Union Minister Piyush Goyal to embark on a two-day visit to UAE from today

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Commerce, Industry and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will embark on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Saturday, to attend the meeting of 7th India-UAE High-Level Task Force on Investment.

“The meeting will see wide-ranging discussions on priority sectors of engagement for channelling investments between the two countries,” the statement said.

The meeting proposes to deliberate in eight identified sectors where the Indian Commerce and Industry Minister will proactively seek FDI investment from UAE into India. The sectors are petroleum and natural gas, food processing, civil aviation, railways, renewable energy, infrastructure, shipping and construction, it said.

The meeting will be co-chaired by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Sheikh Hamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, it added.

The Task Force was established in May 2012 to address issues associated with existing investments between India and UAE. It is an institutional arrangement to discuss ways for increasing investments and deliberating on opportunities for cooperation and investment in both the countries. The Task Force has made significant strides in reinforcing and deepening economic cooperation between India and UAE.

Over the years, Task Force has emerged as an effective platform for promoting, facilitating and expanding investments between the two countries and for addressing key constraints that companies form either side may face.

During his visit to UAE Commerce and Industry Minister will also unveil the design of the India pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Piyush Goyal will also visit the India pavilion construction site.

Piyush Goyal will review the preparations underway by the Department of Commerce and other stakeholders for the construction of the India Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020 which will take place for six months beginning October 20, 2020 up to April 21, 2021.

The India Pavilion will be a permanent structure being constructed in the ‘Opportunity’ segment. The building will embody India’s worship of nature and will be environment friendly. It will also showcase the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi being celebrated this year.

Twenty-seven focus sectors have been identified to showcase India’s advances in space, pharmaceuticals, information technology, renewable energy and telecom sectors and also India’s strength in innovation and start-ups.

India and World Expo 2020 signed participants contract on April 10, 2018 for India’s pavilion in the prestigious World Expo held once in five years. The contract provided for the setting up of India Pavilion on an extra-large plot (about one acre). This is in tune with the opportunity for economic activity that India provides on its path to becoming a USD five trillion economy by 2025. FICCI has been tasked with helping the Government of India to prepare for Indian presence at the Expo.