India-Bahrain trade & investment opportunities in Engineering & F&B Tech
Trade Promotion Council of India organised a webinar on Trade & Investment Opportunities between India & Bahrain in collaboration with the Embassy of India in Bahrain on September 29. The webinar focused primarily on bilateral trade and investment potential for Indian and Bahraini companies in engineering goods and F&B technology.
India-Bahrain relations have been traditionally strong and cordial, on the bedrock of positive political, economic and cultural exchanges. They also have a high degree of convergence on global issues. Bahrain has over 1.2 million residents that also include around 350,000 Indians, which is a major factor fuelling mutual understanding and people-to-people exchanges.
India’s exports to Bahrain were recorded at US$ 457 million in 2020, as compared to US$ 720.45 million in 2018 and US$ 607.95 million in 2019, according to ITC Trade Map. Imports, on the other hand, stood at US$ 492.85 million in 2020, compared to US$ 587.03 million in 2018 and US$ 386.13 million in 2019. From India’s perspective, the major categories of export include machinery (HS 84), plastics (HS 39), cereals (HS 10), mineral fuels (HS 27), meat products (HS 02), electrical machinery (HS 85), iron or steel (HS 73) and vehicles (HS 87).
India’s total capital investment into Bahrain between January 2003 & March 2018 has been estimated at approximately US$ 1.69 billion. Financial Services account for around 40 % of total projects, followed by real estate and hospitality sector. Bahrain’s investments into India stood at US$ 181.57 million from April 2000 to June 2021.
Following were the esteemed panelists at the session:
• H.E. Shri Piyush Srivastava, Ambassador of India to Bahrain
• Mr. Abdul Rahman Juma, Chairman of Bahrain India Society & Chairman of UNEECO Group
• CA P S Balasubramanyam, Vice Chairman – Bahrain India Society & MD, Assure Group
• Ebrahim Mohamed Ali Zainal, Chairman of Trafco Group
• Fareed Bader, Chairman & Managing Director, Bader Group of Companies and Chairman of Industrial committee at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
• Sanjay Grover, VP – International Business Division, Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited and Vice Chairman, Sectoral Committee on Food Processing and Packaging Technology, TPCI
• Deodutta Despandey, Strategic Business Unit Head – Thermax and Hon. Member, Sectoral Committee on Food Processing and Packaging Technology, TPCI
• Ashok Sethi, Director, Trade Promotion Council of India
The session was moderated by Virat Bahri, Deputy Director-Media & Corporate Communications, Trade Promotion Council of India.
During the session, the panelists from Bahrain enlightened the audience on the business environment in the country, major focus sectors within manufacturing and F&B where Indian companies could explore opportunities and also the changing focus of Bahrain, which is more keen on attracting investments as opposed to purely trading relationships.
On the other hand, the panelists from India talked about trends in the Indian industry and the solutions that Indian companies can provide to Bahrain in the latter’s areas of interest, including petrochemical, aluminium and steel downstream and waste management.