On the occasion of the 71st Republic Day of India, Indian Ambassador Alok Kumar Sinha has the following message:
“I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to the members of the Indian community and friends of India in Bahrain.
In 2019, India was one of the fastest growing major economies with its GDP (gross domestic product) crossing $2.6 trillion, making it the seventh largest economy in the world.
“The policies, reforms and initiatives undertaken by the Government of India in recent years include transparent and simplified tax policies, successful implementation of GST, and FDI reforms.
“This also includes Made in India, Digital India, Startup India, Skill India and more which have all contributed to the economic growth and development.
“India jumped 14 spots to reach 63rd place in the World Bank 2020 Ease of Doing Business ranking and achieved 52nd rank in the Global Innovation Index 2019.
“The target is to position India among the top 25 countries of the Global Innovation Index and taking the culture of innovation to the centre-stage.
“The achievements are not limited to economic sphere but have transcended to the area of space technology with India emerging as one of the world leaders in space technology application.
“The endeavour is to achieve the vision of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025.
“The year 2019 also witnessed the historic milestone in India-Bahrain relations with the first-ever visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the kingdom.
“The modern relations between India and Bahrain, the road map of which was set during the historic visit of His Majesty King Hamad to India in 2014, experienced a fresh impetus with the visit of Indian Prime Minister to the kingdom.
“The visit also provided an opportunity for taking the relationship to a higher pedestal, with the identification of new areas of co-operation such as high tech, space technology, Fintech, counter-terrorism and much more.
“Trade and investment ties between the two countries have been consistently growing over the years with bilateral trade reaching $1 billion and companies like Investcorp venturing into India for investment.
“The economic reforms undertaken by the governments of both the countries would further strengthen the commercial and investment ties between India and Bahrain.
“The foundation of historic and civilisational ties between India and Bahrain is trade and people-to-people contact and the Indian community remains an important component of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“I thank the leadership of Bahrain for ensuring the well-being, safety and security of the large Indian community in Bahrain, the contribution of which to the growth and development of both India and Bahrain have been publicly acknowledged by the leadership of the two countries.
“I conclude by wishing growth, development and prosperity of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the friendly people of Bahrain.”