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    Indo-UAE joint panel meeting tomorrow

    14 April 2012

    ABU DHABI — The high-level Indo-UAE 10th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for economic, scientific and technical cooperation will take place in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

    S. M. Krishna, Minister for External Affairs, is leading a delegation of 20 representatives from different ministries of India, Indian Ambassador to the UAE M. K. Lokesh told Khaleej Times.

    Lokesh said the JCM between India and the UAE is a very important event, which will be held here tomorrow.

    There will also be a ministerial level meeting on April 16 to discuss bilateral issues and further the cooperation in economic, scientific, information and technical fields.

    The Indian representatives will meet with their counterparts from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries during the two-day meeting, the ambassador said.

    Both sides are expected to discuss various issues for promoting bilateral cooperation in the following fields: trade and investment; education, culture, youth and sports; health, science and technology, agriculture and environment; manpower; and energy, hydrocarbons, petrochemicals and fertilisers.

    A memorandum of understanding on setting up a joint committee for consular affairs and a protocol to amend the India-UAE Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement are among the agreements likely to be signed during the JCM, the ambassador said.

    Meeting of Indian ambassadors today

    Before the JCM tomorrow, a meeting of all Indian ambassadors based in the GCC region will be held in Abu Dhabi today, Lokesh informed. The ambassador’s meeting is to be chaired by E. Ahmed, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs.
     
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    Krishna Asks Embassies in Gulf to Look After Indians | news.outlookindia.com

    External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today asked Indian embassies in gulf nations to actively engage local governments to better the living and working conditions of millions of Indians in the region, who are the largest contributors of remittances back home.

    On a three-day visit to UAE during which Krishna will sign key agreements on double taxation and consular issues, the Minister also asked embassy officials to intensify efforts to find the whereabouts of Indian nationals taken hostages by Somali pirates.

    In UAE, which is home to 1.75 million Indians, Krishna noted that Indian expatriates in the gulf region are the largest contributors to remittances in India.

    He said Indian embassies in the region should now engage the local governments for improving the working and living conditions of millions of Indians employed in this region, official sources said.

    Embassy officials in the gulf region were also urged "to intensify efforts" to find the whereabouts and fate of Indian nationals taken as hostages by Somali pirates as lot of ship owners are from the gulf region.

    Millions of Indians are employed in UAE and other gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait and are the largest source of remittances back home.

    Official sources said that it was decided that all Indian embassies in the gulf region will now be accessible for emergency purposes 24 hours all days of the year.

    Krishna is also scheduled to interact with a number of Indians, including blue collared working class Indians who do not usually get an opportunity to put forward their grievances.

    During his visit Krishna will co-chair with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah the 10th Session of the India-UAE Joint Commission for Technical & Economic cooperation (JCM).
     

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