Many Countries Want To Start Rupee Trade With India In “Game-Changing” De-Dollarisation Step

Many Countries Want To Start Rupee Trade With India In “Game-Changing” De-Dollarisation Step

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Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

On Monday, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said that many large and small economies around the world have expressed willingness to start trading in rupee terms with India, which could be a “game-changing” development for India’s trade. This is another important step taken towards de-dollarisation and would better protect India’s economy in case of any future US-led sanctions.

India’s Union Minister said some of the countries that have expressed willingness to start trading in rupees include neighbouring Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as Gulf countries.

“At some point, more and more developed countries and countries in the Far East will also join the bandwagon,” he said, adding that “more and more countries are realising the advantages of trading in their own domestic currencies and a shift towards direct transactions between local currencies is gaining traction.”

He said that more and more countries are realising the benefits of trading in their domestic currencies, and there is a growing shift towards direct transactions between local currencies.

“Gradually, the conscience is setting in that rather than converting all the transactions into a third currency, both ways add significantly to transaction costs,” the minister said.

It is recalled that the United Arab Emirates was the first to accept payment in rupees for crude oil.

“We started with the UAE. The UAE was one of the first countries to accept this. It’s now picking up traction. We get a lot of countries who come and talk to us that they would like to also initiate direct transactions between the local currency and the rupee,” Goyal said.

India has already started trading in rupees with neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan. Additionally, the rupee has been included in Sri Lanka’s list of designated foreign currencies to facilitate trade. Changes have been made in the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) to support the use of the rupee in international trade with the aim of establishing the rupee as a global currency.

Using rupees and other local currencies is especially important in maintaining longstanding New Delhi-Moscow ties in the face of US sanctions against the Eurasian country.

Trade turnover between India and Russia increased in 2023 to a record $64 billion, with India’s imports of Russian products increasing by 1.8 times to $60.1 billion and exports of Indian goods increasing by 1.4 times to $4 billion. Russia is now the second-largest supplier of goods to India, trailing only China, and Russia has also overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s fourth-largest trading partner.

Although the United States remained India’s main trading partner last year, by the end of the year, the trade volume between the two countries declined by 9% to $119 billion. This is followed by trade volume with China at $116 billion, which declined by 2%, and trade volume with the United Arab Emirates at $78 billion, which declined by 7%.

Meanwhile, according to Arun Garodia, Chairman of the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC), a body of over 12,000 small engineering goods exporters, during the current fiscal year ending in March, Indian exporters are expected to receive over a billion dollars’ worth of payments in rupees from Russia.

“Exporters are happy that they are receiving payments in rupees for exports to Russia,” he said.

Indian commerce ministry data showed that the South Asian country’s total exports to Russia rose 46.2% to $2.7 billion in the first eight months of fiscal year 2023/24, ending in March, while imports rose 54.8% to $40.5 billion during the same period. This growth in trade would not have been possible if India had not taken active steps in de-dollarisation by advancing trade in rupees and other currencies.

Following the launch of the special military operation against Ukraine, Russia was banned from using the SWIFT financial messaging system and, therefore, the US dollar to settle payments. Although this was supposed to create difficulties in India-Russia trade, India overtook Europe as the main buyer of offshore oil from Russia in 2022 and began buying Russian oil for UAE dirhams and rubles.

By imposing such measures against Russia, Washington accelerated de-dollarisation as it forced large economies like India to pursue what Indian foreign minister EAM Jaishankar terms “strategic autonomy.” India and other countries like Brazil did not end their relations with Russia just for the sake of the US, and Western sanctions only forced such countries to find ulterior methods and thus accelerate the de-dollarisation process.

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Lisa

title doesn’t match content, which many countries, just uae?

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Dstroj

are u from fkn denmark? try rereading the article 20 times to get a clue.

at least ten countries are mentioned, clown…

Lisa

modi like you stinks

Dstroj

“modi like you stinks”

so does ur tri gender arse, that’s why ur ma n pa love the dog more than u…

jens holm

thats right. russia and them can sell oil to each other. uae most likely has lack of baluga.

modi is in permanent problems. im sure arabs dont like mere more by avoiding to take in muslims even its symbolic

Shaman

moron tranny holm—india has halved poverty by half in only 20 years–modi 80% approval…duncemark an amerikan colony…where jens homo worships money

jens holm

when i am sure i am always wrong

hoho

it is india wishful thinking only. they don’t want to pay for oil in yuan because of their bad relations with china. but nobody cares. yuan or usd or eur. nothing else is accepted.

jens holm

false–russia only accepts rubles from hostile nations like amerika where they pay billions for uranium fertilizer rocket engines etc each year…some brics nations including russia now accept use dirham reject dollars

jens holm

russia has nothing to offer apart from minerals – oil.

india has given up being their own. by that they import more and more modern solation incl high tech. russia is simple not there.

and the rupies?? they has some -$267.07 billion is losses every year in trade.

the only one big enough might be china.

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Ryan Lowe

in your pedo dreams you are correct. not in reality.

Shaman

stupid homosexual holm—2023—russia graduated 2.4 scientists engineers for each 1 in amerika…in dumbmark 25% adults university graduate in russia 63%—retired toilet scrubber inferior disgusting

Shaman

from a moron with zero education insecure nazi homo jens—india economy now larger than uk—dumpmark a american colony where peasant no morality worship money

hoho

if i’m not mistaken, mr. modi deleted savings in cash for his own people in 2016. he erased 86 percent of the money and called it “fight against tax evaders”. only a complete idiot would trade in indian printed papers called rupee. i understand that india hate china but there is not better brics currency then yuan. india is a bit sh*thole country and everybody knows that. they deleted rupee currency once, they can do something similar in the future .

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BunkerDwellers

wake me up when they bring out the brics currency. when that happens, it will matter. right now they still have their funny money printing press to set the market to whatever they want, including currency crosses and faking a strong dollar.

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Shaman

russia exports vehicle weapons to more than 40 nations, also tech, wheat diesel fertilizer enriched uranium etc…russia building advanced nuclear power in 12 nations…in denmark they produce lego—in amerika obesity

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Masterbaiter

i think this is a good idea countries should trade in their own currencies instead of using some foreign coin like the dollar which isn’t backed by anything.

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Shaman

the amusing nazi senile holm has become like beloved pet rat at south front—pitiful insecure farcical…please feed the rat so she will return often

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donald trump

we trade in burgers–nation 404 dumbmark parasitic worms corrupt irrelevant will zimbabwe colony

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