This post was originally published on 30 January 2018..
The year 2019 will be celebrated as the Qatar-India Year of Culture, Ambassador of India to Qatar, P Kumaran has announced.
“We expect to organize in partnership with Qatar Museums a plethora of exciting cultural exhibitions and events that will highlight the cultural and traditional ties that bind us,” The Peninsula reported him as having said while speaking at a reception to celebrate 69th Republic Day of India..
Kumaran said that there has been a substantial increase in Qatar’s imports from India in recent months, facilitated by the opening of direct shipping lines linking Indian ports with Qatar.
“Qatar’s exports to India amount to nearly $10bn per year, making India the third largest export destination for Qatari products. On the other hand, Qatar’s imports from India, currently at about $1.2bn, have grown at a healthy rate over the past several years,” said the ambassador.
A total of 24 fully owned Indian companies and an estimated 6000 Qatar-India joint ventures operate in various sectors of the Qatari economy, he added.
“The welfare and well-being at the India community in Qatar is a matter of priority for us. Our interface with the community and our outreach to the blue collar workers in particular is being continuously expanded both being continuously expanded both directly and through the medium of Indian community organizations.”
“We remain in close contact with authorities concerned in Qatar to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of Indian nationals,” he added.
The event was attended by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi; Minister of Development Planning and Statistics H E Dr Saleh Mohammed Salem Al Nabit; Ibrahim Fakhroo, Chief of Protocol, several ambassadors and members of the Indian community.