Key Highlights of Bilateral Relationship between India and Kuwait (Updated on October 2014)

India and Kuwait enjoy traditionally friendly relations. These are rooted in shared history and have stood the test of time. Geographic proximity, historical trade links, cultural affinities and presence of a large number of Indian expatriates continue to sustain and nurture this long standing relationship. India has been a natural trading partner and a destination for higher learning. Until 1961, the Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait. High level visits from India to Kuwait have included those by Hon’ble Vice President of India Dr. Zakir Husain in 1965, by Hon’ble Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981 and by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Hamid Ansari in 2009. High level visits from Kuwait to India have included those by HH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah in November 1964, HH the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 1980 and again in 1983 (for the NAM Summit), HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 2006 and HH the PM Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al- Hamad Al- Sabah from Nov 7-10, 2013. 

Indian Diaspora in Kuwait: 

·         Non Residents Indians (NRI):  579058 (February 2010)
·         Overseas Citizen of India (OCI): 332 (February 2010)
·         Total Indian Community: 579390 (February 2010)
·         Remittance inflows (US$ Million): 2947.42 (2012)

Kuwait Students studying in India:

·         Male: 140 (2011-2012)
·         Female: 204 (2011-2012)
·         Total: 244 (2011-2012)

India’s trade with Kuwait

·         Export (US$ Million): 503.09 (April-August 2014)
·         Import (US$ Million): 6744.22 (April-August 2014)
·         Total (US$ Million): 7247.31 (April-August 2014)
·         Trade Balance (US$ Million): -6241.13 (April-August 2014)

Bilateral Investment with Kuwait

·         Investment inflows (US$ Million): 1.45 (2014-upto July 2014)
·         Investment outflows (US$ Million): Nil (August 2014)

Bilateral Tourism with Kuwait

·         Outbound : 789694 (2011)

Bilateral Agreements: Numerous bilateral Agreements provide a framework for promoting relations. Prominent amongst them are: on Reciprocal Protection of Investment (2001); on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (2004); Extradition (2004); on Juridical and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters (2005); MoU on Labour, Employment and Manpower Development (2007); on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (2009); Cultural and Information Exchanges (2009); Education and Learning Cooperation (2009) and MoU on Health (2012). The first
Foreign Office Consultations between India and Kuwait were held in New Delhi from May 7-9, 2012.

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Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in a letter of appreciation to Miss Duvvuri Rohini Pratyusha, a 16-year old, Class XII student of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Kuwait, commended her effort for collecting Rs. 2.15 lakhs towards the relief and rehabilitation efforts in Jammu & Kashmir. Miss Pratyusha collected the amount by reaching out to Indian families after school hours and handed over the money to the Embassy of India in Kuwait to be sent to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. 
Average life expectancy of Indian nationals who died in Kuwait
Average life expectancy of Indian nationals who died in Kuwait, was found to be barely at 44.4 years — 41.6 years in domestic sector and 45.1 years in private sector. Gender-wise, in males average age at death was found to be 44 years, as against 46.7 years for females. The lowest life expectancy of 40.7 years was found among Indian domestic males. A slightly higher life expectancy of 48.5 years was found in dependent females. The average life expectancy seems to be rather low among Indians in Kuwait (as against life expectancy in India of 67 years for a male and 70 years for a female).

Contributions by Indian community in Kuwait to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund

On appeal of Prime Minister to all Indian nationals to donate generously towards the relief and rehabilitation efforts for all those affected by the unprecedented floods in Jammu & Kashmir, Indian community in Kuwait also have contributed Rs 51,33,577 as on 20.10.2014.
Indian Embassy in Kuwait simplifies visa procedures
To further enhance travel from Kuwait to India for business, tourism, medical treatment and study purposes etc., the Embassy has simplified its visa procedure for Kuwaiti nationals as well as expatriates living in Kuwait. The Embassy has issued 10,000 visas this year, as against 7,600 visas issued during the same period last year, representing 30% jump in grant of visas. 

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