India-Russia trade target of 30 billion dollars is achievable: CII


India-Russia trade target of 30 billion dollars is achievable: CII

The President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sumit Mazumder, said the body is convinced that India and Russia can achieve 30 billion dollars in the bilateral trade by 2025 as targeted.

The CII will be organizing a CEOs delegation representing leading Indian businesses at SPIEF and at the India Russia business roundtable.

The business delegation will be led by Mazumder and the members will also participate in the B20 Turkey Regional Consultation Forum. An India Reception will also be organized coinciding with SPIEF.

"CII is convinced that India and Russia can achieve 30 billion dollars in bilateral trade by 2025 as targeted. The Druzhba-Dosti joint statement of President Putin and Prime Minister Modi in December 2014 sets the stage for expansion of the bilateral economic engagement in many dimensions, including trade, investment, defence, and energy," Mazumder said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge), Nirmala Sitharaman, will lead the Indian delegation for the prestigious St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2015 to be held at St. Petersburg in Russia on June 18-20, 2015.

She will be addressing the Russia-India business roundtable which will also be addressed by Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Alexey Ulyukaev.

India-Russia trade waned to 9.5 billion dollars in 2014 with Indian exports at 3.2 billion dollars and imports from Russia at 6.3 billion dollars, as per data from the Russian Customs. According to CII, this level is not commensurate with the size of the two economies.

Investments in both directions have been robust. India has invested a cumulative 8 billion dollars in Russia, primarily in energy, while Russia has brought in 4 billion dollars into India.

"CII has identified the sectors of oil and gas, nuclear energy, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotives, heavy engineering and machinery as areas of synergy. "Russian capabilities in infrastructure are well-respected, and we would like Russian companies to participate in the Indian tender system for public-private partnerships," said Director General of CII, Chandrajit Banerjee.

"However, we need to address issues of information gaps through the India-Russia business roundtable," he added.

CII has co-hosted the India-Russia business roundtable with its Russian partner, Business Council for Cooperation with India (BCCI) since 2009 when it was first held.

The forum has emerged as an excellent platform for bringing together Indian and Russian government leaders with business. Cooperation between the private sectors of the two sides is sought to be enhanced to expand economic relations.


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