khaleejtimes, Sunday, Aug 13, 2017 | Zul Qaadah 21, 1438
UAE, India trade to hit $100 billion by 2020
Economic trade and investment between the UAE and India are growing as there has
been strong interest from companies and investors from the UAE to invest in the
Southeast Asian country, with bilateral trade projected to reach $100 billion by
2020, according to speakers at a 'Destination India' summit organised by the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) UAE (Dubai) chapter on
Vipul, Consul-General of India in Dubai, said bilateral trade is "very good
between the two countries. It's more than $50 billion and our leadership has set
a target of 60 per cent growth in the next five years. We hope it will be worth
$100 billion. We are equally interested in the investment side and hope to get
more and more investments from the UAE. A target of approximately $75 billion
was set for a joint investment fund when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited
the UAE. Things are moving in that direction and we're making good progress on
Vipul sees a lot of UAE investors are focusing on infrastructure as India is
growing at a fast pace in addition to other industries such as agriculture,
power, oil and gas among others.
During the Indian prime minister's visit to the UAE, an announcement was made to
set up a $75 billion joint fund to invest in infrastructure projects.
The Confederation of Indian Industry also forecast earlier this year that trade
between India and the UAE is set to hit $100 billion by 2020, up from the
current $60 billion.
"Our countries now have a comprehensive strategic partnership and this provides
the foundation to expand ties in the coming years in a range of sectors. A
primary aim of our side has been to encourage the UAE to substantially enhance
its investments in India, especially in the infrastructure sector," he added.
Pankaj Mundra, chairman of ICAI UAE (Dubai) chapter, said bilateral trade
between the UAE and India can be increased further as the number of banks in the
UAE has increased, hence, facilitating and financing the trade in a better and
"We only had the Bank of Baroda earlier, but now we have more than 10 banks in
the Dubai International Financial Centre to fund this UAE-India trade. Being
chartered accountants, we can play a crucial role in terms of bringing
multinational and Emirati firms to India in sectors such as manufacturing,
services, banking, etc., as our members hold key positions like CEOs or CFOs
with companies. The ICAI's 2,500 members are working with 1,300 companies and
they play a major role in decision-making about investments. We can advise
clients to invest in India," he added.
One company a day
Highlighting closer ties between the UAE and India, Gautam Sashittal, CEO of
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), said at least one Indian company
approaches the free zone on every working day.
"Out of 14,000 companies in the DMCC, over 2,000 are from India, making up about
14 per cent of the total. In addition, our DMCC Tea Centre handles 45 million
kilos of tea a year, out of which four million kilos originate from India - so,
it is a substantial interface between Dubai and India. Today, Dubai has become
the largest re-exporter of tea."
Similarly, he pointed out that almost a third of the global trade in Indian
rupee futures happens on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, which is one
of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the region. "In addition, we also
facilitate and regulate the gold and diamond trade in Dubai, which between them
account for $75 billion annually. Almost a third of this trade is with India,"