Local Press: Advent of a new era in India-UAE partnership

Local Press: Advent of a new era in India-UAE partnership

Local Press: Advent of a new era in India-UAE partnership

ABU DHABI, 19th February, 2022 – A local English-language daily has commended the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which was signed yesterday between the UAE and India that would lead to a US$100 billion trade alliance in the next five years.

The economic relations between the UAE and India have been on upswing with the political leadership of both countries showing keenness in leveraging the competitive advantages of both the countries to the benefit of their respective economies, said Gulf News in its editorial on Saturday.

“The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between the two countries will undoubtedly be a monumental milestone in the consolidation of strategic and economic partnership.

The UAE is India’s third largest trading partner, and second largest export destination,” the newspaper pointed out.

Market access
For India, the CEPA agreement is expected to give market access to the entire West-Asia and Africa regions in sectors such as gems and jewellery, textiles, leather goods and software exports through UAE.

In addition, the UAE’s advance multimodal transport and logistics infrastructure can benefit Indian industry to use these as hubs for trade with Africa and Europe, the daily noted.

The agreement would clearly entail the UAE with enhanced market access to India for its key exports such as petrochemicals, metals and dates.

With India projected to become the world’s third largest economy in the early part of next decade, opportunities for UAE companies both in oil and non-oil business in the country are expected to grow exponentially over the next decade, the editorial said.

Investment flows
Recent years have also witnessed several major foreign direct investment partnerships between India and the UAE.

In June 2020, for example, Mubadala invested $1.

2 billion in India’s telecommunications provider Jio Platforms.

While in 2019, UAE entities committed $7 billion to create a food corridor between the UAE and India, the newspaper explained.

Meanwhile, India’s Reliance and Abu Dhabi’s Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company (Ta’ziz) recently announced the launch of $2 billion chemical production partnership in Ruwais.

The CEPA underpins the UAE’s bold economic path for the next five decades and falls under the umbrella of the country’s Projects of the 50 agenda a comprehensive roadmap designed to double the economy, the daily pointed out.

At a broader regional context, the CEPA could eventually become a template for the ongoing India-GCC free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, the editorial concluded.

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