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Ambassador with a mission; H.E Sunil Jain strikes direct chord with Indian diaspora
January 2, 2014, 2:26 pm
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Even as he waits to present his credentials to HH the Amir of Kuwait, Ambassador designate Sunil Jain’s series of initiatives to help the Indian community and also his keen desire to connected with the huge Indian diaspora directly has been highly appreciated by Indians from all walks of life in Kuwait.

An indication to this effect is the latest advisory from the Embassy asking members of Indian community residing in Kuwait to immediately report to the local police station regarding thefts, robberies, assaults and damages to their property. Not only this, the Embassy also decided to extend help to the members of the community, so that the matter could also be taken up by the Embassy with Kuwaiti authorities.

In yet another gesture of support to the community the outsourced Passport and Visa Processing Center operated by BLS is to open a new office in Abbasiya shortly. Moreover, the processing fee for renewing Indian passports has been reduced from KD 1.500 to KD 1.000 effective 17 Dec, 2013, while the visa processing fee has been reduced From KD 5.000 to KD 3.000.

Ambassador Jain is also considering a series of other community-friendly measures, including opening up the Indian embassy auditorium for community programs

On the other hand, the relaxation for rules for Kuwaitis to get visa has largely been welcomed by the host country as the new procedures were issued by Indian authorities regarding types and duration of visas for Kuwaiti citizens wishing to visit the nation.

In order to facilitate travel of Kuwaiti nationals to India for business, tourism, and medical and study purposes, the Indian authorities have adopted a new visa structure for Kuwaiti nationals. According to the new structure, two types of business visas would be issued for one and five years with multiple entries.The tourism visa would be valid for six months, the medical one for one year with multiple entries; the student visa would be valid for study duration. Welcoming the move, Kuwait Ambassador to India Suleiman said Kuwait asserted that the new procedures would encourage Kuwaiti travelers to visit India in large numbers for business, tourism and medical treatment.

Noting that India is a favorite tourist destination among Kuwaiti travelers, that available clinics and treatment centers are of high standards, the ambassador said India plays an important role in the flourishing trade and business in the Gulf. Kuwait Ambassador to India H E Sami Suleiman said the strong economy and better investment opportunities which New Delhi offers would attract more Kuwaiti entrepreneurs to launch business in India.

Ambassador Jain has also maintained an open door policy since his arrival in early December, indicating that he is available to engage directly with community members seeking advice and support from the embassy. His warm friendly disposition and eagerness to help has gone very well with the Indian community.

Relations between India and Kuwait has reached a new height with a series of high level visits that has taken place in recent past following initiative by  both the governments.  Ambassador Jain would have a tight working schedule to oversee the diplomatic engagement entered between the two nations.

Among other priorities that would need the attention of the new envoy would be to accelerate trade relations which has been the core of several agreements and to bring the embassy closer to the community, a process which has already begun.

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