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October 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
India will remain a top five trading corridor for the UAE,
Saudi Arabia, according to HSBC's latest Trade Forecast report. By 2030, the country will be the UAE's top export destination accounting for 14% of exports, and
Saudi Arabia's second largest export destination accounting for 18.5% of exports.
India is already
Egypt's number one export destination and will maintain that position through to 2030, accounting for 15.4% of exports.
Speaking at HSBC's MENA - India Conference held today,
Tim Reid, Regional Head of Commercial Bankingof HSBC Middle East and North Africa said: "
India and the MENA nations have been trading for many centuries and the opportunities certainly remain strong today. It's no surprise that
India is a top five trading partner with each nation in the MENA group. With its huge population, rapidly growing middle class and capabilities in industrial and post-industrial sectors,
India is a market with considerable potential.
"The prospect of Expo 2020 in
Dubai and other infrastructure projects in the region offer excellent opportunities for MENA businesses to bring the chance to benefit from
India's know-how into the region with new partnerships. India's strength in industrial and information technology can also help MENA businesses support the region's political programme of economic diversification."
The Trade Forecast predicts that globally by 2020,
India will overtake the
import the highest share of goods for infrastructure as it invests in building its domestic networks. According to
India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry earlier this year, the country requires approximately
US$1 trillion worth of infrastructure investment by 2018.
Trade between the UAE and
In the UAE, as the country continues to diversify away from mineral manufactures and invest heavily in its infrastructure; growth in imports of goods for infrastructure and investment equipment from
India will significantly outstrip growth in other imports during 2013-30. The UAE also pledged
US$2 billion of investments in Indian infrastructure earlier this year.
The UAE is
India's largest export market, accounting for just over 10% of total merchandise exports. The UAE is forecast to maintain this preeminent position out to 2030 due to robust demand growth. Important Indian exports to the UAE include gems and jewelry; electronic goods, fabrics, machinery and equipment.
India also uses the UAE as a gateway to other markets in the region, with many Indian exports transshipped from the UAE onto other countries in the Gulf,
South-East Asia and
Saudi Arabia and
In 2012, approximately 25% of Saudi Arabian exports to
India were oil & gas. Diversification means that the biggest growth in exports to
India will be in chemicals, which will account for over 80% of total exports from
Saudi Arabia to
India between 2013 and 2030. There will also be strong growth in exports of infrastructure goods as
India focuses on increasing its infrastructure spending and boosting growth potential, as seen in its latest Economic Plan.
India's exports to
Saudi Arabia were just 2.9% of total exports in 2012. This share is expected to increase to 4% by 2030, ranking it
India's fourth largest export destination. The main contributors to this increase will be in the sectors of manufacturing, machinery and transport, and chemicals.
Saudi Arabia's commitment to industrialisation and diversification will also offer opportunities to Indian investors.
Egypt's second biggest export market after the
USA with 9% of all exports in 2012.
Egypt's less developed economy and industrial base means it has less scope to benefit from
India's fast-growing economy and demand for a rapid modernisation in its infrastructure. Nevertheless, investment equipment exports to
India are forecast to grow at a double-digit annual rate in the years to 2030. Fastest-growing export sectors will be manufactures, chemicals and mineral fuels, which together will account for some 85% of the increase in exports from
India between 2013 and 2030.
India will represent one of the fastest growing import sources for
Egypt between 2013 and 2030. The biggest contributors to the increase will be machinery & transport equipment and manufactures, together accounting for over 70% of this increase.
India's strengthening economy will also drive double-digit annual growth in its exports of infrastructure goods to
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