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India, Gulf Council Countries to start free trade negotiations on November 24

  • “The FTA will be launched on November 24. GCC officials will be here to launch the talks,” an official said.

  • On November 16, Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, announced that the country would be announcing a new free trade agreement (FTA)

In order to strengthen economic connections between the two regions, India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are scheduled to begin discussions for a free trade deal on November 24. GCC is an association of six Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain.

“The FTA will be launched on November 24. GCC officials will be here to launch the talks,” the official said. A free trade agreement between India and the UAE was already put into effect in May of this year.

On November 16, Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, announced that the country would be announcing a new free trade agreement (FTA). This would be a sort of continuation of the two previous rounds of FTA negotiations between India and the GCC, which took place in 2006 and 2008. The GCC postponed its negotiations with all nations and economic groups, preventing a third round from taking place.

India primarily imports crude oil and natural gas from the Gulf countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and exports to these nations electrical machinery, iron, steel, chemicals, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones, metals, and imitation jewellery.

  • The World Bank reported in November 2021 that India received USD 87 billion in international remittances in 2021. A sizable amount of this comes from the GCC countries.
  • Last fiscal year, Saudi Arabia was India’s fourth-largest trading partner. India imports 8.5 million tonnes of LNG from Qatar each year and exports goods like cereals, meat, fish, chemicals, and plastics

According to figures from the commerce ministry, India’s exports to the GCC increased by 58.26% to around USD 44 billion in 2021–22 compared to USD 27.8 billion in 2020–21.

The overall exports from India to these six nations increased from 9.51 percent in 2020–21 to 10.4 percent in 2021–22. Similarly, imports increased by 85.8% to 110.73 billion USD from 59.6 billion USD in 2020–21, according to the data.

GCC members’ percentage of all imports into India increased from 15.5 percent in 2020–21 to 18 percent in 2021–22. From USD 87.4 billion in 2020–2021 to USD 154.73 billion in 2021–2022 is the increase in bilateral trade.

In addition to trade, the Gulf region is home to a sizable Indian population. Nearly half of the 32 million non-resident Indians (NRIs) are thought to be employed in Gulf States. These NRIs frequently send large sums of money home.

  • According to figures from the commerce ministry, India’s exports to the GCC increased by 58.26% to around USD 44 billion in 2021–22 compared to USD 27.8 billion in 2020–21.
  • The overall exports from India to these six nations increased from 9.51 percent in 2020–21 to 10.4 percent in 2021–22. Similarly, imports increased by 85.8% to 110.73 billion USD from 59.6 billion USD in 2020–21, according to the data

The World Bank reported in November 2021 that India received USD 87 billion in international remittances in 2021. A sizable amount of this comes from the GCC countries.

Last fiscal year, Saudi Arabia was India’s fourth-largest trading partner. India imports 8.5 million tonnes of LNG from Qatar each year and exports goods like cereals, meat, fish, chemicals, and plastics.

In the most recent fiscal year, Kuwait was India’s 27th-largest trading partner, while the UAE was its third-largest trading partner in 2021–2022.

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