Published on: May 2, 2022


INDIA-UAE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT NEWS : India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) enters into force

Medicine Hat WHAT IS CEPA

  • Kind of free trade pact 
  • Covers negotiation on the trade in services and investment, and other areas of economic partnership
  • May even consider negotiation on areas such as trade facilitation and customs cooperation, competition, and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Partnership agreements or cooperation agreements are more comprehensive than Free Trade Agreements
  • Looks into the regulatory aspect of trade and encompasses an agreement covering the regulatory issues.


  • The CEPA is likely to benefit about $26 billion worth of Indian products that are currently subjected to 5% import duty by the UAE, India’s third-biggest trading partner behind the US and China.
  • It is expected that the CEPA will lead to an increase in bilateral trade from the current $60 bn to $100 bn in the next 5 years.
  • Through the pact, Indian exporters will also get access to the much larger Arab and African markets


  • Trade:From USD 180 million per annum in the 1970s, India-UAE bilateral trade has steadily increased to USD 60 billion in FY 2019-20 making the UAE, India’s third-largest trading partner.
  • Investments:The UAE is also the eighth largest investor in India with an estimated investment of USD 18 billion.