Krishna to co-chair India-UAE economic meet

Dubai: Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna is visiting the UAE on a three-day visit from tomorrow during which he will co-chair the 10th session of the India- UAE Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation, officials said. Krishna will be leading a 20?member delegation, consisting of senior officials from a large number of Ministries of Government of India from April 14 to 16. The UAE delegation will be led by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister of the UAE.

The last session of the Joint Commission was held in 2007 in New Delhi. Indian embassy in the UAE said the meeting will discuss the existing issues pertaining to trade and investment and cooperation in diverse areas such as trade, investments, energy, agriculture, civil aviation, consular, security, education, community welfare etc.

"It will discuss measures to impart further momentum to India-UAE relations which are rooted in history and age old economic, social and cultural exchanges. A Memorandum of Understanding on setting up of Joint Committee for Consular Affairs and a Protocol to amend the India-UAE Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement are among the agreements which are likely to be signed during the Joint Commission meeting," the embassy said.

India`s ambassador to the UAE, M K Lokesh said this is going to be a significant exercise for which both sides have been making extensive preparations. "The talks will be led by the foreign minister but senior officials of other ministries such as commerce and petroleum will also be present," Lokesh told PTI. The Minister of External Affairs will also interact with the UAE leaders during the visit.

On Sunday, he will attend a reception, hosted in his honor by the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, where he will have the opportunity to interact with a cross-section of the Indian expatriate community. The meeting is being held weeks after India and UAE signed a bilateral agreement on Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.