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UK government takes first step toward potential £100 billion India trade deal

International trade secretary Liz Truss and India’s Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal have agreed to deepen trade cooperation between the two countries through an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP).

The meeting set out details of the ETP as part of a long term India-UK partnership, and a potential free trade agreement (FTA).

Truss and Goyal agreed that this partnership would formally be launched during Boris Johnson’s trip to India later this year. The UK-India trade and investment relationship is already worth around £24 billion and supports more than half a million jobs across the UK, providing great building blocks for the future. The ETP and a potential FTA would further strengthen this relationship, with the latter predicted to be worth over £50 billion.

Truss outlined the importance of India as an economic partner and ally, highlighting key industries that will drive recovery, including advanced manufacturing, services, digital and data trade.

Nayan Gala, Founding Partner at venture capitalist firm JPIN VCATS, comments on the importance of a trade deal:
“It’s great to see that the UK and Indian governments have agreed to an enhanced trade partnership. India is a 21st century powerhouse the UK-India trading relationship is already worth almost £24 billion, with 383 Indian companies in the UK employing more than 82,000 people.

The ETP will help to fuel economic recovery in a post-Brexit, post-Covid UK and really allow the UK to benefit from the immense growth India is about to experience in the coming decade. A free trade deal with India could be as high as £50-100 billion and will open the door to 1.3 billion potential customers for UK businesses, and provide opportunities for business improvement, consolidation, foreign expansion and diversification in a rapidly growing market.”