‘UAE and India can change face of Asia’

ABU DHABI — The UAE and India can change the face of Asia through concerted efforts in the field of bilateral relations and economy, the new Indian ambassador to UAE, Chandra Mohan Bhandari, has said.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Sat 23 Jul 2005, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

Towards that goal, he has called upon the Indian community to play an important role in the knowledge world and the Indian corporate houses to take major stakes in UAE’s economy.

“While this country’s investable surplus can be channelled to India, I would like to see corporate houses from India play a major role in UAE’s economy. And whatever we need to do bilaterally will be taken care of,” Bhandari said while addressing the Indian community during a reception hosted for him at the India Social and Cultural Centre on Wednesday. “Your image is my asset here and my success depends to a great extent on how well you present India’s case in the host country,” underlined the ambassador, promising help and support to the community’s endeavours in the UAE.

In the same context, Bhandari noted that representing India abroad in the present time has become a big challenge in the wake of the country’s emergence as a world power among the comity of nations. “More power brings more responsibility to conduct oneself in the right manner,” he added.

Lauding the efforts of the India Social Centre in building a new facility, Bhandari said the richest and largest Indian community in the UAE deserves to have a community centre which would be the best among other expatriate centres.

Later responding to a question about the frequent labour problems involving workers from India and the pathetic living conditions in some of the labour camps, the Indian envoy told Khaleej Times that he has found the UAE government very supportive and sympathetic towards the Indian expatriate workforce. “I was pleasantly surprised at the way the Labour Ministry and the Ministry of Interior intervened in the case of Rapco workers in waiving off their fines in millions for overstaying, and arranging for their journey back home.”

“The embassy is keen on taking up the workers’ problems and seek redress through bilateral means,” he said.

Bhandari said the Indian government was also devising ways to streamline recruitment procedures, and asked prospective job-seekers to be cautious about duplication of job contracts as presented by unscrupulous agents.

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