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Bilateral Brief on India-Kuwait Economic and Commercial Relations
Kuwait is a small, rich, relatively open, petroleum-based economy. It has estimated crude oil reserves of 102 billion barrels (about 6% of world reserves), and proven natural gas reserves of 1.784 billion cubic meters (about 63 trillion cubic feet), as per latest OPEC data. Oil revenues constitute the main source of income and amount to approximately 94% of the state’s revenues. During CY 2019, Kuwait’s total exports were KD 19.57 billion (approx US$ 62.6 billion) of which exports of oil and its byproducts amounted to KD 18.47 billion (approx US$ 59.10 billion) while non-oil exports were KD 1.1 billion (approx US$ 3.5 billion). Kuwait’s total imports in 2019 were KD 10.19 billion (approx US$ 32.61 billion).


According to IMF, Kuwait’s real GDP grew at a rate of 0.7 percent, with an inflation rate of 1.1 percent in CY 2019. As per IMF estimates Kuwait’s real GDP is expected to fall to -1.1 percent in 2020, recovering to 3.4 percent in 2021. Kuwait’s economy grew by 0.4 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, with GDP amounting to KD 39.4 billion (about US$ 130 billion). The country has a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) of over US$ 592 billion, which is managed by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA). Kuwait offers an open, competitive and affluent market for consumer goods and project exports.


Kuwait is a relatively diverse project market. Kuwait embarked on its Development Plan (2015-2020) under which it has awarded contracts worth over KD 1.1 billion (US$ 3.52 billion) in various sectors in 2019, with plans for KD 8 billion (about US$ 25.6 billion) in project awards for 2020, mostly in the petrochemical sector.
Historically, Indo-Kuwaiti relations have always had an important trade dimension. India has consistently been among the top trading partners of Kuwait. During FY 2019-20, Kuwait was the 10th largest oil supplier to India and it met about 3.8% of India’s energy needs. Total bilateral trade with Kuwait during FY 2019-20 was US$ 10.86 billion. The trend of bilateral trade during the years FY 2014-15 to FY 2019-20 is as follows:

 



Bilateral trade between India and Kuwait FY 2014-15 to FY 2019-20

Values in US $ Millions
Year 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
INDIA’S EXPORT TO KUWAIT 1,198.89

1,247.51

1,494.41

1,365.66 1,333.92 1,286.56
INDIA’S IMPORT FROM KUWAIT 13,381.97

4,969.69

4,456.83

7,165.70 7,430.82 9,573.80
TOTAL TRADE 14,580.85

6,217.20

5,951.24

8,531.36 8,764.74 10,860.36
Source: M/o Commerce & Industry, India

ii) India’s Major Trade with Kuwait

Top five items of Exports to Kuwait

S. No Commodity FY 2019-20 Value (in Million US$)
1

CEREALS.  

222.12

2

NUCLEAR REACTORS, BOILERS, MACHINERY AND MECHANICAL APPLIANCES; PARTS THEREOF.  

116.99

3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND PARTS THEREOF; SOUND RECORDERS AND REPRODUCERS, TELEVISION IMAGE AND SOUND RECORDERS AND REPRODUCERS,AND PARTS.  

95.07

4

VEHICLES OTHER THAN RAILWAY OR TRAMWAY ROLLING STOCK, AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF.  

92.96

5

ARTICLES OF IRON OR STEEL  

63.62

Source: Department of Commerce, M/o Commerce & Industry, GOI

Top five items of Imports from Kuwait

Sl. No

Commodity

FY 2019-20 Value (in Million US$)

1

MINERAL FUELS, MINERAL OILS AND PRODUCTS OF THEIR DISTILLATION; BITUMINOUS SUBSTANCES; MINERAL WAXES.  

5,879.57

2

AIRCRAFT, SPACECRAFT, AND PARTS THEREOF.  

2,934.36

3

ORGANIC CHEMICALS  

466.43

4

PLASTIC AND ARTICLES THEREOF.  

81.33

5

ALUMINIUM AND ARTICLES THEREOF.  

41.73

Source: Department of Commerce, M/o Commerce & Industry, GOI

Recent High-Level visit

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs’ visit to Kuwait:
Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan visited Kuwait on 14-15 September 2019. During the visit, he met with Minister of State for Economic Affairs H E Mariam Al-Aqeel and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait H E Khaled Al-Jarallah and discussions were held on various issues related to the Indian community, along with bilateral relations, regional and international issues.

India’s Minister of External Affairs’ visit to Kuwait:
India’s then Minister of External Affairs, Late Smt. Sushma Swaraj, accompanied by a delegation visited Kuwait on 30-31 October, 2018. She held talks with H H the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah,  H H the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and National Assembly Speaker H E Marzouq AlGhanem. Smt. Swaraj also met with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, following which both sides signed an agreement on mutual visa exemptions for holders of diplomatic, official and special passports and a memorandum of cooperation on employment of domestic workers.

Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs’ visit to India:
Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, and Minister of State for Economic Affairs H E Hind Al-Sabeeh, accompanied by a delegation, undertook an official visit to India in October 2018, and met with Indian Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh. During the meeting, both ministers discussed ways to deepen cooperation between the two nations.

Visit of JS Gulf to Kuwait
In 2018, JS Gulf, MEA visited Kuwait and met with the Director of the Real Estate and Infrastructure Dept. KIA, Mr. Ahmed Al Bader.

Kuwaiti PM’s visit to India:
H H the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah led a high-level delegation on an official visit to India from November 7-10, 2013. During the visit, the Kuwaiti PM called on President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Shri Hamid Ansari. A delegation level talk co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of India and Kuwait was also held. Besides meeting the Ministers of Finance, External Affairs, Commerce & Industry and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, he also had a meeting with the members of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). During the visit, five bilateral cooperation agreements/MOUs covering - transfer of sentenced persons, cooperation between Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of India and Kuwait Diplomatic Institute, sports and youth affairs cooperation, executive programmes for culture and education for the period 2013-2016 – were signed. 


Other recent bilateral exchanges / meetings

2019 - 20

  • A delegation from the State Department of Education, Gujarat, led by Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Principal Secretary Smt. Anju Sharma along with representatives of 19 universities of Gujarat with Ganpat University as the lead partner, visited Kuwait on 14-15 January 2020 and organised the maiden roadshow under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign, in association with Embassy of India in Kuwait.
  • A delegation from Andhra Pradesh, India led by Mr. Hafeez Khan, Hon’ble Member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, accompanied by officers from the Overseas Manpower Company of Andhra Pradesh (OMCAP) visited Kuwait from 21 to 24 November 2019. The delegation met with several investors and business heads in Kuwait.
  • A two member delegation from the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) visited India in October 2019. The delegation comprising of the Director General of KISR, Dr. Samira A S Omar, and Head S&T Agreements, Eng Waleed Roy, visited ISRO Headquarters, CISR-Labs and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on October 30 and 31, 2019.
  • The Global Aviation Summit 2019 was organized in Mumbai on 15th – 16th January, 2019 by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India along with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI). A Kuwaiti delegation led by the President of the DGCA, H E Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al Hamoud Al Sabah visited India to attend the Summit. The inaugural session of the Summit was opened by Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Suresh Prabhu, and was attended by the Kuwaiti Ambassador to India, along with several Kuwaiti officials, foreign ministers of several countries, industry officials, and the President of FICCI.

 

2017-18

  • From India, the 3rd Joint Ministerial Commission Meeting (JMC) on Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technological Cooperation between India and Kuwait was held in Kuwait on 18-20 September 2017. The ten member Indian delegation was led by MOS (MJA) while the Kuwaiti delegation was led by Deputy PM & Minister of Finance H E Mr. Anas Al-Saleh. The whole gamut of bilateral relations was reviewed over a long period of nine years since the holding of 2nd JMC in 2008 in New Delhi.

2016-17

  • At the invitation of the President of National Security Bureau of Kuwait, a high level delegation led by Shri Ajit Doval, NSA arrived in Kuwait for two day's official visit from 13-14 March, 2017 to participate in the 3rd bilateral security dialogue,
  • A 4-member delegation led by Shri Naini Narshimha Reddy, Labour & Home minister of Telangana & Chairman of Telangana Overseas Manpower Co. Ltd (TOMCOM) visited Kuwait on 21 January 2017 to explore manpower opportunities in healthcare, hospitality and construction sectors in Kuwait
  • A 12-member business delegation from Gujarat led by Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Gujarat and Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd visited Kuwait from 9-10 October, 2016
  • A 3-member delegation led by Shri Ashwini Attri, Additional Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General (Southern Region), Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, New Delhi visited Kuwait from November 7-10, 2016 to participate in the 8th Indo-Kuwait Joint Seminar on “Role of SAIs in Good Governance”;
  • Gen. V.K. Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs visited Kuwait from 6-7 September 2016 to meet Deputy PM and Foreign Minister, Deputy Foreign Minister, Minister of Social Affairs & Labour and Governor of Farwaniya. During the visit, Hon’ble Minister also unveiled the life-size bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Embassy complex.
  • On 21 January 2016, Shri K.C. Joseph, Minister for Non-Residents Keralites’ Affairs accompanied by Secretary, NORKA, CEO, NORKA visited Kuwait on the issue of recruitment of Indian nurses for work in Kuwait. Two Indian Naval ships ‘INS Deepak’ and ‘INS Tabar’ made goodwill visit to Kuwait from 13-16 September, 2015 followed by another visit by three Indian Naval Ships ‘INS Deepak’, ‘INS Delhi’ and ‘INS Tarkash’ from 12-15 May 2016.

2015 and earlier

  • In 2014 & 2015, bilateral meetings under the existing framework of institutional mechanism such as the 2nd Foreign Office Consultations (11 September 2014), the 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Labour, Employment and Manpower Development (16 June 2014), the 3rd meeting of the JWG on Hydrocarbon (24-25 June 2014), the meeting to discuss the Protocol amending the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income (24-25 August 2015) were held in Kuwait while the 4th meeting of the JWG on Hydrocarbon (15-16 September 2015) was held in New Delhi.
  • Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission visited Kuwait in July 2013.

 

Trade delegations:

  • A delegation of tour and travel operators from India and the UAE visited Kuwait and attended the Know India Seminar 2019, which was organized by the Embassy in association with the India Tourism Office, Dubai on December 1, 2019 at the Hotel Radisson Blu, Kuwait.
  • A two-member delegation from the Vibrant Tamil Nadu foundation visited Kuwait and conducted a roadshow in August 2019 at the Embassy premises to promote the 2nd edition of the Vibrant Tamil Nadu Expo 2019;
  • A two member delegation from GJEPC visited Kuwait in June 2019 for conducting a door-to-door promotion activity for the IIJS 2019 expo;
  • Mr. Abhinav Mohapatra, Manager-Marketing for Engineers India Limited (EIL) visited Kuwait from 24th to 27th June, 2019.
  • A delegation from Alghanim International travelled to India in 2019 for meetings with M/s. Petronet LNG Limited for discussing a tie up for an O&M project in Kuwait;
  • Representatives from leading supermarkets in Kuwait attended events such as the Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) for the promotion of export of Indian Mangoes and Fruits held in Mumbai and Lucknow in mid 2019.
  • A delegation comprising of representatives from the Vibrant Goa Foundation and Goan Business Community visited Kuwait from April 20 - 22, 2019, and conducted a Roadshow for the Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit (VG-GES) 2019 at the premises of the Embassy of India, Kuwait;
  • A 2-member delegation from India, led by Mr. Deepak Vohra from TPCI, participated in the Kuwait International Agro Food Expo 2019 in April 2019;
  • A delegation comprising representatives from several leading hospitals and healthcare providers from India such as Apollo Hospitals, Max Healthcare, KIMS Trivandrum, Manipal Hospitals, Saifee Hospital - Mumbai, Unity Hospital, A. J. Hospital, Ayurgreen and Somatheeram, etc. Medical tour operators visited Kuwait in March 2019 to participate in the “Best of Indian Healthcare Expo” which was organized by the Embassy of India, in partnership with the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), Indian Doctors’ Forum (IDF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • The 2nd Edition of INDUSFOOD was organized by the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) on 14 – 15 January, 2019 in Noida, India. A delegation of 13 eminent businesspersons from the Food and Beverage (F&B) sectors in Kuwait, led by Mr. Anant Kapadia, Vice President of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), attended the event.
  • A delegation from Kuwait's Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Gemstones and Jewelry Department, visited India to attend the 35th edition of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) 2018 in Mumbai;
  • Mr. Ashok Sethi, Director, Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) visited Kuwait from 03-05 November 2018, for promotion of 2nd Edition of INDUSFOOD.

Agreements between India and Kuwait in the Economic Field

  • Trade Agreement signed in February 1974. 
  • Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation signed in February 1992. 
  • Agreement for Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investment signed in November 2001 and ratified in June 2003.
  • Agreement on Juridical and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters signed in August 2005 and ratification process completed in June 2009. 
  • Agreement on Drug Demand Reduction and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals and Related Matters was signed in June 2006 and ratification process was completed in July 2012. 
  • MOU on Labour, Employment and Manpower Development signed in April 2007. 
  • MOU on Civil Aviation between India and Kuwait authorities, latest one signed in June 2007. 
  • Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion of Taxes on Income signed in June 2006. 
  • Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed in April 2009. 
  • MOU on Medical Cooperation signed in April 2012. 
  • MOU on Youth Affairs and Sports signed in November 2013. 
  • MOU between CSIR and KISR on S&T cooperation signed in November 2013.  
  • MOU between KISR and Earth Systems Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences on cooperation in S&T signed on 16 October 2014.  
  • MOU between KISR and Indian Space Research Organization for Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes on 30 September 2015. 
  • The Protocol amending the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income between India and Kuwait, on 15 January 2017

Kuwaiti investments in India

Kuwait’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is valued over US$ 592 billion and is managed and invested by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA). These assets are held in 2 state-owned sovereign funds: the Reserve Fund for Future Generations (RFFG) and General Reserve Fund (GRF) to which Kuwait transfers 10% of its total revenues each year. Up till 2017, KIA investments in India were reported at about US$ 3 billion. It is understood that since 2017, KIA has invested an additional US$ 2 billion, bringing total investment in India up to US$ 5 billion. A summary of KIA’s earlier investments in India are as follows:

  • In September 2017, KIA was an anchor investor in ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. ahead of its IPO.
  • In June 2017 KIA invested US$ 87 million as a consortium along with Nomura in Wells Fargo, HSBC in AU Small Finance Bank. Also, in June 2017, KIA was one of the 15 Anchor investors who participated in the IPO of Dixon Technologies, a Noida based Electronic manufacturer. They bought shares worth INR 12.5 crores (USD 2 million).
  • In December 2015, KIA announced an investment of US$ 300 million in GMR Infrastructure Ltd. KIA also made some investment in the Interglobe Aviation’s (Indigo Airlines) IPO in October 2015.
  • Earlier, in 2013, KIA had made an investment of US$ 5.37 million in the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. On 28 November 2015, Kuwait’s National Petroleum Services Company (Napesco) opened their first company in India, ‘Napesco India’, a limited liability company with a capital of about Rs. 50 million (USD 7.8 lakh) at Chennai Special Economic Zone.

As a follow up to the visit of Minister of Amiri Diwan, Sheikh Nasser to India in March 2013, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission visited Kuwait from July 1-3, 2013 with a delegation during which detailed discussions were held with KIA. IDFC, IL&FS and L&T Infra also made presentations. As a follow up to the visit of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait to India on November 7-10, 2013, an investment delegation led by Secretary (Disinvestment), Mr. Ravi Mathur, visited Kuwait on November 13, 2013 and discussed investment opportunities in India with KIA team led by its Managing Director H.E. Mr. Bader Al-Saad. 
Significant Kuwaiti presence in India includes those by Alghanim Group of Kuwait; KAPICO group; National Aviation Services; Agility Logistics, Hasibat Holding Co, KGA Group, KCIC, KIPCO, Global Investment House, Kuwait Finance House, Noor Investment, etc. among others. Several India-related funds have been launched in Kuwait in the past few years and among them are India Fund (first Sharia compliant India-focused fund); Tijari India Fund (launched by the Commercial Bank of Kuwait); India Equity Fund (Sharia compliant fund launched by the Kuwait and Middle East Financial Investment Company); Kuwait India Holding Company (Sharia compliant; launched by Noor Financial Investment Company); Indian Private Equity Fund (Sharia compliant fund launched by the Khaleej Finance and Investment of Bahrain, Kuwait Investment Company and Kuwait Finance House); India Private Equity Fund (launched by National Bank of Kuwait); and 3rd Real Estate Islamic Fund (Sharia compliant fund launched by National Bank of Kuwait for China and India). UTI Asset Management Company in July 2009 set up a US$ 500 million infrastructure - focused private equity fund - the India Infrastructure Development Fund (IIDF) - in association with Noor Financial Investment Company of Kuwait (NOOR) and HSH Nordbank of Germany. 

Indian Investments in Kuwait
Indian public and private sector companies in the finance and insurance sector which have investments in Kuwait are - LIC (International), LIC Housing Finance, New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance Company, HDFC Ltd. These companies are present in Kuwait for many years. They have their offices in Kuwait, in association with local sponsors, as per prevailing regulations. 

Presence of Indian Corporate Sector in Kuwait
Major Indian companies having presence in Kuwait include EPCs such as L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd, TERI, Essar Projects, Simplex Projects, as well as IT/ITES firms including Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), WIPRO and Tech Mahindra. Indian EPCs have been executing projects in various sectors in Kuwait. Many Indian banks have agreements with major Exchange Houses in Kuwait to facilitate remittances into India. The following Indian companies have a presence in Kuwait:

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Essar Projects Limited

Punj Lloyd

Shapoorji Pallonji

Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd

Indian Office of Japan’s Toyo Engineering Co.

The Energy Resource Institute (TERI)

Dodsal

Afcons

Simplex Projects

TATA Consultancy Services

WIPRO

UTI Asset Management Company

Tech Mahindra

Fortis Group of India

HDFC Limited

Himalaya Drug Company

Apollo Hospital group

Bridge & Roof Company Limited

Godrej Security Solutions

Royal Enfield (KAICO)

Shalimar Valves

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Maruti Suzuki

TATA Motors (Zayani)

Ashok Leyland (Al-Sayer)

Force Motors

EICHER Motors Ltd. (KAICO)

Indian Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in Kuwait

  • TCIL has significant presence in Kuwait since 1978
  • LIC (International),
  • LIC Housing Finance Company, 
  • New India Assurance Company, 
  • Oriental Insurance Company and 
  • Air India Limited (Air India and Air India Express) 
  • ONGC TERI Biotech Ltd (OTBL)

Presence of Indian Brands in Kuwait
Prominent Indian brands like Ceat Tyres, TVS Tyres, Index Batteries, Apollo Tyres, Royal Enfield Bikes, Eicher Buses and Trucks, TATA Buses and Trucks, Ashok Leyland Buses and Trucks, Mahindra pick-ups, Force Mini Buses, Maruti Suzuki vehicles (under Suzuki’s name), Godrej Security Solutions, Godrej Interio, Amaron Batteries, Laopala Tableware, Havells electrical appliances and products, Finolex cables, Onida TVs, Kenstar Kitchen appliances and Air Coolers, Videocon TVs and refrigerators, VIP Luggages, ELGI Air Compressors, MRF Tyres, JK Tyres, Servo Oil, Kent Water Purifiers, Balkrishna Tyres, Butterfly mixies, Pigeon mixies, Samrat and Nolta cooking utensils, etc., have presence in Kuwait.

Recent Exhibitions/Events organized by the Embassy of India, Kuwait

Sl. No. Name of the Exhibition Date Products

1

“Study in Gujarat” Exhibition & Roadshow at Hotel Holiday Inn, Salmiya

14th and 15th January, 2020

Department of Education led by Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Principal Secretary Smt. Anju Sharma along with representatives of 19 universities of Gujarat with Ganpat University as the lead partner, in association with Embassy of India, Kuwait organised the maiden roadshow under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign, at Hotel Holiday Inn, Salmiya.

2

“Know India Seminar” at Hotel Radisson Blu, Salwa

1st December, 2019

Embassy of India in Kuwait, in association with India Tourism, conducted a “Know India Seminar” on Sunday, 1st December 2019 at 7:00 pm at Hotel Radisson Blu, Kuwait. The event was well attended with the presence of a large number of distinguished guests comprising officials from the Government of State of Kuwait, representatives from the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, leading tour operators, representatives from airlines, frequent tourists and travel bloggers from Kuwait, members of the media, representatives of lifestyle/travel magazines and members from the Indian Community in Kuwait.

3

“Best of Indian Healthcare Expo 2019” at Hotel Radisson Blu, Salwa.

17-18 March, 2019

The Expo was inaugurated by Dr. Mustafa Redha, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health, following which Dr. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), gave a keynote address. The Expo saw participation from several leading hospitals and healthcare providers from India such as Apollo Hospitals, Max Healthcare, KIMS Trivandrum, Manipal Hospitals, Saifee Hospital - Mumbai, Unity Hospital, A. J. Hospital, Ayurgreen and Somatheeram, etc. Medical tour operators also participated at the Expo, providing a complete information package to the visitors planning to travel to India for medical care.

4

“Made in India Exhibition” at Holiday Inn Hotel, Salmiya

21 Mar 2018

The event was inaugurated by Assistant Undersecretary for International Organizations and Foreign Trade Affairs, Sheikh Nimr Fahd Al Malik Al Sabah, from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The exhibition showcased more than 50 major brands from India from sectors such as oil & gas, construction, agriculture, food processing, health and pharmaceuticals etc.

Indian Rupee drawing agreement with Kuwait
The Indian community with a presence of about 9 lakhs in Kuwait sends remittances of US$ 4.5 billion (approx.) yearly through several leading Exchange Houses in Kuwait. The leading exchange houses having rupee drawing agreement with Indian Banks include, Al Muzaini Exchange Company; Al Mulla International Exchange Company; Bahrain Exchange Company; Aman Exchange Company WLL; Lulu Exchange Company WLL; Dollarco Exchange Company; Kuwait India International Exchange Company; Kuwait Bahrain International Exchange Company; City International Exchange Company; Joy Alukkas Exchange Company WLL; Al-Ansari Exchange Company; UAE Exchange Center; National Exchange Company etc.

Business activities of Indian Community in Kuwait
The Indian community with a strength of about 10 lakhs is the largest expatriate community in Kuwait and is regarded as the community of first preference among the expatriate communities. Professionals like engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, scientists, software experts, management consultants, architects; technicians and nurses; retail traders and businessmen are present in Kuwait, though a large proportion consists of unskilled and semi-skilled workers. 
The Indian Business Community in Kuwait has carved a niche in the Kuwaiti market in retail as well as distributorship. Many of the business houses are present in Kuwait for three-four generations. Four Indian businessmen from Kuwait figured in a report by Forbes, "100 top Indian leaders in the Arab World 2015.” 
The Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) an association of about 200 business persons in Kuwait who are actively involved in promoting India-Kuwait business relations. 
Presence of NRI owned retail outlets such as Lulu Hypermarket and Centrepoint, as well as large NRI owned distributor companies have contributed to a growing range of Indian products in Kuwait and has helped meet the requirements of the large Indian community in Kuwait. 

Air connectivity between India and Kuwait (pre COVID-19)
Air India, Air India Express, Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways operate flights between various cities in India and Kuwait. Two private Indian airlines, namely, GoAir airlines & IndiGo, have been permitted by Civil Aviation authorities to start their flights to Kuwait. The details viz. name of airline, cities connected in India and frequency of non-stop flights are given below:

 

S.
No.

Cities

Kuwait Airways

Air India

Air India Express

Jazeera Airways

IndiGo

GoAir

1

Ahmedabad

2 flights a week
(Mon, Fri)

-

3 flights weekly
(Wed, Fri, Sat)

1 flight daily

-

2

Bengaluru

5 flights a week
(Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri)

-

-

-

-

3

Chennai

5 flights a week
(Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat)

-

-

1 flight daily

-

4

Delhi

2 Daily flights

-

4 flights weekly (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)

6 flights weekly (Daily except Tue)

-

5

Goa

3 flights a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat)

-

-

-

6

Hyderabad

-

1 flight daily

-

-

7

Kannur

-

-

2 flights a week (Tue, Sat)

-

-

-

8

Kochi

1 flight daily plus additional 3 flights per week on Sun, Wed and Fri)

-

2 flights a week (Tue, Sat)

4 flights weekly
(Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)

1 flight daily

-

9

Kozhikode

5 flights a week 
(Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat)

-

-

-

10

Mangalore

3 flights a week
(Mon, Wed & Fri)

-

-

-

11

Mumbai

2 Daily flights

1 flight daily

1 flight daily

-

12

Thiruvanan-thapuram

6 flights a week
Daily except Friday

1 flight per week (Sat)

-

-

-