Britain to Start Deputy High Commisioner's Office in Ahmedabad

Published: 24th July 2014 11:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2014 11:14 PM   |  A+A-


GANDHINAGAR: Britain's secretary of state for energy and climate change Edward Devey today met Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel here and said that a deputy high commissioner's office will be set up in Ahmedabad.

"Devey informed the Chief Minister that Britain will start a full-fledged deputy high commissioner's office in Ahmedabad with a view to strengthen the relationship between Gujarat and Britain," a state government release said.

"Devey has shown interest in knowing about Gujarat's novel initiatives for energy reforms and energy security," the release added.

Chief Minister Patel expressed keenness in Britain joining hands with the state in the agriculture and climate change sectors, to which she received positive response, it said.

She told him that Gujarat was the first Indian state to start a separate department for issues related to the climate change. Patel also invited Devey to take part in Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit in 2015 with a British delegation.

Later, addressing students of IIM-A, Devey said, "Affection and the bonds between the UK and India are as much personal as they are political... Gujarat matters to the UK politically. In fact, UK is home to 6,00,000 citizens of Gujarati origin. I have many voters in my constituency who consider themselves British Gujaratis."

"In the UK, like here, Gujaratis are drivers of economic growth. With entrepreneurship and excellence across countless fields.

"Above all, Gujarat matters to the UK because Gujarat matters to India. Gujarat is a driver of growth and prosperity, learning and culture for all India.  And you must be proud that the new Government in Delhi is publicly following the 'Gujarat Model' of growth," he said. "Vibrant Gujarat has become a byword for attracting investment: it's a powerful symbol of the success of Gujarat. The UK was delighted to be a country partner to the 2013 event and we look forward again to partnering Vibrant Gujarat 2015," he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp