| Hakim Hayat |
THE Indian High Commission yesterday hosted a seminar and luncheon on the occasion of India’s new “Make in India” campaign by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that was telecast live from India during the event.
The campaign was launched following 100 days of Narendra Modi’s term as the new prime minister and is envisioned to put India prominently on the global manufacturing map and, in turn, facilitate the inflow of new technology and capital while creating millions of jobs.
The ambitious scheme that also puts in place the logistics and systems to address in timely manner queries of potential investors, was unveiled along with a logo, a portal and brochures on various identified growth.
The event was also watched live in several cities in India and abroad via video conferencing.
At the event held at India House at Jalan Kota Batu, attended by leaders and members from the Malay, Indian and Chinese Chambers of Commerce as well as prominent business leaders in the country, Dr Ashok K Amrohi, High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam in an interview with the Bulletin said since the new Indian Government came into power in May this year, they have been looking at various aspects of various government policies in order to ascertain and gain progress for the country in various fields.
“In today’s programme, the main event was to highlight the 100 days of achievements of the new government and more importantly the programme ‘Make in India’ which is aimed at luring more Indian and foreign investors to India,” Dr Ashok said.
When asked about bilateral trade relationship between both countries, the High Commissioner said Brunei will always remain important to them because of India’s energy requirement and the fact that it imports crude oil from Brunei that amounts to $1 billion.
“The total export trade value from India to Brunei has also reached about $30 million annually,” he shared.
Meanwhile, he said, apart from being an old friend, India also has a historical relationship with Brunei going back centuries. “The people-to-people contact, excellent and true friendship at the leadership level will take the relationship forward,” he added.