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Archive for September 3, 2018

Newsline: India Has 1.3 Billion People, But Fewer Than 1,000 Diplomats

Indian officials say an understaffed foreign ministry is holding back Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to seek greater global influence in line with his country’s fast-growing $2.6 trillion economy. The nation of 1.3 billion people only deploys around as many diplomats as New Zealand, which has a population of around 5 million. “We’re woefully under-equipped,” said former junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor, an opposition lawmaker who chairs India’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. “This is not worthy of a country of India’s size and ambition.” The need for a well-staffed foreign ministry in New Delhi is only growing more urgent, particularly as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration emphasizes outreach to the “Indo-Pacific” region in a bid to elevate India as a counterweight to China. New Delhi has started to take a leading role in pushing back against China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, which is encroaching on India’s South Asian backyard. India also has lots of unfinished goals. It’s angling for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, while trying to defend the global mobility of its IT workers overseas as protectionism rises.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-30/india-s-diplomat-shortage-leaves-it-far-behind-asian-rival-china

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Newsline: Kenyans in Germany demonstrate over poor services by the Kenyan embassy

Kenyans in Germany demonstrated over poor services by the Kenyan embassy in Berlin. They claim the embassy has unfair and unreasonable requirements for the processing of visas using e-passport. They have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to come to their aid as he promised them two years ago when he visited Germany and recognized them as the 48th County. Most of them claim the embassy cites lack of machine as the reason why it’s takes long for them to process the visas. In the past, they have been forced to fly back to Kenya to have their finger prints taken.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001294351/kenyans-in-germany-demonstrate-over-poor-services-by-the-kenyan-embassy