The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), in partnership with the Ministry of Economy (MoE), organised a workshop for private sector companies pertaining to the India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which aims to further enhance economic cooperation, and access to markets and mutual investment opportunities.
UAE India CEPA, signed earlier this year, will pave the way to increase non-oil bilateral trade volume to US $100 billion in the coming 5 years. The agreement is part of the UAE’s plan to sign comprehensive economic partnership agreements (CEPAs) with major global trade partners. MoE plans to sign eight (8) agreements with UAE strategic partners to increase bilateral trade by AED 40 billion annually.
The UAE India CEPA covers 11 service sectors and over 100 sub-sectors to stimulate flows between the two markets by eliminating custom tariffs on nearly 80 percent of goods.
By end of 2021, non-oil trade between the UAE and India rose by 66 percent to AED 170 billion, making India the second largest trade partner of the UAE, accounting for 9 percent of the country’s total non-oil trade. India is the top market for non-oil UAE exports accounting for 13.8 percent of the country's total exports, and 8.1 percent of UAE re-export volumes. India is the third largest destination for UAE re-export trade. Indian exports represent 7.4 percent of the UAE imports, placing India as second largest in this regard.
ADDED’s workshop was attended by H.E. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, H.E. Sameh Al Qubaisi, Director General of Economic Affairs at ADDED, H.E. Abdulla Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary, Industry Growth at MoE, and several senior officials from MoE and ADDED and representatives of the private sector.
H.E. Rashed Al Blooshi urged private sector companies to benefit from opportunities provided by UAE India CEPA. H.E. said: “India is amongst the top trade partners of Abu Dhabi and UAE and is one of the largest markets bearing growth opportunities for different sectors. UAE- India CEPA will enhance bilateral trade and open new markets to Abu Dhabi based private sector companies”.
H.E. Al Blooshi further explains, “Abu Dhabi continues to strengthen its position as a regional and global hub for trade, business, and investment. We launched various initiatives to facilitate trade and ensure ease of doing business by reducing costs and requirements, simplifying procedures, and enabling seamless integration of government services”.
The workshop, addressed by foreign trade experts and business leaders, discussed main targeted areas of the agreement, including goods, services, rules of origin/preferential certificate of origin, and safeguard measures.
Dr. Ali Husain Makki, Executive Director of Logistics & Trade Facilitation Sector at ADDED, said; “UAE- India CEPA is a game changer and will increase bilateral trade. Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and trade platforms are capable of meeting the expected increase in trade volumes. Trade facilitation solutions, including the Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform (ATLP), have simplified procedures, reduced time and cost, and will lead to increased trade volumes. New policies for e-commerce, have also attracted new companies, committed investments of AED 3.7 billion and over 3,000 new jobs.”
Dr. Makki continued, “We urge the private sector to take advantage of the ‘Abu Dhabi Export Gateway’, the information platform that which provides marketing opportunities for more than 100 national products spanning 60 markets around the world.