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UK keen to forge ties with India

Published: 13th September 2012 11:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2012 11:20 AM   |  A+A-

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To enhance trade relations, the British government is planning to open more offices in India, including Kerala, said James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet here on Wednesday.

“Expanding its presence, the British government had started two Deputy High Commissioner offices in Chandigarh and Hyderabad recently,” he said.

While speaking at the UK country session at the ‘Emerging Kerala’ meet, he listed out the advantages of the United Kingdom in many specialised areas - from raising capital investment to providing skilled workforce, and from innovation to education. “Kerala is looking for investment, and we are specialised in raising capital for investment. Kerala is looking for infrastructure support and urban planning, and we construct roads and build towns across the world. Kerala is looking for manufacturing, we are the leaders in the sector. India wants to educate its people, we have the top ten universities of the world in our country. There is a close match between what Kerala is looking for and what the United Kingdom has and vice-versa,” he said.

British Deputy High Commissioner Mike Nithavrianakis, Jeff Cao, Navjit Gill, Padraic Kelly, Hiro Aso and Chris Sims spoke during the country session.

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