“The Indian government is taking major initiatives that aim to boost India’s food trade, including new laws introduced to empower farmers in India by giving them direct access to the market and self-reliant packages,” said Sharaf.

“Given the current regime of transparency and time bound responses by the Government, the gestation period for projects will surely reduce further.

“We as investors have already started to put into place our business plan,” said Sharaf. “We’re not only providing logistics services, but actually permitting our investments on the ground in India to build multi- modal logistics facilities, including rail depots.”

The Food Corridor Project is the cornerstone of the Arab nations National Strategy for Food Security 2051 – a long-term strategy to enable the fast-growing population of the Arab economic powerhouse access to healthy, safe, nutritious and sufficient food at reasonable prices in all circumstances, including unprecedented crisis.

Abraham Accords

The India-UAE Food Corridor project is seen to be implemented under the umbrella of the Abraham Accords – the recently signed Israel–United Arab Emirates normalization agreement, officially the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel.

When details of the Abraham Accord were announced in August, India became one of the first countries to welcome the deal between the UAE and Israel.

“In a post-Covid, multi-aligned, technology-driven world, the UAE, Israel and India, along with the United States, will likely find that they have more common cause than they might have envisioned just a few months ago,” writes Dr N. Janardhan, senior research fellow for the Gulf-Asia Programme at Emirates Diplomatic Academy.

India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in his book The India Way – Strategies for an Uncertain World, lists the UAE among the five countries that India must concentrate on while conducting its foreign policy.

India and the UAE, have a fast growing relationship. The UAE is central to India’s extended neighbourhood. We see the UAE on the crossroads of international trade. As Singapore is in the East, UAE is in the West.

It is a relationship where the highest leadership of both countries have invested goodwill and energy. As a result, you can see the transformation during the last five years.

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