The Bahrain government is likely to pen an agreement with India early next year for cooperation in space technology, a Bahraini minister has said.
In February next year, the Gulf nation, hopefully, will open a pact with Indian space agency ISRO for training and research reasons, Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister for Transportation and Telecommunications, Bahrain, said.
“The national science and space agency (Bahrain) and ISRO will agree on a MoU. It has been approved by the Bahrain government and is in its last stage. And hopefully, I will be in India recently, 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 majorily for training purposes and both countries will cooperate on research and technology, he added.
“It is just an inception point. The government will send some Bahrainis to be trained in India from January for eight weeks…to study how they can design and make satellites,” Mohammed said. Bahrain 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 Bahrain Economic Development Board (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 minister said.
He further added India is an important market and it will become one of the superpowers in terms of economy. On investment from India, he stated: “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 centralized on technology and knowledge-based industry and services.” India is a major business partner for Bahrain, and the kingdom is keen to further strengthen the relations with the private sector in India.
The trade relationship between the two countries also prompted many Indians to establish their businesses there. “Situated 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 Saudi Arabia – the region’s largest market,” Bahraini officials said.