Dubai, NFAPost: Adding flavour to the global exhibition at Dubai, Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated Government of India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Speaking at the inugural function, Minister Piyush Goyal said India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is geared up to display the spectacular sights and sounds of India’s rich heritage.
“As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India pavallian unveils our plans for the next 75 glorious years! Flag of India. India Pavilion at Expo2020 symbolises the pride, potential & power of Indian citizens living around the globe,” he said.
The India Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai showcases a resurgent India’s march to becoming a $5 Trillion economy in the post-covid world. The Pavilion which is a technology marvel will not only capture the vibrant Indian culture and its past but also the capabilities and opportunities that it presents as a global economic hub to the domestic as well as the foreign investors.
He also said it tells a story of aspiration, serves as a symbol of audacity and invitation to the world. He also reminded that the world can bet on India and those who come and bet will certainly win.
“India is already a leading player in the global markets in IT, pharma and space technology, and with the development of research and innovation capabilities, the country’s prowess in these areas would help reap the benefits of new-age technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics,” said Piyush Goyal.
The Minister also highlighted the fact that pandemic could not stop the momentum of reforms that the Narendra Modi-led government ushered in seven years ago. Here he highlighted the fact that the fiscal and policy measures taken by the government are set to boost the country’s manufacturing and exports’ potential and make India a global economic hub, besides strengthening its capabilities in the technology space.
“The lessons learnt from the pandemic have also emboldened our confidence of surpassing any challenges in the future with the help of our scientific and entrepreneurial research and development capabilities. Whether it is development of pharma and healthcare products or running of the world’s biggest vaccination program banking on the two indigenously-produced vaccines, India has set several examples,” said Piyush Goyal.
The Union Minister also said that a proposed free trade agreement between India and the UAE holds huge potential for both the countries to boost trade and investment and that investors here are “very” positive about doing business in the Indian market.
“I see a huge potential in this (deal) between the two countries. The UAE is a gateway to all of Africa and many other parts of the world. UAE also has a huge Indian diaspora, has a huge market for products like textiles, gems and jewellery, leather, footwear, and food products, which are labour oriented and provide economic opportunities,” he said.
While India-UAE trade has also been impacted by the pandemic, it was valued close to $60 billion in 2019-20 with UAE being India’s third-largest trading partner and being India’s second-largest export destination after the US, with an export value of approximately USD 29 billion in 2019-20. UAE is also the eighth largest investor in India and has invested $11 billion between April 2000 and March 2021.
India Pavilion gives a glimpse of India and lure others to come to India to explore the countless avenues of economic and cultural cooperation. The pavilion has a grand display of the model of the upcoming Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, symbolising India’s unbreakable link with its glorious past.
Piyush Goyal also congratulated the UAE leadership for coming up with a global event like Expo 2020 amid difficult times, Goyal said: “It is happening at a time when India is celebrating 75 years of its independence, and UAE is celebrating the 50th year of its foundation. UAE is one of India’s most valued partners and a close friend. EXPO 2020 will prove to be a landmark in strengthening the relationship between the two countries further,” said the Miister.
Outlining the overarching theme of India’s participation at the six-month Expo 2020 Dubai running up to March 2022, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase resurgent India’s march to becoming a $5 Trillion economy.
“India’s exceptional fightback against COVID-19 and the country’s emergence as a global business hub presenting huge opportunities for the world will be the overarching theme of India’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai,” said B V R Subrahmanyam. He said at Expo 2020 Dubai, the India Pavilion is ready to showcase the face of an India rising on the pillar of sustainability along with opportunity and mobility — a nation ready to lead the world’s future.
The Pavilion will exhibit the country’s cultural diversity, ancient treasures, achievements, and leading opportunities with cutting-edge technologies. One of the largest pavilions at the Expo 2020 Dubai, India Pavilion features an innovative kinetic façade made up of 600 individual colourful blocks. It is developed as a mosaic of rotating panels that will depict different themes as they rotate on their axis. It represents the theme of ‘India on the move’ and is a unique amalgam of the rich heritage and technological advances of the nation.
The entire four-storey structure is divided into two parts. The zones are identified based on 11 primary themes – Climate and Biodiversity, Space, Urban and Rural Development, Tolerance and Inclusivity, Golden Jubilee, Knowledge and Learning, Travel and Connectivity, Global Goals, Health and Wellness, Food Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water.
The India Pavilion will also be hosting and co-creating leadership discussions, international trade conferences, and seminars to explore opportunities to partner with other participating nations. At the India Pavilion, the visitors will also get the chance to witness star-studded nights, multiple cultural shows, Indian festivals celebration and relish the Indian delicacies.
The specially designed logo of India’s participation has been created to give a new holistic global brand experience to India’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai. The logo’s circular form represents unity, commitment and the community which forms the central pillars of India; and signifies continuity and evolving lifecycles in one of the world’s most vibrant democracies and fastest-growing business centres.
The logo design showcases the chakra (wheel), which reflects strength, courage and progressive movement. The colours have been taken from the Indian flag, where Saffron symbolises strength and courage; White indicates peace and truth; and Green represents fertility, growth, and auspiciousness. India’s participation at Expo 2020 will be covered by the India Pavilion’s website (www.indiaexpo2020.com) The website has been specifically designed for Expo 2020 Dubai to provide information to the public and visitors on schedule, events, and activities.