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KUWAIT CITY, April 8: The Ambassador of India to Kuwait HE Adarsh Swaika during a meeting with HE Mrs. Amani Suleman Abdulwahab Bugamaz, Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, State on April 6, 2023 discussed areas of mutual cooperation between the two countries. The Indian envoy highlighted the opportunities for cooperation in the fields of infrastructure and road connectivity, as well as renewable energy in Kuwait, says a press release issued by the embassy.
India, which has one of the largest road networks in the world, has geared up for improving connectivity with projects such as the PM Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity, launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Bharatmala Pariyojna, a road development plan for construction of tunnels, bridges, elevated corridors, flyovers, overpass, interchanges, bypasses, ring roads etc. which will connect 550 districts of India through a minimum 4-lane highway. The ambitious projects such as the Mumbai-Delhi Expressway is already underway, while Bengaluru- Mysuru as well as the Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressways have been successfully completed.
Additionally, India also launched the Sagarmala initiative which will enhance the performance of the country’s logistics sector, by utilizing the full potential of the waterways and coastlines and reduce logistics costs for international as well as domestic trade. Apart from this, India has also plans to improve air connectivity with plans to develop 220 new airports by 2025. Ambassador Swaika also highlighted during the meeting that India ranks fourth worldwide in installed renewable energy capacity with 165.94 GW as of October 2022, accounting for 40.6% of the nation’s total installed power capacity.
He also mentioned that India has launched the Mission Innovation CleanTech Exchange, a global initiative that will create a whole network of incubators across member countries to accelerate clean energy innovation. Modi had pledged to boost India’s renewable energy generation capacity to 500 GW and satisfy half of India’s energy needs through renewable sources by the 2030 at the Cop-26 Summit in Glasgow. Meanwhile, the Ambassador also met HE Mazin Al Essa, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs in the office of HH the Crown Prince during which he apprised Al-Essa of the state of bilateral relations with Kuwait, the new developments and prospects for further strengthening of cooperation in different areas.