Dubai emerging as gateway for Indian ICT products to Middle East and Africa: ESC India chief

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Dr. Ashraf Mahate, Chief Economist, Trade and Export Development, Dubai Exports, Mr Kamal Vachani, Regional Director, ESC, H.E. Mr Mohammad Al Kamali, Deputy CEO, Dubai Exports, Mr Sandeep Narula, Chairman, ESC and Mr Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC.
Dr. Ashraf Mahate, Chief Economist, Trade and Export Development, Dubai Exports, Mr Kamal Vachani, Regional Director, ESC, H.E. Mr Mohammad Al Kamali, Deputy CEO, Dubai Exports, Mr Sandeep Narula, Chairman, ESC and Mr Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC.

The UAE News report: Dubai, being fast emerging as the Gateway for Indian ICT products to the Middle East and Africa region, an ICT delegation of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) led by its Chairman, Mr Sandeep Narula has called on Mohammad Al Kamali, Deputy CEO of Dubai Exports to discuss the opportunities and areas of further cooperation in the Electronics and IT sector. 

Mr Kamal Vachani, Regional Director and Mr Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director of ESC  have also accompanied the Chairman to meet H.E. Mohammad Al Kamali. The ESC delegation impressed on the visiting dignitary with the faster pace of progress made by India in the ICT sector, thanks to some of the proactive schemes followed by the present dispensation in India.

”His Excellency was very receptive to various suggestions made by us to further strengthen positioning of Dubai as the Gateway for Indian ICT products exports to the Middle East and Africa since Indian ICT products have cost and quality advantages as compared to products being imported from other regions. Also, we could explain how the Indian ICT segment was fast getting integrated to the global supply chains and the increased pace of relocations of global ICT giants to take advantage of the various incentives and facilities being extended by the Government of India” said Mr. Narula.

The Delegation also visited the Dubai Expo, where India is a keen participant to mark the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence.  India Pavilion at Dubai Expo is likely to observe Technology Week during January 2022 and the Council is exploring the possibilities of sponsoring visits of Indian Companies to visit Dubai Expo during this period.

Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC; Mr Kamal Vachani, Regional Director, ESC; Mr. Omar Khan, Director of International Offices, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Mr Sandeep Narula, Chairman, ESC

The other important meeting of the ESC delegation was with Mr. Omar Khan, Director of International Offices, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry which was used to convey to him the swift policy changes that are taking place in India to attract more investments and to empower the Indian ICT segment.

“We have explained to Mr. Omar Khan, how the ICT sector was insulated from the impact of the pandemic in India and the impressive strides being made by the sector, particularly in the segments of e-retailing, financial services, net-banking etc, thanks to the high voltage digitization programs being pursued by the government,” Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC India said.

According to India’s Niti Aayog, the top policy-making apparatus, Indian ICT sector is poised to reach US$ 500 billion by 2025, and a considerable part of this volume will be exported. India’s software exports including IT-enabled services have surged to US$ 150 billion. According to ESC, given proper policy support and by creating a conducive ecosystem, India’s electronics and computer hardware can make considerable headway in the coming years and the cooperation between Indian and UAE shall witness newer heights, mentioned Mr Kamal Vachani, Regional Director of ESC.