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 India’s PM Modi and the UAE counterpart will meet virtually; a trade pact will be signed

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India’s PM Modi and the UAE counterpart will meet virtually; a trade pact will be signed

The signing of the free trade agreement is set to be the focus of a virtual meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UAE counterpart next week.

Under FTA, Under the deal, both the countries could give duty-free access to several products from different sectors.

The FTA or comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) draught was approved in December, and discussions began in October.

India is currently negotiating a similar trade pact with Australia, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.

The UAE’s ambassador to India, Albanna, stated that the India-UAE relationship has improved during the pandemic.

For the ninth year in a row, the UAE was India’s third-largest trading partner in 2020-21, with bilateral non-oil trade increasing from $185 million in 1985 to more than $43 billion in 2020-21. Foreign direct investment (FDI) from the UAE into India increased from $339 million in 2020 to $4.2 billion in 2021.

Last week, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the country hopes to make certain announcements regarding the India-UAE trade pact very soon.

He previously remarked that the UAE serves as a gateway to all of Africa and many other regions of the world.

Normally, signing a trade agreement takes months or a year, but India UAE was completed in 3-4 months.

Following the signing of the treaty, a joint declaration highlighting the benefits of the FTA will be issued.

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