Saudi Arabia sees ‘huge potential’ for trade with India
By Tousif Khan - Wed Jan 04, 4:48 pm
NEW DELHI: Against economic troubles in Europe and uncertainty in the US, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said it sees “huge potential” for stepping up commercial engagement with India.
However, Saudi Arabia which is home to two million Indian workforce, asked the Indian government to relax visa rules to boost bilateral trade and investment. “We are eager to do more trade with India. Huge potential is present in both the nations as both are emerging economies,” Saudi Arabia commerce and industry minister Tawfeeq Bin Fouzan Al Rabea said at a Ficci meeting here.
Al Rabea, who is leading a 35-member business delegation, said there are opportunities for bilateral engagement in sectors like infrastructure, IT and education.
With economic troubles affecting the entire Eurozone and the US economy giving uncertain indications, Saudi businesses are looking at India as an alternative investment and trade option, industry officials said.
Al Rabea urged the Indian government to liberalise visa norms for its people. “… what I heard from some of our colleagues that they get only one month with single entry visa (from Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia). So, I think, we need to do something here and there, to make sure we facilitate the movement of people between the two countries,” Al Rabea said.