UAE-India to launch series of sector-specific initiatives to boost Cepa

India was the second-largest trading partner of the UAE in 2021 has accounted for 9 per cent of the total volume of the UAE’s trade with the world



Mohan G. Valrani, chairman at Arcadia Education,co-founder and mentor at Al Shirawi Group, Oasis Investment Company (Al Shirawi Group); Bharat Bhatia, chairman and CEO of Conares; Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE; Dr Aman Puri, The Consul-General of India in Dubai; and Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman and founder, Al Dobowi Group, at Consul-General of India in Dubai on Thursday. — Supplied photo
Mohan G. Valrani, chairman at Arcadia Education,co-founder and mentor at Al Shirawi Group, Oasis Investment Company (Al Shirawi Group); Bharat Bhatia, chairman and CEO of Conares; Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE; Dr Aman Puri, The Consul-General of India in Dubai; and Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman and founder, Al Dobowi Group, at Consul-General of India in Dubai on Thursday. — Supplied photo
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Sandhya D'Mello

Published: Thu 9 Jun 2022, 8:06 PM

Last updated: Sat 11 Jun 2022, 4:31 PM

The UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is all set to launch sector-specific programmes and initiatives to address initial ‘teething challenges’ on both sides.

Addressing the Indian business community on Thursday, during ‘UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement A Watershed in the Strategic Partnership’, Dr Aman Puri, The Consul-General of India in Dubai, said: “Trade relations between both UAE and India have reached a point where both the economies can immensely benefit from each other offering tremendous business opportunities. The current year will witness huge investments from the UAE into India and vice-versa.”

India was the second-largest trading partner of the UAE in 2021 has accounted for 9 per cent of the total volume of the UAE’s trade with the world, and 13 per cent of the UAE’s non-oil exports, while the non-oil foreign trade between the two countries in 2021 reached Dh165 billion, a growth of 66 per cent compared to 2020. Within the next five years, India seeks to grow the value of such bilateral trade to $100 billion (Dh367 billion), further securing India’s place as one of the UAE’s most significant and trusted commercial partners.

Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE assured that both governments are actively chalking the architecture to facilitate Cepa. The new initiatives will organise a series of programmes for gems and jewellery; petroleum products; engineering goods; textiles; electronic goods; drugs and pharmaceuticals; and food & agro products.

“The plan is to introduce a three-pronged strategy focusing on 15 buyers and sellers meet focusing on key markets every fortnight; focused participation of 11 exhibitions; and set up a platform for addressing and facilitating India exports,” said Sudhir.

Shaima Alaydarous, director - Trade Negotiations and International Organisations Department, Ministry of Economy and Omar Khan, director, International Offices, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry attended the event expressing a strong commitment from the UAE to bolster trade ties.

Khan said: “Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is very keen to double its size of the team in India to facilitate the dialogues between two nations and help business communities on both sides for an exchange of seamless trade and investment opportunities.”

Suresh Kumar, chairman, IBPC Dubai, Founder and Mentor, Tricolour Values Group.
Suresh Kumar, chairman, IBPC Dubai, Founder and Mentor, Tricolour Values Group.

Suresh Kumar, chairman, IBPC Dubai, Founder and Mentor, Tricolour Values Group, said: “We have pledged our ongoing role as a catalyst for successful Cepa across various sectors which are hugely positively impacted. Clearly, with the first shipment which took place on May 2, 2022 — the day after Cepa came into effect — there has been significant momentum in trade. Our role will also be involving policy advocacy supporting specific tangible actionable investors, institutional and family offices to take full benefit of CEPA.”

One of the largest benefits provided by CEPA for businesses in the UAE and India is a permanent safeguard mechanism against tariffs. This will protect exporters and businesses from an unwarranted surge in volumes of any specific product, informed Bharat Bhatia, chairman and CEO of Conares.

"The UAE also continues to strengthen its position as a global hub for investment and trade with various new initiatives that facilitate trade and reduce costs and requirements, thereby ensuring ease of doing business. The Indian government has put a particular focus on the steel trade between the two countries. This has created various investment opportunities and growth prospects for steel manufacturers in the UAE and India given that steel is among the most exchanged commodities between the two sides," said Bhatia.

With India projected to become the third-largest economy in the world over the next few years, opportunities for UAE steel manufacturers will continue to grow exponentially. India-UAE CEPA is also going to facilitate scrap trading between countries.

"Steel is one of the commodities that has been granted the status of Tariff Elimination Phased (TEP) which is a status that entitles goods shipped to a promised zero per cent or reduced tariff rate in the future. Certain steel products will see reduced tariffs and others will incur zero per cent customs duty in 10 years. We at Conares will continue to explore our future investment in UAE as well as in India aimed at adding value to both the markets," concluded Bhatia.

sandhya@khaleejtimes.com


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