Sheikha Lubna, Kerala CM discuss ties
Kochi, February 10, 2010
UAE Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the UAE and India, during a meeting with VS Achuthanandan, Chief Minister of the South Indian state of Kerala.
The two parties reviewed ways to encourage the business communities of the UAE and Kerala to further develop commercial and investment ties, specifically by leveraging economic and investment potentials to create joint business interests.
They commended the exemplary level of bilateral relations between their two countries, particularly in commerce.
Sheikha Lubna underlined the UAE’s commitment to further developing commercial exchange and joint co-operation with India, noting that India’s foreign trade with the Emirates reached $32.1 billion.
This represented 15 per cent of the UAE’s total foreign trade in 2008 making India the Emirates’ top foreign trade partner, she said.
The figure, the UAE minister pointed out, was an impressive 56 per cent increase from the 2007 trade volume.
Sheikha Lubna also identified investment opportunities in various fields and explained that the continued growth of both countries will provide significant opportunities for enhancing commercial and economic relations in line with global developments.
During the visit, the UAE Minister called upon Indian companies to take advantage of the Emirates’ business-friendly environment including its strategic location; world-class facilities such as ports with high-level operational capabilities; and competitive services.
These, she said, promote smooth trade between India and the UAE and with the world.
Achuthanandan expressed the commitment of Kerala and the whole of India to enhancing inter-governmental and business communications in order to identify and pursue trade and investment prospects.
He said that both sides showed great potential and should thus focus on broadening mutual co-operation.
The meeting was attended by Mohamed Sultan Abdalla Al Owais, the UAE Ambassador to India, and Youssef Ali Abdul Kader, board member of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.-TradeArabia News Service