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.
Ambassador met H.E. Mr. Ahmed Al-Mousa, Director General, Public Authority of Manpower, State of Kuwait, Nov 29, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, ways of enhancing existing bilateral cooperation, diaspora matters, esp. related to human resources, and subjects of mutual interest.
Embassy of India Kuwait
"Invitation to Celebrating Punjab” with focus on Invest Punjab,
at 4:00 pm Kuwait on 29th Nov - ZOOM Event
Embassy of India, Kuwait is conducting a dedicated series of events for the promotion of Indian States, the second of which will be held on 29th November, 2020 (Sunday) at 4:00 pm Kuwait Time (06:30 pm Indian Time) with the theme – “Celebrating Punjab” with focus on Invest Punjab.
Please kindly note that the event will be held digitally on a virtual platform, meeting link is shared below:
Topic: Invest Punjab
Time: Nov 29, 2020 04:00 PM Kuwait
Event ID: 929 1706 4366
We request that you register for the event here:
The Embassy of India has set up a helpdesk at its premises for assistance of those who fall in the category of the special announcement made on 24 November 2020 by Government of State of Kuwait for regulation of stay/exit from Kuwait. A copy of the announcement by concerned authorities is attached.
Information on the announcement is also available at the helpline numbers of the Embassy.
These numbers are:+965 – 65806158, 65806735 0800 to 2000 hrs.
+965 – 65809348 2000 to 0800 hrs.
Those who require travel documents may visit the helpdesk during office hours. Any Indian national not having passport and residency, if has not applied for EC yet may do so by filling the EC form and deposit the same either at the boxes kept at Indian passport offices at Al-Sharq, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Fahaheel and at the Embassy.
Cyclone Nivar made a late-night landfall near Puducherry. The tropical storm has weakened from a "very severe cyclonic storm" to a "severe cyclonic storm" with a wind speed of 100-110 km per hour, gusting up to 120 km per hour, the weather office said in a statement. The coastal states have been bracing for the cyclone - the fifth-strongest category on India's scale of seven storm types - and more than a lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas. Nivar has brought with it heavy rain and strong winds and forced authorities to declare a public holiday till Thursday, close the Chennai airport and metro services.
World soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, who died on Wednesday less than a month after his 60th birthday, was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons almost destroyed him.
Maradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning.
Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his soccer-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Peron.
One of the most gifted soccer players in history, Maradona's pinnacle of glory came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986 before plunging to misery when he was kicked out the 1994 World Cup for doping.
A magician with the ball - deceptively quick and a visionary passer - Maradona is considered by some as the greatest soccer player ever, edging out that other great, Brazil's Pele. In Argentina, he was worshipped as 'El Dios' - The God - partly a play on words on his number 10 shirt, 'El Diez.'
He was largely responsible for Argentina's World Cup victory in 1986 in Mexico, scoring two famous goals in one game against England in the quarter-finals.
Ambassador called-on H.E. Sheikh Meshaal Al-Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, Hon. Governor, Farwaniya Governorate, State of Kuwait, on Nov 25, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, explored ways and means of enhancing existing bilateral cooperation across all domains, and diaspora related matters.
QATAR BANKING SECTOR RESILIENT TO COVID-19
The Qatar trade Summit is held virtually on 24-25 November 2020 under the theme “Transcending into a self- reliant economy amidst COVID-19”
Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank spoke on Key note “Qatar Banking Growth 2020: Reflecting on Qatari resilience” on 24th Nov 2020.
Dr. R. Seetharaman gave insight on Qatar economy. He said “Qatar economy expected to contract by 4.5% in 2020 and recover by 2.5% in 2021. On the hydrocarbon sector, the first phase of the North Field expansion project will increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tons per annum (Mtpa) to 110 Mtpa. The second phase of the expansion project, called the North Field South Project (NFS), is set to further boost Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 110 Mtpa to 126 Mtpa. This could contribute to both economic growth and lending in Qatar. Qatar trade exceeded $100bn in 2019 with Asia contributing 80% of its exports.”
Dr. R. Seetharaman highlighted the developments in Qatar during COVID-19. He said “Qatar sold $10bn bonds in April 2020. It offered interest equivalent to 300 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries for a $2-billion five-year tranche, 305 bps over the same benchmark for a $3-billion 10-year tranche and 4.4% for the 30-year paper of $5billion. Qatar central came with various procedures to combat the risk of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the emergency procedures, Loans and liabilities of sectors affected due to procedures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19, Guarantees for local banks and National Guarantee Program to support the private sector. The Lending growth is close to 7% YTD till 3rd Quarter 2020. The Lending growth till 3rd Quarter 2020 in Government sector - 4.7%, Real estate- 4.1%, Consumption - 4.6%, Contracting -10%, Services -12.4%, Trading -12% and Deposit growth - 3.6%. The Money supply (M1, M2 and M3) has increased during the year. The Qatar Banking sector has demonstrated its resilience to COVID-19 on account of these measures.”
Dr. R. Seetharaman gave insight on non-hydrocarbon developments in Qatar. He said “The Hamad port opened in Sept 2017 has general cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.7 million tonnes annually. This has contributed to Qatar’s trade and infrastructure development. Qatar’s world-class free trade zones, Umm Alhoul and Ras Bufontas, offer opportunities and benefits for businesses seeking to expand and invest globally. Qatar free zone gives companies access to fast growing nearby markets in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Western Asia, and will contribute to the economic growth of Qatar and increase the diversification of the Qatari economy. Corporates in free zones can explore funding and Non-funding facilities from Banks. 8 Stadiums are planned for FIFA 2022, which had given boost to contract and project finance in Qatar. “
Dr. R. Seetharaman gave insight on reforms in Qatar. He said “The Law no 1 of 2019 regulate the investment of Non – Qatari capital opens way for ownership. Investment incentives include allocation of land. This has improved the investment climate in Qatar. In May 2020, the Public – private partnership law was introduced. It covered various PPP models including BOT Model. The Private sector is expected to leverage from this new law. In October 2020, Qatar has allowed foreigners to own property. Non-Qatari individuals could own properties in nine areas, up from three before, while the number of areas where foreigners may use real estate subject to usufruct has also been increased to 16, bringing the total number of areas designated for ownership and usufruct by non-Qataris to 25.This can give boost to property sector lending.”
Dr. R. Seetharaman highlighted on technology and development in Qatar. He said “Qatar FinTech Hub “QFTH”, which is co-founded by Qatar Development Bank (QDB) aims to develop the Fintech industry in Qatar, in accordance with the Qatar National Fintech Strategy created by Qatar Central Bank “QCB”, and to contribute and reiterate Qatar’s position as a leading international FinTech hub in the region, as outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030. TASMU SMART Qatar program will serve as a platform for the realization of a digital economy and a smart future. It aims to transform Qatar into a world-class smart city that has the latest digital solutions to increase the standard of living and increase Qatar's competitiveness, internationally.”
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In a latest of its series to promote 'Atma Nirbhar Bharath', the Indian Embassy in Kuwait organised a Virtual Conference on Indian Textiles with an online buyer/seller meet.
The event, in association with Indian Business Network, TEXPROCIL and Invest India was held on November 18th and was well attended by businesses people from India and Kuwait for enhancing trade linkages.
This event is the latest in its series of events Indian Embassy is conducting online to enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries.
Indian Embassy in Kuwait announced the launch of “Indian Business Network (IBN)”, which will be Embassy’s business outreach platform.
IBN is part of Embassy’s efforts to enhance the existing institutional linkages between business communities of India and Kuwait and to create sustainable, long-term partnerships between them. In a press release, Indian Embassy advises all Indian businesses in Kuwait, across all sectors, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to register with the Network and be a part of this outreach initiative, which also envisages to promote Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self--Reliant) India programme in Kuwait.
The link for the registration is https://forms.gle/kw9UaZ9fdzv6b7Bx9.
The twitter handle of IBN is @IndianIbn. Public can follow IBN’s twitter handle for Indian business updates. For more information regarding the registration drive, please write to us at email@example.com.
A Digital Open House with Ambassador will be held on Wednesday, November 25 at 3.30 PM.
The regular weekly Open House held at Embassy auditorium was discontinued in early September due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. It has been decided to relaunch digitally the Open House.
The theme of the Open House of November 25 is ‘Amnesty and Registration Drives at the Embassy’.The Open House will be open to all Indian nationals in Kuwait. Those interested may register by sending their details including full name as in passport, passport number, Civil ID number and contact number and address in Kuwait, along with a summary of the issues likely to be raised in the open house, through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those registered will be intimated on the meeting ID and other details.
Ambassador met H.E. Sheikh Dr. Abdullah M Al Sabah, Chief of Medical Services Authority, Ministry of Defence, State of Kuwait, Nov 15, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, explored avenues of enhancing existing bilateral cooperation especially in the medical domain, and matters of mutual interest.
Green Rubber Recycling is now ISO-certified
Green Rubber Recycling Co. (GRRC), the green arm of AlMailem Group and the pioneer in introducing waste tire recycling to Kuwait, is now an ISO-certified company.
GRRC was started by AlMailem Group, with active support and encouragement from EPA (Environment Public Authority) and PAI (Public Authority for Industry), for promoting environmental sustainability within the automotive industry. The company has a state-of-the-art recycling plant in Amghara equipped with latest European machinery.
In a presentation ceremony organized in the factory on Wednesday 11th Nov, GRRC received certifications for compliance with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health & Safety) standards. The certificates were handed over by Mr. Ramez Riad, GM, RoyalCert International Registrars to GRRC management in the gracious presence of various dignitaries, ISO auditors, key customers and media persons.
“We ensure that the tires sold by us are not only provided a safer and cleaner alternative of disposal”, said Mr. Kuldeep S. Lamba, MD of AlMailem Group while delivering the keynote address, “but are in fact given a new lease of life, be it on playgrounds and gyms, or as fuel and flooring. Our vision is to make Kuwait a leader in producing innovative green products from recycled tire waste.”
Elaborating on the subject Mr. Mishari AlMailem, Joint MD said “AlMailem Group has always been strongly committed to delivering excellence in quality. ISO certification is a step in this direction which ensures that each & every stage in the factory is completely aligned with relevant international standards, so that consumers can be assured of reliability & quality-consistency of all our products”.
Getting ISO certification is not GRRC’s destination, rather it is a milestone in its continuing journey towards excellence in quality. Finally, thanking the attendees, Mr. Lamba expressed his heartfelt gratitude to EPA & PAI, stakeholders, valued customers and the dedicated company staff for their unwavering commitment for this green endeavor.
Esteemed Guests, those joining us here in the Embassy and those joining us on the virtual platform,
Members of the Media Community,
Distinguished Principals of Indian schools in Kuwait,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me immense pleasure to address you all today and welcome you all to our celebrations of the 5th Ayurveda Day. Today’s event comes on the festive and auspicious occasion of Dhanvatari Jayanti, which truly elevates the nature, spirit and the overall atmosphere of our celebrations.
In the run-up to today’s event, the Embassy had organized competitions for students of Indian schools in Kuwait. In this regard, I am pleased to learn that we received an overwhelming response from the students, who wholeheartedly took interest in these competitions; the number of participants in the quiz competition alone were in thousands. In addition, tremendous participation was also witnessed for the essay writing competition. We would be felicitating winners of the quiz competitions here today; the winners of the essay writing competition will however be announced in the near future. The quality of the participation is quite high and in fact I am glad to state that I have incorporated some of the most interesting thoughts and ideas shared by young children in my remarks today.
The central theme for this year’s Ayurveda Day is “Ayurveda for COVID-19”. It cannot, and I repeat, cannot be more apt than this. The year 2020 has been a difficult year for mankind as a whole on account of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. On account of COVID-19, the entire humanity continues to face an unprecedented global public health crisis, which has now metamorphised into a larger socio-economic, psychological challenge for all of us, our societies and our countries. Our leaders, our Governments, administrators, health experts, researchers, businessmen, ordinary citizens everyone of us are fighting this battle against the evolving pandemic. I am quite confident that we are going to win this battle for sure; the positive trends emerging from India and other parts of the world with improving recovery rates and lower fatality rates are encouraging signs which firms up my optimistic belief and hope.
We are also making good progress on development of vaccine for COVID-19. However, until the time we find a definitive cure for this infection, we need to remain vigilant in our fight; take all the necessary precautions and follow all the covid-19 related guidelines. In this context I recall the Jan Abhiyaan against COVID launched recently by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
And whilst we follow the precautions, the relevance and importance of Ayurveda, which is one of the most ancient and well documented system of medicine that is equally relevant in modern times, comes to the fore. Ayurveda provides you with a ready well trusted doctrine of preventive healthcare and lifestyle. Ayurveda addresses all aspects of life — the body, mind, and spirit. Its holistic approach whether for healthy individuals or for those who need medical attention remains unparalleled. Prevention of disease and promotion of health is the main aim of Ayurveda.
During the current times, when secondary psychological challenges are also beginning to take its toll on individuals, especially the most vulnerable ones in the society, Ayurveda can play a vital role as it positively influences mental health, while at the same time improving the immunity function of the human body. Ayurvedic belief rests on the basic premise that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
It is pertinent to mention that Ayurvedic interventions can be quickly implemented on large scale with inherent advantages of simplicity and affordability. The Ministry of Ayush, a nodal Ministry of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Government of India, has released a set of guidelines for boosting immunity and measures for self-care by using Ayurvedic principles. These guidelines have also been disseminated by the Embassy through its social media handles. I encourage you all to utilize these concise guidelines.
While we talk about Ayurveda and its various benefits, it is my honour to share with all of you that earlier in the day, today, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions to the nation on the 5th Ayurveda Day today via video conferencing. These are the Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur. In his address today PM said, “Ayurveda is the heritage of India, in whose expansion the well-being of the whole humanity is covered. Which Indian will not be happy to know that our traditional knowledge is now enriching other countries as well?” He said, and I quote: “The demand for immunity boosters from India such as turmeric and Ayurvedic products has grown globally. Despite our nation being very populous, the Covid-19 situation is under control because every household is consuming immunity boosters like turmeric milk, the ashwagandha herb, kaadha etc. The demand for these products has increased during the pandemic”.
It also gives me immense pride and happiness to inform you all that the World Health Organization has announced that it will open a WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India to strengthen the evidence, research, training and awareness of traditional and complementary medicine; which shows that India’s traditional knowledge and heritage is enriching the entire global community. This is in line with India’s age old philosophy of Vasudaivakutumbakam – which looks at the entire world as part of one big family and also stems from our approach to global issues which envisages a merger of local with global.
It is important then that this rich Indian heritage, i.e., Ayurveda, with its tremendous health benefits, be expanded in its global reach for Ayurveda’s expansion entails the welfare of the entire humanity.
One of the first things I ask any Kuwaiti friend I meet both at official level and social level is this. Have you been to India? Many have visited India many times. But we need to get many of young Kuwaitis to visit India. A visit to India has always been in the wish list of most of our Kuwaiti friends. My endeavour is to move their Visit India plan from a wish list to an active ‘things to do list’. I would like them to choose India as the first visit destination after the Covid 19. In fact the job of an Ambassador is to transform that wish list to a ‘to do this year’ list.
In this regard, I am happy to announce that the Embassy will be organizing a series of events throughout the year to promote Ayurveda. Ayurveda and Yoga will constitute an important aspect of the ‘Embassy Familiarisation Visit’ that we plan to start early next year for our children and friends. We are also launching an Ayurveda Information Center at the Embassy to share information in multiple languages on the wellness program that various reputed institutes organise in India. We are also launching an Ayurveda Bulletin in English and Arabic. This is part of our efforts in building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat to make India a centre for global wellness.
I look forward to working closely with all our friends and experts to create a sustainable and mutually beneficial platform for promotion of Ayurveda.
Bahrain’s long-serving Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has died, the state media reported. He was 84.
“The Royal Court mourns His Royal Highness … who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States of America,” the Bahrain News Agency said on Wednesday, without elaborating.
The Gulf state’s King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced official mourning for a week during which flags will be flown at half-mast, the agency said.
The burial ceremony will take place upon the repatriation of his body and the funeral will be limited to a specific number of relatives, it said.
Sheikh Khalifa was one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers who led his island nation’s government for decades and survived the 2011 Arab Spring protests that demanded his removal over corruption allegations.
In August, Sheikh Khalifa left the kingdom for what official media called at the time “a private visit abroad”. Earlier this year, he spent time in Germany for unspecified medical treatment, returning to Bahrain in March.
Ambassador called-on H.E. Sheikh Fawaz Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Hon. Governor, Ahmadi Governorate, State of Kuwait, Nov 10, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral ties and ways of further strengthening them in all fields, diaspora matters, and other subjects of mutual interest.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A very Good Morning to all of you,
It gives me a great pleasure to address you all today and welcome you all to today’s conference, which is our second event under the theme ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India)’, which was a clarion call given by Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi which envisages a merger of the local with the global; an idea that ensures India's strengths act as a global force multiplier.
Today’s conference focusses on a sector – Pharmaceuticals. - that arguably may be the most relevant in these challenging times when humanity as a whole is facing a public health crisis of the magnitude that has been hitherto not witnessed in almost a century. The fight against COVID-19 continues to evolve even today and the healthcare challenge remains complex. However, we can take heart from the positive trends emerging from India and some other parts of the world. Recovery rates in India continue to improve day by day, currently clocking 92.69%. Fatality rates continue to decline steadily and are now at 1.48%, which is significantly lower than the global averages. India is also making good progress on development of vaccines for COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, by sending valuable medicines and medical supplies to many countries, India played an exemplary role, which has been recognized and appreciated widely. India’s innovative pharmaceuticals industry has risen upto the occasion and has become a global supplier of need. By ramping up production, distribution and maintenance of supply lines of essential medicines, medical kits, including personal protective equipment, Indian Pharma producers and distributors have and continue to play a crucial role in combating the challenge of COVID-19.
In this context, allow me to quote Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi who while underlining the contribution of India’s pharmaceutical industry had stated Quote “The pandemic has once again shown that India's Pharma industry is an asset not just for India but for the entire world. It has played a leading role in reducing the cost of medicines especially for developing countries. Vaccines made in India are responsible for two-thirds of the vaccine needs of the world’s children. Today, our companies are active in international efforts for the development and production of Covid-19 vaccine”. Unquote
India is aptly dubbed as the “Pharmacy of the World”; it is the world’s largest supplier of low-cost generics, vaccines and affordable medicines; it is among the largest producers of drugs both in value and volume terms, and it has the second-largest number of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medicine manufacturing plants in the world.
Healthcare is likely to remain at the forefront of policy focus for leaders and administrators across the world for an unforeseen amount of time, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. Under this scenario, India continues to remain a reliable partner which will not only provide uninterrupted supplies of essential drugs but also provide requisite assistance in the form of sharing of medical expertise, treatment infrastructure and capacity building to other nations around the world.
In this context, let me recall the Ayushman Bharat flagship programme launched by the Government of India in 2018 launching a major National Health Protection Scheme. It continues to be the world’s largest public health care programme aimed at providing assured holistic healthcare to millions of Indian nationals at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels on entitlement basis.
The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players. The public healthcare system which in the past comprised of limited secondary and tertiary care institutions in key cities and focused on providing basic healthcare facilities in the form of primary healthcare centres in rural areas, is expanding rapidly with new institutes and world class facilties. The private sector which provides majority of secondary, tertiary and quaternary care institutions with a major concentration in metros, tier I and tier II cities is expanding rapidly even to smaller cities.
India's competitive advantage continues to be in its large pool of well-trained medical professionals, some of whom are serving in coutnries like Kuwait and are present here today. India is also cost competitive compared to its peers in Asia and Western countries. The cost of surgery in India is about one-tenth of that in the US or Western Europe. India is also fast emerging as a destination of medical tourism and Ayurveda treatment, attracting a large number of visitors every year including from countries like Kuwait.
Government of India has taken several key initiatives recently to further improve business environment and augment the competitiveness of India’s pharmaceuticals sector, which is poised to attain newer heights in a post-pandemic world when the world would be turning towards India for making the best medicines to be made available to the hundreds of millions at the most affordable prices.
India and Kuwait share historical, age old, close bilateral relations which are strongly anchored in civilizational linkages and nurtured by vibrant people-to-people contacts. Trade and commerce has been an important pillar of this multifaceted relationship; India has consistently been among the top trading partners of Kuwait and Kuwait has been one of the top sources of India’s energy supplies. Indian brands are well known and the exceptional quality of Indian products are well acknowledged not only in the Kuwaiti market but also across the globe. However, the full potential of the extremely close bilateral relationship remains to be realized; especially in the domain of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies.
This event is therefore an effort to strengthen the existing trade linkages, provide a platform to businesses to explore newer avenues for cooperation and to forge a special partnership in the healthcare domain, particularly in the subsectors of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
I look forward to work closely with all of you to make this engagement and our subsequent engagements a fruitful one and provide a mutually beneficial platform.
Ambassador met H.E. Lt. Gen. Essam Salem Al-Nahham, Undersecretary, Ministry of Interior, State of Kuwait, Nov 10, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, diaspora matters, and means of further enhancing bilateral cooperation, esp. in security domain.
Ambassador of India to the State of Kuwait Mr. Sibi George called on H.E. Mr. Nasser Falah Al- Hajraf, Governor of Jahra Governorate, State of Kuwait, today, Nov 9, and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral ties, diaspora matters, and means of further strengthening bilateral cooperation across all domains.