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India to purchase 2,000 commercial aircraft in next decade: Piyush Goyal

Goyal mentioned that the Indian economy is stable. India is used to double-digit inflation and now we are 6 - 6.5%. from double-digit.

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New Delhi/Paris: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said that India is looking to buy 2,000 Commercial Aircraft in the next 10 years and there is a huge opportunity to make commercial aircraft in India to meet domestic and International demand.

He said this during his meeting with French Minister for Foreign Trade Olivier Becht in Paris on Tuesday.

Goyal mentioned that the Indian economy is stable. India is used to double-digit inflation and now we are 6 – 6.5%. from double-digit. He shared that this year growth has been at 6.8% of GDP and a growth of 13% at nominal rates.

Goyal also said that bilateral Trade has been growing and much more can be done. With the purchase of Rafale and the recent Airbus order for 250 aircraft by Tata Sons, more value has been added to this partnership.

Becht mentioned that bilateral trade was USD 15.1 billion in 2021-22, doubled in the last decade; FDI has been USD 10 billion from France which has been a top foreign investor in India. There is a will from French companies to invest in India, he added, according to a statement.

Indian companies are increasing investment in France and at the moment around 300 million Euro is invested, the French Minister said.

Goyal highlighted that through breaking language barriers trade can further be expanded. The Ministers discussed priority areas related to the India – EU FTA negotiations where issues related to Market Access were deliberated.

The Ministers also discussed mutual topics of interest at the World Trade Organisation.

Becht further dwelt on direct investments of French companies in India and shared that there is mutual opportunity in infrastructure, renewable energy and mobility. He highlighted that France has supported Public Projects in Kochi, Nagpur and Ahmedabad.

Goyal invited Becht to India along with the French community at the sidelines of the G20 Trade Ministers meet in August, 2023.

Minister Becht highlighted that France has had the lowest inflation rate of 5.2% in the Euro Zone, which is half of the average of other EU countries; the unemployment stood at 7% and GDP growth in 2022 finished at 2.6%; expected growth is 0.6-1% for this year, the statement added.

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