Mar 24 2023
India and Russia will host a
mega business meeting here next week amid plans to push bilateral trade to 50
billion US dollars this year, from a record 31 billion US dollars in 2022
following a sharp increase in energy and fertilizer imports by India.
‘Russia-India Business Forum Strategic Partnership for Development and Growth’
will take place on March 29-30 as part of the St. Petersburg International
The main focus of the forum
will be IT, cyber-security, technological sovereignty, smart cities, transport
and logistics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, officials said, adding that the
focal point of the forum will be a plenary session on ‘Technological Alliances
in the Greater Eurasia’.
The trade target for 2025 was
earlier fixed at 30 billion US dollars. But the figure was surpassed in 2022
due to unprecendented India’s oil imports from Russia, and there are
expectations that the figure will touch 50 billion US dollars in 2023.
“The Russia-India cooperation
format is one of the drivers of region-wide efforts to improve the architecture
of inter-state relations in the Asia-Pacific Region. The forum is designed to strengthen business ties between the Russian
and Indian business communities, to support Russian businesses entering the
Indian market…,” said a statement by Anton Kobyakov, adviser to the Russian