The first edition of Joint Working Group (JWG) between India and Bahrain in the field of Renewable Energy held virtually on 4th February 2021.

Points To Note

  • The Bahraini delegation was held by H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza who is the President of Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA).
  • From Indian side Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy led the Joint Working Group meeting.
  • The JWG meeting was also attended by the Piyush Srivastava who is the Indian Ambassador to Bahrain.

Agenda of the JWG meeting

  • During the meeting, both countries underscored the importance of renewable energy in order to meet climate change goals.
  • Both also discussed the initiatives that the government has taken, progress that have been made and the future targets which are set by their respective governments.
  • They also presented their views on the opportunities available in this sector.
  • India and Bahrain decided upon sharing the experience, expertise and best practices with each other.
  • They further agreed to forge the deeper engagement in capacity building.
  • Both also agreed to forge the focused cooperation between concerned agencies and the private sector of engaged in the renewable energy sector in both the nations

Backdrop

By July 2018, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between India and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in order to promote the bilateral cooperation in Renewable Energy.

India–Bahrain Bilateral Relation

  • Both friendly countries share an excellent bilateral relation.
  • The bilateral relation is characterized by the cordial political, economic and cultural aspects.
  • The bilateral Trade and commercial exchanges dates back to 5000 years ago.
  • The origin of the trade relation can be traced back to period of Dilmun (Telmun) Civilization (538 BC) in Bahrain to the Indus valley civilization (3300 – c. 1300 BCE) era in India.
  • the Kingdom of Bahrain is home to around 3.5 lakh Indian nationals that account for one third of the total population in Bahrain.
  • The current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Bahrain in August 2019.
  • This was the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain.
  • Both the countries signed the 2 Memorandum of Understanding in the fields of Space, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and RuPay Card (ONE LIFE. ONE RuPay).

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