Though there is a demand for a full-fledged consulate in Hyderabad, the Yemeni government is inclined to set up a honorary consulate for the time being. At a later date it might be upgraded into a full consulate.

This will help take care of the needs of the 1.5 lakh people of Yemeni origin in Hyderabad.

Ausaf Sayeed, Indian Ambassador to Yemen, said he had conveyed the wishes of Hyderabadis to the Yemeni authorities and the latter was seized of the matter. “I am hopeful a decision will be taken soon,” Dr. Sayeed said. He sees lot of opportunities for Indian companies to take part in the reconstruction of Yemen. There is scope in infrastructure development, power, health and water management sectors. Recently, the BHEL bagged the 437 million US dollar contract for power generation while a Delhi-based company, Angelique International Ltd, has secured 30 million dollar contract.

Nagarjuna Fertilizers is making a huge investment of 1.2 billion dollars to set up a gas-based fertilizer plant in Yemen. Besides, Reliance Industries Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation are engaged in oil exploration in seven oil blocks.

Economic loss

The projected economic loss due to last year's Arab spring is estimated at 17 lakh US dollars. Civic amenities have taken a hit. Power outages continue for 18 to 19 hours a day. Friends of Yemen Group has pledged five billion dollars and the Gulf countries 3.5 billion dollars for reconstruction of Yemen. The Indian government, Dr. Sayeed said, was extending Rs. 10 crore food assistance and constructing a super-speciality hospital costing 30 million dollars at Raymah governorate. Despite the trouble, the Indian mission in Yemen did not shut down and this has come in for appreciation by the Yemeni government. There are more than 1,00,000 Yemenis of Indian origin settled there. “So we took a conscious decision not to close the Indian mission,” Dr. Sayeed said recalling the challenging task.

There are 1.5 lakh people of Yemeni origin in the State capital