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.