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Bahrain likely to ink pact with ISRO for training, research on space tech

The agreement will be mainly for training purposes and both countries will cooperate on research and technology

Press Trust of India  |  Manama 

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The government is likely to sign an agreement with early next year for cooperation in space technology, a Bahraini has said.

In February next year, the Gulf nation, hopefully, will sign a pact with Indian space agency for and purposes, Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, for Transportation and Telecommunications, Bahrain, said.

"The (Bahrain) and will sign an MoU. It has been approved by the government and is in its final stage. And hopefully, I will be in shortly, maybe in the next air show in February to sign the MoU," the minister, who also holds the space portfolio, said.

The agreement will be mainly for purposes and both countries will cooperate on and technology, he added.

"It is just a starting point. The government will send some Bahrainis to be trained in from January for eight study how they can design and build satellites, Mohammed said.

is also looking to forge closer economic ties with India to attract investment and tech companies.

"We are in continuous discussion with the private sector, CII and (EDB) which is the government agency to promote Bahrain and attract foreign direct investment, and India is one of the important markets for EDB. It has an office there. There will be a delegation there in December, the said.

He further said India is an important market and it will become one of the superpowers in terms of economy.

On investment from India, he said: "I believe Indian companies are becoming bigger, they are expanding outside of India and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries offer them the best opportunity."

"We are more focussing on technology and knowledge-based industry and services."

India is an important business partner for Bahrain, and the kingdom is keen to further strengthen the relations with the private sector in India.

Trade relationship between the two countries also prompted many Indians to set up their businesses there.

"Located at the heart of the Middle East, Bahrain is the natural gateway to the Gulf region, with strong, efficient and cost-effective pan-GCC transport links and direct access to the region's largest market," Bahraini officials said.

First Published: Mon, November 19 2018. 12:25 IST