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India, Africa trade can grow 3-fold to $150 bn in 5 yrs: Chaudhary

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today expressed hope that its two-way trade with would reach USD billion in the next five years, from USD 52 billion currently.

of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said the current level of trade is widely seen as way below the potential.

He asked the African region to properly utilise the Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) scheme to boost trade between the two regions.

Under the scheme, import of almost all products from least developed countries (LDCs) to attract lower or zero duties.

"I am confident that India-bilateral trade can touch USD billion in the next five years. To begin with, trade can increase sharply if African LDCs can optimise use of the facility of DFTP," the said at the CII-Conclave here.

He said that African exports can be enhanced through value addition and targeted promotion strategies.

The also said that huge investment potential exists in African region in areas such as infrastructure, energy, IT and agriculture.

Commerce called upon African businesses for greater utilisation of the scheme to promote trade.

She said that EXIM (export-import) has approved about 167 lines of credit worth USD 10 billion of projects to 40 African countries as of February this year.

The secretary, however, made a case for creating an enabling policy framework for fast implementation of projects.

Seeking Indian investments, said there are huge opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, and

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First Published: Tue, March 27 2018. 16:10 IST