India, UAE sign bilateral investment pact during Modi’s visit

  • India and the UAE signed cooperation agreements in electric interconnectivity, digital infrastructure projects and financial connectivity
  • The two countries also signed an agreement to link India’s UPI with the UAE’s AANI instant payments platform

Shashank Mattoo
First Published13 Feb 2024, 08:05 PM IST
Prime minister Narendra Modi being received by UAE president Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. (PTI)
Prime minister Narendra Modi being received by UAE president Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. (PTI)

India and the UAE concluded a bilateral investment agreement and also signed a framework agreement on the India-Middle East Economic Corridor (IMEC) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the UAE. 

Modi met with his counterpart, UAE president Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Tuesday for both one-on-one and delegation-level talks.

The bilateral investment agreement came after the two countries signed their Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2022. The agreement points to deepening economic ties between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, which grew 16% in FY23 to $85 billion. The UAE was also the fourth-largest source of foreign direct investments in India, with investments to the tune of $3.5 billion.

UAE president Al Nahyan visited India in January for the Vibrant Gujarat summit while Modi made a bilateral visit to the UAE last year. Modi also visited Dubai for the CoP 28 conference in December.

“They welcomed deepening of the comprehensive strategic partnership across sectors, including trade and investment, digital infrastructure, fintech, energy, infrastructure, culture and people to people ties. Discussions also covered regional and global issues,” India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The two sides also signed cooperation agreements in electric interconnectivity, digital infrastructure projects and financial connectivity. 

The two countries also signed an agreement to link India’s UPI with the UAE’s AANI instant payments platform. The same was also done for India’s RuPay cards with the UAE’s JAYWAN card, which was based on RuPay’s technology stack.

“An important step in building financial sector cooperation, this will enhance the universal acceptance of RuPay across the UAE,” India’s ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

Infrastructure cooperation was also a part of the talks. India’s Rites Ltd signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Co., while the Gujarat Maritime Board signed a pact with Abu Dhabi Ports Co. to help build port infrastructure.

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First Published:13 Feb 2024, 08:05 PM IST
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