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Launch of Access India Programme at India House

High Commissioner launching the Access India Programme, an initiative of High Commission of India to provide market entry support services to UK SMEs that are interested in establishing manufacturing facilities in India. This initiative is to boost the 'Make in India' programme of Government of India.

High Commissioner Mr Y. K. Sinha launched the Access India Programme at the High Commission on September 27, 2017. The event was attended by AIP programme partners, UK government officials, senior UK business people active in India, various chambers of commerce and SMEs interested in the programme. In his speech, High Commissioner hailed the programme as first of its kind initiative in the UK to attract investments from UK SMEs into India. He also announced that UK India Business Council (UKIBC) has been chosen as the Knowledge Partner for the programme. The programme will help attract UK SMEs having high end technology enter the Indian markets as well as make India their export hub. This programme is under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India.

A presentation was made by Mr Vivek Abraham, Vice President, Invest India, regarding the opportunities in India and the strides made by the country in ease of doing business. The Panel Discussion included speakers like Mr Philip Bouverat, Director (JCB), Mr Richard Cotterell, General Manager (Perkins Engines) and Mr Rhydian Pountney, General Manager (Renishaw Plc) who identified India a key destination for companies seeking to expand their businesses.

Deputy High Commissioner, Amb Dinesh Patnaik provided an overview of the Access India Programme which will be provided free of cost to SMEs who would be selected after a rigorous analysis. The companies will be extended advisory and support services under the programme.

Sep 27, 2017
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