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India's Trade With GCC Increasing At Rapid Pace

The Commerce and Trade Ministry has recently announced that India's bilateral trade relations with all the six members of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have increased significantly in the year 2021-22.

India's Trade With GCC Increasing At Rapid Pace
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India's bilateral trade with all the six members of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) group countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, has increased significantly in 2021-22 on account of increasing economic ties between the two regions. According to the commerce ministry, India's exports to the GCC have increased by 58.26 percent to about USD 44 billion in 2021-22 against USD 27.8 billion in 2020-21. The share of these six countries in India's total exports has risen to 10.4 percent in 2021-22 from 9.51 percent in 2020-21.


Similarly, imports rose by 85.8 percent to USD 110.73 billion compared to USD 59.6 billion in 2020-21, the data showed. The share of GCC members in India's total imports rose to 18 percent in 2021-22 from 15.5 percent in 2020-21. Bilateral trade has increased to USD 154.73 billion in 2021-22 from USD  87.4 billion in 2020-21.  These increasing figures assume significance as India is looking at negotiating a free trade agreement with the grouping. The country has already implemented a comprehensive trade pact with the UAE on May 1, with an aim to boost bilateral trade to USD 100 billion in the coming years. 


Mumbai-based exporter and founder chairman of Technocraft Industries India Sharad Kumar Saraf said that the GCC has emerged as a major trading partner for India and huge potential is there for increasing investments also between the two regions. "The trade relation is bound to grow in the coming years. Reasons for the growth include anti-China sentiments, increasing quality of domestic goods, and improvement in international trade. A quantum jump will come when the trade pact will be operationalized properly," Saraf said.


Another industry expert said that the GCC’s substantial oil and gas reserves are of fundamental importance for India's energy needs and India can support in meeting the GCC's food security requirements. 

The GCC was established in May 1981. Its members are Saudi Arabia Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and UAE.

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