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The Roundtable Discussion between Dr. J. Bhagwati, High Commissioner of India to UK and Members of the Business Delegation .

High Commission of India, London

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The Roundtable Discussion between Dr. J. Bhagwati, High Commissioner of India to UK and Members of the Business Delegation that accompanied Mr David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK to India in February 2013, at India House on April 19, 2013.

Dr. J. Bhagwati, High Commissioner of India to UK held a Roundtable Discussion with the Members of the Business Delegation that accompanied Mr David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK to India in February 2013, at India House on April 19, 2013.

The Roundtable Discussion was very well attended, with as many as 60 senior level delegates participating in the event,including Parliamentarians Lord Noon MBE, Lord Popat, Lord Loomba CBE, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, Mr ShaileshVara MP;business delegates and officials from the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Dr. J. Bhagwati, High Commissioner of India to UK welcomed the delegates to the meeting, which was being held as a follow-up, exactly two months after the UK Prime Minister’s visit to India. He highlighted the important decisions taken during the visit, as reflected in the Joint Statement on the India-United Kingdom Summit 2013 –‘ India and the UK: A stronger, wider, deeper partnership’.

From the UK side, Mr Edward Oakden, Managing Director, Strategic Trade, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), welcomed the initiative of the High Commission of India, London to host such a meeting. He expressed the full support of the British Government to the business delegates who were looking at initiating or expanding their business activity in India.

Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council (UKIBC) took the floor to inform the distinguished gathering about the establishment of six new British Business Centres in major metropolitan cities of India, which would provide a whole host of services to the UK business companies in India.

During the interactive session, parliamentarians and business delegates raised issues of common interest, such as, furthering Small and Medium

Enterprise (SME) growth in both countries, taking forward the Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor (BMEC), enhancing Skill & Vocational training and facilitating business through a liberal Visa regime.

The Roundtable Discussion was very well received as it provided an excellent opportunity to take stock of the progress made since the visit and in chalking out the way forward.

London

April 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013
 
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