Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement: India and UAE – Today Current Affairs
- Recently, India and UAE have signed a ‘Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)’.
Difference between ‘Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement’ and ‘Free Trade Agreement’:
- A ‘Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement’ (CECA) is a type of ‘Free Trade Pact’, which includes negotiations on trade in services and investment and other areas of economic partnership.
- Under CECA, trade facilitation and negotiations on areas such as customs cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights may also be considered.
- Partnership agreements or cooperation agreements are more comprehensive than Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
- The ‘Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA’) also looks into the regulatory aspect of trade, and includes agreements covering regulatory issues.
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As per CEPA signed between India and UAE: The Hindu Analysis
- 90% of India’s exports will have ‘duty free’ access to UAE.
- This export will include goods, services and digital trade.
The profit: The Hindu Analysis
- This bilateral trade agreement is India’s first in the region and the first ‘Comprehensive Trade Agreement’ with any country in a decade.
- Indian products valued at around $26 billion are likely to benefit from CEPA, a 5% import duty currently levied by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on these products. The UAE is the third largest trading partner of India after the US and China.
- This CEPA is expected to increase bilateral trade from the current $60 billion to $100 billion in the next 5 years.
- Through this agreement, Indian exporters will also get access to wider markets in Arabia and Africa.