New Delhi, India, Jan 2 : The Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) applauds the appointment of Mohammed Haris Kalandan of Karnataka to the Global Arab Network on Wednesday by consensus of the member countries. Saad Al Dabbagh, Chairman at the head office in Doha, Qatar, with a strong presence in India, appointed him. “India-UAE relations are experiencing unprecedented momentum, with a large number of opportunities for cooperation and increasing investments in key sectors such as infrastructure and technology,” said Haris, who is looking forward to his new role in promoting trade relations between India and the Arab world, particularly the United Arab Emirates.
“In the trade world, there is no one quite like Haris from Mukka Exports. He is brilliant, hard-working, and devoted to getting the trade right. He’s been a devoted entrepreneur for nearly two decades in the fishing and sea food business, advancing the prosperity of India’s trade narrative. “Through his work on various trade agreements, he has opened the doors for Indian businessmen to deliver goods and services in the UAE, strengthening our economy and securing our leadership abroad,” said Dr Krishnakumar IAS, former defense and agriculture minister in the Government of India. “While I warmly welcome Haris to the board as the Trade Commissioner, his experience and commitment to excellence will be a major asset for the Global Trade bodies, especially between India and the Arab nations. “Congratulations and best wishes in her new role as Trade Commissioner,” said Saad Al Dabagh in Qatar.
He would help UAE exporters who now have better market access due to preferential tariff rates. Some products will have zero tariffs from the start, while others will see their tariffs gradually reduced. The CEPA, which was signed earlier this year, is expected to boost bilateral trade in goods to more than $100 billion and trade in services to more than $15 billion in five years.
The Arab world regards it as extremely significant that the Trade Commissioner from India is inaugurated as the head of the trade commission in the international organization that embodies diversity, with many members from developing countries, in light of maintaining and reinforcing the multilateral trading system.
AACC hopes that the Trade Commissioner will address the plethora of challenges confronting the India-UAE Free Trade Agreement through cooperation with the Members by demonstrating his deep expertise and experiences, his calibre of coordination with major countries, as well as his managerial ability to run multilateral institutions, which he has previously cultivated in his distinguished capacities in leadership roles and as a founder and promoter of Mukka Sea Food Industries Limi. He has worked in various verticals with strategic assignments across companies.
He is the Managing Director of Mukka Sea Food Exports Limited, and his experience in developing new businesses and forging international relationships with the Arab World qualified him for the position of Trade Commissioner for the United Arab Emirates. As a co-founder of SHIPWAVES, he was in charge of creating the next general digital platform for global trade by streamlining the supply chain with cloud, AI, and blockchain technologies. He also established India’s first steam-sterilized fish meal plant, with plans to expand to eight plants around the world. Mukka Group today has a yearly revenue of over INR 600 crores (Dhs 300 million) and is one of Asia’s fastest-growing companies.
“Haris is a great choice for one of the new Trade Commissioner as he joins the AACC to usher in a new era with more Indian leadership than ever before,” said Tribhuvan Darbari the Vice President of the board.
I look forward to working with him and the Director General to resolve the Committee’s long-standing concerns with free trade agreements, as he has skillfully negotiated trade deals and crafted our nation’s trade policy while gaining a sophisticated understanding of the opportunities available and the challenges facing the Indian market, which is expected to be worth $5 trillion in the short term. I also look forward to addressing issues that have not always been prioritized, particularly climate change, labor, and economic empowerment of small and medium-sized businesses. I wish him the very best in this new endeavor and thank him for his commitment to public service.” he said.
India and the UAE have excellent bilateral relations that are deeply rooted and historical, supported and nurtured by close cultural and civilizational affinities, frequent high-level political interactions, and vibrant people-to-people linkages, and serve as the cornerstone of the multifaceted bilateral relations.
Source : theprint