Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Gordon Brown's Visit to India

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s India visit is imminent and the CBC is looking forward to seeing more business partnerships between the two countries. I am in India at the moment and it is heart warming to see the strides that the business community is making in India.

UK and India are engaged in one of the most profitable and significant bilateral trade and investment partnerships in the world. Increasingly, most major British companies consider it essential to have partnerships in India. And a growing number of Indian companies are getting on the LSE and the AIM listings.

I have through the CBC worked very closely with business leaders and government ministers to enhance bilateral trade and strike up partnerships in areas of finance, technology and innovation. A lot of work has gone into trade liberalisation. CBC also regularly organises business meetings in London with visiting Indian ministers.

Highlighting the growing influence of India, CBC is hosting its annual Global Business Leaders Forum on March 18-19 in Mumbai to be attended by Paul Skinner, Chairman, Rio Tinto; Gary Hoffman, Vice Chairman, Barclays; Richard Laing, Chief Executive CDC; John Studzinski, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group; Rahul Bajaj, Chairman Bajaj Auto, Anil Khandelwal, Chairman, Bank of Baroda; Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head HSBC; and ICICI CEO KV Kamath. The business leaders will discuss ideas and exchange views and experiences on how to grow in a fast changing global business environment.

The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) will also release the much-anticipated report on Indo-UK Trade in March 2008. The submission is based on the Council's ongoing work to achieve its objectives which is to promote global trade and investment.