ministers from India and overseas, and panel discussions involving the Indian diaspora. The program of five virtual PBD conferences is as follows:

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1        09 December 2020(Wednesday)    0930-1130 hrs Kuwait time     Role of Diaspora in promotion of Indian Culture abroad

2       10 December 2020(Thursday)         1500 -1700 hrs Kuwait time   Targeting US$ 5 trillion Atmanirbhar Bharat Economy by                                                                                                                    boosting MSMEs

3       11 December 2020(Friday)              0900 – 1100hrs Kuwait time   India and the Gulf: Leveraging energy partnerships,                                                                                                                         investment opportunities and emerging technologies                                                                                                                       for  Atmanirbhar Bharat‟

                                                                 1300 – 1500 hrs Kuwait time  India and the Gulf: Skill sets for the future for Indians in                                                                                                                  Gulf

4      21 December 2020(Monday)           1330 – 1530 hrs Kuwait time   Forging media and entertainment partnerships to                                                                                                                             showcase India @75

5     08 January 2021(Friday)                                                                   PBD Conference on youth

All Non Resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origins are invited to participate virtually.

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Condolence message on the sad demise of Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Hamoud Al-Shaya

 

 

My sincere and heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Hamoud Al-Shaya, Chairman of Al Shaya Group. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Late Mr. Shaya had a strong connect with India and contributed immensely in the growth of India-Kuwait relations, especially in promoting commercial and economic linkages.

We pray for the departed soul; may his soul rest in eternal peace.

Sibi GeorgeSibi George

(Ambassador of India to Kuwait)

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Glimpses of ‘Celebrating Punjab’

 

 

Embassy of India in Kuwait organised  “Celebrating Punjab” with focus on Invest Punjab on  Nov 29. 

Glimpses of ‘Celebrating Punjab’, a State Facilitation event showcasing Punjab, its rich heritage and culture, economic strengths, conducive business environment & investment opportunities.

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Registration - Indian Engineers Kuwait

Registration for Indian Engineers in Kuwait

In continuation to Embassy’s earlier press release, dated 09 September 2020, on the above subject, it is clarified that this registration drive is for all Indian Engineers in Kuwait and not just those, who face accreditation related difficulties in respect of their engineering colleges/institutions. Please note that this information is urgently required in the Embassy to take up the matter concerning Indian engineers with concerned authorities.

2. Thereby, all Indian Engineers in Kuwait are advised to register by filling-in the online google form (https://forms.gle/YRoQwFEu3YHURgCe6). For any queries, please write to edu.kuwait@mea.gov.in.

3. Last date for registration is 30 September 2020.

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Registration - Drive for Emergency Certificates

REGISTRATION DRIVE FOR EMERGENCY CERTIFICATES

Embassy of India in Kuwait is pleased to inform that the registration drive for Indian travel documents continues to proceed smoothly. The Embassy will contact each of the registered Indian nationals in due course.

2. In the meantime, the Embassy has decided to extend the registration drive to include Indian nationals, who currently hold valid Emergency Certificates (ECs). Thereby, all those without travel documents and those with valid ECs are advised to register by filling in the google form online (https://forms.gle/pMf6kBxix4DYhzxz7) or by submitting duly filled-in enclosed application form at the boxes kept at the Embassy Consular Hall and at Indian passport offices in Sharq, Jleeb Al Shuwaikh and Fahaheel. For any queries, please write to community.kuwait@mea.gov.in.

3. It is reiterated that the registration drive is absolutely free of cost and fee for issuing travel documents will be collected at the Embassy counter directly in due course. 4. Please remember to include your current telephone number in the application forms submitted. Embassy would like to get in touch with the applicants over phone.

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Thematic Library Inauguration

 

Embassy of India in Kuwait is pleased to announce inauguration of the “Thematic Library”within its premises on Wednesday, 26 August 2020, at 1430 hrs. The Thematic Library aims to present India’s rich and vibrant cultural, literary heritage in its myriad, diverse and splendid forms in an interesting format with a focussed weekly theme. Keeping with the spirit of the festive season, which includes the upcoming festival of Onam, the theme of the Library for the next fortnight is “Festivals of India”.


A quiz competition on this subject will be conducted during the entire duration of the current theme. Participation is open to all the visitors of the Embassy with the quiz forms being placed at both the Reception and the Consular Hall of the Embassy. The Thematic Library also has a digital interface in the form of its official twitter account, @thematic_lib, through which India related books and relevant literary information will be shared regularly.


Embassy invites its nationals in Kuwait and friends of India to visit and explore the rich collection of books in the Thematic library. For more information, please write to us by sending an email to pic.kuwait@mea.gov.in.

 

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74th Indian Independence Day Celebration

74th Indian Independence Day Celebration by Embassy of India Kuwait

Embassy of India, Kuwait has been celebrating the Independence Day with participation of Indian nationals, Pravasis, and Friends of India in Kuwait. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to follow local government’s guidelines regarding social distancing and other related regulations, there will be no public function at the Embassy premises on Independence Day. However, Embassy will be live- streaming the flag hoisting and delivery of speech by Ambassador. Esteemed Community Members, Pravasis, and Friends of India are requested not to visit Embassy on Independence Day, 2020 i.e. 15th August, 2020 and watch the celebration at their home.

India celebrates its Independence Day every year on 15 August with great passion. Embassy of India, Kuwait has been organizing several cultural activities during the celebration in collaboration with Indian Schools and Indian Associations. This year, due to the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic and to follow Kuwait government’s guidelines regarding social distancing and other related regulations, it would not be feasible to organize various cultural and social programmes on 74th Independence Day.

2. In view of the above and in order to facilitate large and vibrant Indian community in Kuwait to participate in the Independence Day celebration, Embassy has planned various online activities to be conducted during Independence Day celebration. Embassy of India requests resident Indians in Kuwait to record patriotic song and send it to Embassy. The selected video will be uploaded on the facebook (@indianembassykuwait) and twitter (@indembkwt) handle of the Mission. Recording can also be sent to Embassy at pic.kuwait@mea.gov.in with details of names, age and passport number.

3. The consent of participants for sharing of their videos by the Embassy of India, Kuwait on its official social media platforms is inherent and included in their act of submission of their entries. The videos should adhere to the laws, rules, and customs of the host government. Participants submitting the videos for this online programme are solely responsible for copyright regulations, if any. Their undertaking that the videos don’t infringe on any copyrights or intellectual property rights is inherent and included in their act of submission of their entries.

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Global Essay Writing Competition

A Global Essay writing Competition named “India and the World after COVID-19” is being launched by FICCI in collaboration with ICCR.

Indian Nationals, PIO and OCIs(Age 21 and above) are requested to send their entries about the COVID-19 pandemic and how the world has changed and where India fits in and what could be the role of India in shaping the post COVID world order and what should be India’s priorities.  The competition is also in the run-up to the FICCI’s participation in World Expo-Dubai later this year.

The last date for submission of entries is 15th July, 2020. Further details are available on the FICCI website.

 

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Art in the time of corona “United Against CORONA- Express Through Art” a global painting competition by ICCR

Art in the time of corona “United Against CORONA- Express Through Art” a global painting competition by ICCR

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The COVID-19 pandemic around the world has taken the world by storm touching the lives of every human being on Earth! Bringing out the best and worst of human emotions – empathy, sympathy, kindness, concern, anger, frustration, social cohesiveness and bravery among others. Since ages, emotions of this nature has driven creative thought across the world, with people coming out with innovative ideas and ways to deal with these turbulent times.

2. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchanges, calls on Indians and citizens of the world to express these emotions through a competition entitled United against CORONA- Express through Art.

3. This competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories. The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus through the following media:

• Paintings – on Canvas/Paper – oil, water colours, pencil, crayons

• Digital Art – Graphic Posters & Paintings

4. The expressions of artists are categorized into the following:

• Contemporary Art

• Folk & Tribal Art

• Cartoons & Illustrations

• Digital & New Age Art

5. Entries from India and all over the world are sought in following categories:

i. Professional Artists

ii. Amateur Artists

iii. Children & Students – Below age of 21

6. Participants are required to send high resolution photos (upto a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by 1st May 2020. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.

7. Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display. A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID crisis.

8. ICCR believes that Art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples of the earth and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries. Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of Art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment.

9. Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine have separated people physically but in a unique way this has brought people even closer with a great appreciation of humanity’s common fate. In this time, virtual space can serve as an analogue to the physical space providing a platform for the intermingling of ideas and Art. That is why ICCR is holding this competition in cyberspace, a place where can be together while being apart. 9. Participation details and guidelines are available on www.iccr.gov.in

10. For any query, please write to: iccr4art@gmail.com

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Global painting competition by ICCR ‘United Against CORONA- Express Through Art’

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic around the world has taken the world by storm touching the lives of every human being on Earth! Bringing out the best and worst of human emotions – empathy, sympathy, kindness, concern, anger, frustration, social cohesiveness and bravery among others. Since ages, emotions of this nature has driven creative thought across the world, with people coming out with innovative ideas and ways to deal with these turbulent times.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchanges, calls on Indians and citizens of the world to express these emotions through a competition titled ‘United against CORONA- Express through Art. ‘

This competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories. The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus through the following media:

Paintings – on Canvas/Paper – oil, water colours, pencil, crayons

Digital Art – Graphic Posters & Paintings

The expressions of artists are categorized into the following:

Contemporary Art

Folk & Tribal Art

Cartoons & Illustrations

Digital & New Age Art

Entries from India and all over the world are sought in following categories: Professional Artists; Amateur Artists and Children & Students – Below age of 21

Participants are required to send high resolution photos (upto a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by 1st May 2020. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.

Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display. A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID crisis.

ICCR believes that Art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples of the earth and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries. Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times, and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of Art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment.

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine have separated people physically but in a unique way this has brought people even closer with a great appreciation of humanity’s common fate. In this time, virtual space can serve as an analogue to the physical space providing a platform for the intermingling of ideas and Art. That is why ICCR is holding this competition in cyberspace, a place where can be together while being apart.

Participation details and guidelines are available on www.iccr.gov.in

For any query, please write to: iccr4art@gmail.com

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Press release about fraudulent calls

 

 

It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that some unscrupulous individuals are calling Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extract money. These individuals may at times provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing.

All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc.

Established processes and procedures are in place i.r.o. various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website (https://www.indembkwt.gov.in/).

All concerned are therefore requested to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts. It may also be noted that victims may lodge their complaints with National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal, Delhi at www.cybercrime.gov.in

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