Kingdom of Bahrain has positively responded to the proposal to form a fund for the infrastructure development in Kerala. The Gulf country will also open a centre dedicated to the improvement of economic ties with the South Indian state.


The idea of creating a fund for infrastructure development of the state came up during the visit of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to the Kingdom on Thursday and was welcomed by the rulers of the Gulf nation.  The Chief Minister held discussions with Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and agreed to further strengthen ties. The state and the Kingdom will engage more in the fronts of culture, technology, tourism, Ayurveda and health besides other areas mutual interest.


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The Bahrain Prime Minister promised all help to start an engineering college and a public school for the Malayalee students in the Kingdom. Bahrain will open a centre dedicated to improving economic ties with the state at Kochi. Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industries would also take a special interest in improving trade relations. A dedicated centre showcasing the ethnic products of Kerala would also come up  in the Kingdom.

Other proposals came up during the discussions: 

  • Establishment of a Government to Government economic district to improve economic and trade links.
  • A Bahrain cultural centre in Kerala. 
  • A hospital for Bahrain citizens in Kerala.
  • A Kerala Clinic for Malayalees in the Gulf nation to provide traditional and modern treatment.
  • Legal aid centre for Keralites in Bahrain.


Bahrain Prime Minister accepted an invitation from the Chief Minister to visit Kerala. Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Kerala leader. Welcoming the guests, the crown prince praised the contribution of Malayalees,who form 20 per cent of total population of the Kingdom.

This is Pinarayi Vijayan’s second foreign outing after assuming office in May last year. He visited UAE last month and held talks with rulers of Sharjah and Dubai in December last.