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Landmark moment in India-UAE Trade & Investment relations: FICCI

Feb 18, 2022

SMEs & Start-ups will benefit from India-UAE CEPA

NEW DELHI, February 18, 2022:  The signing of the CEPA between India and UAE is a major step towards strengthening the bilateral relations and boosting trade and investment between both countries, as India-UAE commemorate the Golden jubilee of our Diplomatic Relations. The completion and signing of this document happened in record time, even amid a pandemic demonstrating the strong commitment towards strengthening the ties between both countries.

CEPA will lead to opening doors to new opportunities for trade and investments. It may be kept in mind that UAE also acts as a gateway for our industry to get market access to the expanded GCC markets, West Asia, Africa, and even the CIS region.

Commenting at the signing of the agreement, Mr Sanjiv Mehta, President, FICCI said, "We in FICCI applaud the leadership of our two countries in making CEPA a reality in record time, even amid a pandemic. There are many areas which will benefit from this agreement. However, one area of the great mutual interest is innovation and start-ups, led by technology driven processes. We can visualise partnerships in health-tech, edu-tech, fin-tech, Industrial Revolution 4.0 and many more areas. Indian Industry feels such engagements will also help in tapping global opportunities together, particularly in the GCC and African markets."

With this FTA there will be an immediate boost in people to people contact too. The relationship will transition from traditional to tech-led business and enhance prosperity of our people as a natural consequence.