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Daily PIB Summary - 28 August 2018

PIB Summary

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India - Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting held in Nairobi

  • The 8th meeting of India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 22nd – 25th August, 2018. The meeting was co-chaired by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhuand Mr. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Government of Kenya.
  • The discussions during the meetings covered India’s contribution in implementation of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda – food security, affordable housing, universal healthcare and manufacturing, expansion and diversification of bilateral trade, Kenya’s readiness to join the International Solar Alliance, implementation of Lines of Credit, of over US$ 220 million, extended by Government of India in power transmission, SMEs development, revival of theRivatex factory and agricultural mechanization, implementation of decisions taken during the high level exchanges, cooperation in health, blue economy, agro-processing sectors and WTO related issues; and training & capacity building programmes offered by India. 
  • A meeting ofIndia-Kenya Joint Business Council was held on the side-lines of the Joint Trade Committee meeting. 
  • During the visit, Suresh Prabhu, called on the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Deputy President, Mr. William Ruto. 
  • India and Kenya are Indian Ocean neighbours and share longstanding trade and people-to-people contacts. At present, India is one of Kenya's largest trade partners and the second largest foreign investor in Kenya. Indians are the third-largest group of tourists to Kenya. 
Raksha Mantri Visits Kingdom of Thailand 
  • Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman is on an official bilateral visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from 27 to 28 August 2018.
  •  Raksha Mantri held bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of ThailandHis Excellency Gen. PrawitWongsuwon in Bangkok, today.
  •  She also called on Prime Minister of Thailand His Excellency Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
  • During the meetings, both sides discussed a gamut of issues relating to defence cooperation between India and Thailand.
  • It was decided to step up military-to-military engagement by commencing bilateral navy exercises.
  •  In addition, both countries will explore enhancement of ongoing joint exercises, the MAITREE counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism Army Exercise as well as their SIAM BHARAT Air Force exercise.
  •  Both sides would also expand cooperation on maritime security, focussing on greater sharing of information to develop Maritime Domain Awareness.
  •  Raksha Mantri offered additional training opportunities for the Royal Thai Army in India, including through tailor made courses in specialised areas, which was welcomed by Thailand.
  • Defence Minister of Thailand welcomed India’s initiative to host the inaugural BIMSTEC Army Exercise and Conclave of Chiefs in India in September 2018 and confirmed Thailand’s participation.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister launches online portal for Common Carrier Capacity booking on GAIL’s pipelines
  • The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched an online portal for enabling easy, efficient and transparent booking of Common carrier capacity for natural gas transmission services under GAIL’s pipelines. It would be a first step to facilitate gas trading on hub or exchange traded platform in India.
  • The online portal www.gailonline.com is the first of its kind in the natural gas sector of the country, to provide gas consumers the facility to register pipeline capacity bookings online and endeavours to continue the practice of serving on first come-first served basis.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the GAIL CMD Shri B.C. Tripathi said that with this online initiative, GAIL has raised the standards of consumer experience for third-party access to natural gas pipelines to consumers in India. He said that the company has been providing third party access to pipelines since 2004 and over 100 consumers, small and big, are routinely being serviced at any time, for the last few years.