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UAE’s ADIA Plans $4-5 Billion Investment in India via GIFT City

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the largest sovereign wealth fund in the UAE, is establishing a substantial investment fund totaling $4-5 billion through India’s Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), situated in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

In-Principle Approval and Regulatory Authority

  • The regulatory authority overseeing financial services at GIFT City has granted in-principle approval to ADIA for setting up the fund.
  • This development marks the first instance of a sovereign wealth fund initiating investments in India via GIFT City.

Announcement and Prior Reporting

  • While ADIA’s intent to establish a presence in the hub was initially announced in a joint statement by India and the UAE last July, the specific investment amount and regulatory approval were not previously disclosed.

Upcoming Investments and Timeframe

  • ADIA could commence investments through the fund by the middle of this year.
  • The allocated funds will be gradually deployed into Indian markets over an extended period.

Significance of Partnership and Economic Context

  • Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit to Abu Dhabi underscores the strengthening ties between India and the UAE.
  • Bilateral trade between India and the UAE reached $85 billion for the financial year ending March 2023.
  • The substantial Indian diaspora in the UAE, constituting nearly 35% of the total population, contributes to the robust relationship between the two nations.

 

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