Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry to address Asia House conference in Dubai

Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry to address Asia House conference in Dubai


The Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, will give a keynote speech at Asia House’s major conference in Dubai next month.

Since his appointment in 2017, Mr Parbhu has introduced a range of measures focusing on trade promotion, investment promotion, and domestic manufacturing. He has established an Agriculture Export Policy, set up an Investment War Room, and implemented a plan for Make in India 2.0. He has also led on developing a Data Analytics Unit and pushed for greater evidence-informed policy-making.

Mr Prabhu will be speaking at The New Global Trade Order  – a major Asia House conference on the shifting trade architecture held in partnership with DMCC in Dubai on 22 April.

India has strong social and economic ties with the United Arab Emirates, which is home to the world’s largest Indian diaspora. India is the UAE’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade amounting to US$53 billion per year. The value of trade exchanges is expected to reach US$100 billion by 2020.

The two countries have exchanged four high-level visits in the last three years, with the most recent delegation by Prime Minister Modi in February resulting in 14  trade deal signings – including a major agreement that will make India ‘a regional oil storage and trading hub.’

India is therefore a major player in the Middle East, and will continue to be so as it continues to rise alongside other Asian economies.

Mr Prabhu has a strong background in infrastructure leadership, having previously served as Minister for Railways. Under his leadership, India’s railway system enjoyed a transformation into a faster and more responsive network. A complaint resolution mechanism through social media, innovative project financing by leveraging extra budgetary resources, new infrastructure creation and integrating sustainability into the core strategy of the railways were just some of his successes in this role.

As the Minister for Power, he transformed the Indian power sector by introducing the landmark Electricity Act, 2003. He was chosen to Chair the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers. Known for his passion for environment conservation, he also held the position of Minister for Environment and Forests.

A Chartered Accountant with a degree in Law, he is the Lok Sabha MP, currently representing Andhra Pradesh in The Rajya Sabha.

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