India can help Yemen in energy, education, say experts

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    India can help Yemen in energy, education, say experts - NY Daily News

    New Delhi, April 18 — Energy and higher education are among areas that have immense potential of cooperation between India and Yemen, experts said here and suggested that New Delhi should help further develop its maritime potential.

    Participating in a conference on India-Yemen bilateral relations organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) here Tuesday, academicians and strategic experts identified areas where the two countries can expand their cooperation.

    Hifdhallah Yahiya al-Ahmadi of Sheba Centre for Strategic Studies (SCSS), Yemen, said his country has interest in attracting Indian investments in oil and gas. He said India has been granted concessions to explore oil in some blocks in Yemen.

    Speaking in the session "Indo-Yemen relations", Hifdhallah said the current cooperation between the two countries in education sector was "humble" and Yemen could benefit from the progress made by India in higher education.

    "Yemen can take advantage of the education boom in India, particularly in IT and programming. Yemen can take advantage of the cost-efficient teaching materials uniquely available in India for teaching medicine, IT (Information Technology) and English," Hifdhallah said.

    He said his country can also benefit from Indian expertise to set up centres of vocational education and its experience in developing small and medium industries.

    Dwelling on history, he said both Yemen and India suffered from colonial occupation. He said there had been immigration between the two countries since the mid-sixteenth century which had contributed to the existence of "Indian-Yemeni community, particularly in Hyderabad in India and Hadramaut and Aden in Yemen".

    Zakir Hussain, research fellow at the ICWA, said India can contribute to developing post-hydrocarbon economy of Yemen.

    He suggested that India should bid for developing one of the islands of Yemen as a "model hub" having IT park, pharmaceutical centre, maritime research unit and water desalination plant.

    He said Yemen can also benefit from India's experience in dry-land farming.

    Hussain said India can share its democratic and electoral experiences with Yemen which has "multiplicity of tribal communities".

    Intervening in the discussion, Vijay Sakhuja, director research, ICWA, said India does not export democracy.

    "It (democracy in India) is a successful model. It is for others to partake...for Yemen to partake what is suitable," he said.

    Ahmed A. Saif, executive director, SCSS, said both India and Yemen have a strong interest in ensuring security of maritime traffic "as piracy incurs tremendous cost to trade through seas".

    Commodore Ranjit Rai (retd), vice-president, National Maritime Foundation, said India can help develop "rest and recreation" facilities in Yemeni islands such as Socotra for visiting vessels.

    ICWA and SCSS signed a memorandum of understanding to explore mutual areas of interest and help engage knowledge communities of the two countries.
     
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    India should do all it can to help nation's being left behind. Besides the fields of interest to Yemen as stated in the article they can also learn the lesson or two "How to build a democratic society' and other nation's in ME and Africa can also learn institution building as well.
     
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    Recently Riyadh hosted a Friends of Yemen meet which was co-sponsored by UK and Yemen.
    The participants invited were
    The Group includes the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Malaysia, China, Germany, France, Denmark, India, the United States, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Indonesia, and major international organizations.

    Note the abscence of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran. A similar profile was present in the earlier Friends of Libya and the Friends of Syria meet
    India to join `Friends of Syria` in Tunisia
    The Hindu : Today's Paper / INTERNATIONAL : India invited to ‘friends of Libya' meet



    $4 Billion was pledged with the Saudis putting 3.2Billion of their money in
    Kingdom hosts Friends of Yemen meeting, pledges $3.25 billion in aid

    It seems that GoI has taken a decision to join the US and its allies in the reshaping of ME that is taking place.
     
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    The Indian statement by MoS E. Ahamed at the meet

    India supports peace, security, stability and territorial integrity of Yemen

    At the outset, let me congratulate the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations for having initiated the process of peaceful political transition in Yemen, thereby preventing the country and the region from plunging into a new turmoil.

    I take this opportunity to strongly condemn ghastly terrorist attack on national day of Yemen and we express our heartfelt condolences to the people of Yemen. I also share the sentiments of other speakers that such incidents serve only to further strengthen our resolve to fight the forces of terrorism.

    India supports peace, security, stability and territorial integrity of Yemen. We are aware of the extraordinary political, security, economic and humanitarian challenges faced by Yemen in the current times. In this hour of need for Yemen, India expresses its solidarity with the people and Government of Yemen in addressing the various challenges being faced by Yemen. Keeping in view our ancient civilizational links and close friendship with Yemen, India has decided to join the 'Friends of Yemen Group' with a view to strengthen the international efforts in assisting Yemen in this critical phase in the history of Yemen.

    India already has an elaborate programme of capacity building and training in specialized fields for Yemeni citizens. Likewise hundreds of students avail of educational scholarships offered by Government of India. India is also conscious of needs of Yemen in the humanitarian fields. A consignment of rice valued at USD 2 million equivalent is on its way to Yemen. In addition, in our engagement under the 'Friends of Yemen Group', we would be happy to look at specific proposals for assistance from Government of Yemen, particularly in the field of training, capacity building, entrepreneurship development, the employment generating Small and Medium sector, education and Information Technology within the bilateral framework or under India's programme for assisting the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

    Projects and Programmes considered urgent and necessary by Government of Yemen can be converted into Feasibility Reports that can be made available to Government of India for consideration under the umbrella of Credit lines for LDCs already announced by India during the India-LDC Ministerial Conference in New Delhi on February 18-19, 2011 and the UN LDC Meeting at Istanbul, Turkey on May 9-13, 2011.

    Yemen can also benefit from concrete ideas and proposals that would emerge during India's chairmanship of the Indian-Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) of which Yemen was a former Chairman and an active member.

    With these few words, I would like to wish the friendly people of Yemen continued progress, peace and prosperity and reassure them of India's support as the country traverses through a crucial phase in its history.
     
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    India has unique infrastructure in education now days.Of course India can help Yemen in energy education]. An institute called College of Energy, Education and Sustainability,(CEES)Pune, offers online education in energy and and Green Technology through out the globe. CEES is globally accepted.
     
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    It is very important for people to take interest in Yemen and prevent it from becoming another Afghanistan or Somalia. India is in a very good position to contribute towards stabilizing Yemen through investments and collaborations in the areas mentioned in the article. However I don't know if this will actually happen because the Indian foreign policy machine still seems very weak.
     
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    India offers food aid to Yemen - NY Daily News

    New Delhi, July 9 — With a crippling food storage hitting the Arab world's poorest state, India Monday extended humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

    "India and Yemen have traditionally enjoyed close relations. In keeping with this, Government of India is extending humanitarian food assistance comprising rice to the Republic of Yemen," the external affairs ministry said here.

    The first consignment is scheduled to reach the port of Hodaidah in Yemen on July 13.

    A catastrophic food crisis is unfolding in Yemen, which is reportedly facing serious security problems due to the resurgence of Al Qaeda in the Arab state.

    The food crisis has hit the Yemeni economy adversely, with the United Nations requested the international community to assist Yemen with food.

    IANS
     

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