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The Embassy - Press Releases - An interactive Session on 'The UAE-India Bridge'
Press Releases
An Interactive Session on
'The UAE-India Bridge'
Dubai - India's Gateway to the World
New Delhi | January 23, 2020

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized an Interactive Session on ‘The UAE – India Bridge’, a joint initiative of DP World and JAFZA aimed at attracting Indian trade and investments to its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone by offering end-to-end solutions to companies and entrepreneurs.

H.E. Dr. Ahmed A.R. AlBanna, UAE Ambassador to India, delivered the keynote address at the session. He was accompanied by Ms. Haya AlAli, Third Secretary (Economic Affairs) at the Embassy.

The other panellists included Mr. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World - UAE Region; Mr. Raveen Guliani, Head – Business Intelligence, DP World - UAE Region, and Mr. Jyoti Prakash Gadia, Co-Chair, CII Regional Committee on SME & Convenor- Panel on SME Delhi & Managing Director- Resurgent India Ltd, along with Mr. Haridas Pantheeradi, Director - Gulf, Middle East & North Africa, CII.

The event saw the presence of over 100 members of the CII from their Delhi and North India Chapter.

H.E. Dr. Ahmed AlBanna, in his key note remarks highlighted the various aspects of the multifaceted partnership between the UAE and India. He articulated on how the bilateral partnership between UAE and India has evolved over the years and has reached a strategic level. “Traditionally a close partnership defined by trade in spices and pearls, has transpired into one of the defining partnerships of all times. Today, more than 3 million Indians call UAE as their second home”, he added.

Economic ties have been a cornerstone of our exemplary ties. The bilateral trade from its nascent level of US$ 180 million in the 1970’s to its current level of US$ 60 billion in 2018-19, has come a long way. “The UAE is India’s third largest trade partner, after US and China, while India is UAE’s second largest trade partner after China. UAE is also the 10th largest investor in India,” added the Ambassador.

DP World is one of the largest investors in India, and initiatives such as the “UAE – India Bridge’, is a testimony of our valued partnership. “UAE is India’s natural preferred trade partner, due to its traditionally close ties, people to people links, geographical proximity and the conducive business environment it offers”, the Ambassador added.

For his part, Mr. Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World - UAE Region, gave a brief overview about the initiative. The initiative is an integrated service offering from DP World UAE and India to enhance trade flows, enable profitable investments and optimize global supply chain.

DP World is a global trade enabler and JAFZA is the region’s largest port-centric free zone and an integrated industrial, trade and logistics hub. They offer comprehensive and seamless end – to – end solutions for all industries, from light industrial to heavy manufacturing. “Currently, JAFZA alone handles 30 % of the total bilateral trade between the UAE and India in terms of volumes”, he added.

His remarks were followed by an exhaustive presentation which gave a detailed description of their unique offerings and integrated business solutions.

The session was exceedingly interactive and well received by the audience.   
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