India will invest more than 1 billion pounds in the UK, which will help create or safeguard 5,750 British jobs, as part of a new partnership forged during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit as the two sides signed a wide range of MoUs, agreements and initiatives across technology, trade and investment.
The British government on Wednesday announced a new India-UK trade partnership after Prime Minister Modi held talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) said a range of new Indian investments worth more than £1 billion will create or safeguard 5,750 British jobs for the economy as part of the new partnership, which builds on the recommendations of the Joint Trade Review (JTR) between the two countries which concluded earlier this year.
“Removing barriers to trade is a key way in which the UK can capitalise on the predicted growth in world markets and so I’m delighted we have come to this new trade partnership with India,” said Liam Fox, UK international trade secretary.
“It is clear that the opportunities for growth in trade with India are plenty, and as an international economic department we will continue to use tools such as trade missions not only to boost UK exports, but also to help businesses of all sizes forge ties and build cultivate relationships with potential buyers and investors,” he said.
According to DIT figures, total trade in goods and services between the UK and India was 18 billion pounds in 2017, a 15 per cent increase from 2016.
UK exports to India, led by innovative machinery and mechanical appliances, form a large part of this trade basket, increasing significantly by 14.9%
The new partnership will seek to improve the accessibility of trade for businesses in both countries, as the UK gets ready to leave the European Union (EU).
Focusing on the three key sectors of life sciences, information technology (IT) and food and drink, the partnership will seek to reduce barriers to trade with an eye on Brexit.
The UK also intends to recruit a British cyber security industry expert to be based at the high commission in New Delhi, with a remit to share British expertise and connecting Indian private and public sector organisations with cutting- edge UK companies who can supply their specific requirements.
“The visit of Prime Minister Modi will see the launch of a package of technical assistance to help India climb further up the rankings for ease of doing business, benefitting UK companies and the Indian economy alike. Additionally, the two countries have also agreed to strengthen ties between their respective agriculture industries,” the DIT statement said.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and techUK have set up the UK – India Tech Alliance, which will facilitate collaboration on building future skills in new technologies by nurturing a solid skills base in the UK and India, with the support of both the governments.