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New Delhi [India], January 13 (ANI): After India and the UK launched formal negotiations for the free trade agreement on Thursday, Union Minister of Commerce and Trade Piyush Goyal said that the agreement will expand cooperation in tourism, technology, startups, education, climate change, etc.

"The terms of reference of the free trade agreement have been finalised and formally endorsed by both countries and therefore, we are launching formal negotiations for the free trade agreement," said Goyal while addressing a press conference with UK Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Both countries "will be proactively and regularly engaging with each other deliberating on different aspects of our relationship and fast-tracking the interim agreement or an early-harvest agreement where we hope to capture the low hanging fruits, which will provide opportunities for businesses on both sides and UK and India and help us substantially, enhancing the volume of trade in goods and services," he added.

Goyal also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson in May 2021 had announced the India-UK trade partnership setting an ambitious target to double bilateral trade by 2030. "We are looking forward to a very multidimensional economic partnership between the two countries particularly when we both share vibrant democracies, we share the rich history and traditional cultural ties over centuries," he said.

The two leaders had agreed on negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement including consideration of an interim Trade agreement to deliver early gains.

Emphasising that India and the UK are two dynamic leading economies of the world, Goyal said that the two countries are coming together to embark on the next phase moving from the enhanced trade partnership which was "launched by the two Prime Ministers in May last year to expand it to a full-fledged discussion on a free trade agreement, on comprehensive strategic partnership is truly a very very important milestone in our engagements between the two countries".

The agreement aims to create huge benefits for both countries and could boost our total trade by up to euro 28 billion a year by 2035 and increase wages by up to euro 3 billion across the UK, according to the UK Department for International Trade.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister for Commerce and Trade Piyush Goyal met UK Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan for the launch of India-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiations here on Thursday. "Met with UK Secretary of State for International Trade @AnnieTrev for the launch of India-UK Free Trade Agreement Negotiations," said Goyal in a tweet on Thursday."Deliberations will be held over an array of trade opportunities of mutual interest benef. (ANI)

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