UAE, India mark first anniversary of signing of landmark CEPA with series of events

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has marked the first anniversary of the signing of the landmark UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement during two important events in the UAE, underlining the significance of the milestone to bilateral relations.

On Friday, Al Zeyoudi received a delegation from The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) comprised of more than 100 exporters, start-ups, and business owners, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The delegation had traveled to the UAE for a four-day visit to celebrate the anniversary of the CEPA and to also explore the market, meet with buyers, and find potential new customers.

In his remarks to the delegates, Dr. Al Zeyoudi praised the efforts of the Federation in helping to realize India’s economic ambitions over the last century and for forging the business relationships that paved the way for the CEPA last year.

“The UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is another step on a journey that first began with our foundation as a unit-ed, independent nation in 1971. And its remarkable how far we have both come. There is, in my mind, no better model of international coop-eration than this modern, flexible, and mutually beneficial deal, and I look forward greater collaboration and innovation as we begin to realize its full potential.”

Also speaking at the event was India’s Ambassador to the UAE, Sunjay Sudhir, who heralded the anniversary as a reflection of UAE-India ties.

“This is truly the golden era of our relationship, which have in many ways run in parallel over the last half century. The CEPA underlined how im-portant our economies are to each other, and how much we look to the other for inspiration, support, and opportunity. The impact of the CEPA is already being felt, but it’s clear we are only at the very beginning of this exciting new chapter.”

Nirankar Saxena, Deputy Secretary General of FICCI, underscored the importance of the UAE to the Indian business community. “The relationship between the UAE and India is both long-standing and deeply intertwined, and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement has now added an important new dimension. It has already opened the door to exciting new opportunities and is enabling the private sectors in both countries to innovate, scale and expand –- not just regionally but globally.”

He later witnessed the launch of the UAE Chapter of the UAE-India Business Council in Dubai.

The UAE-India Business Council (UIBC) was established in September 2015 in New Delhi to serve as a catalyst for collaboration between the respective nations’ private sectors, and enable businesses from the UAE to seamlessly expand their reach into India’s growing market.

The UAE Chapter will, in turn, support Indian enterprises take full advantage of the many advantages and incentives offered by the UAE’s globally competitive ecosystem.

The UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was signed on February 18, 2022, in New Delhi in the presence of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and was the UAE’s first bilateral agreement and India’s first with a MENA-region nation.

Both nations believe that the UAE-India CEPA will push bilateral non-oil trade beyond $100 billion by the end of 2030.

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