KOTRA Current Affairs - 2019
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Gujarat signs MoU with Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency to strengthen trade, industrial relations
Gujarat Government’s Industries and Mines Department has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to strengthen trade, industrial relations. KOTRA is national trade and investment promotion organisation operated by South Korea Government.
The MoU was signed with aim to recognize mutual desire to further enhance and strengthen India (Gujarat) and South Korea trade and industrial investment relations and encourage ongoing dialogue and cooperation. Under this MoU, both Industries Department of Gujarat and KOTRA will assist each other to provide in-market support.
The priority sectors in focus under this MoU are chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceuticals; new and renewable energy; start-up ecosystem; textiles and apparels; urban infrastructure; Food Processing and Agro related industries; Skill Training and Development; Automobile, etc.
Gujarat is a leading destination for foreign investment and bilateral trade. It is a key contributor to India-South Korea economic relationship. Gujarat’s export to South Korea was around $1 Billion in 2017-18, which is approximately 25% of India’s total export to South Korea. In recent past, South Korean companies in the field of manufacturing, textiles and chemicals have also expressed interest in investing in Gujarat.