North West UK firms to benefit from India’s ‘Smart City’ initiative

North West UK firms to benefit from India’s ‘Smart City’ initiative

Indian developers are set to invest in British planning and infrastructure expertise as part of an ambitious plan to develop 100 new ‘smart cities’.

Salford’s MediaCityUK is already proving a chief inspiration as a blueprint for a similar site in Bangalore, while other knowledge-sharing and development opportunities for North West firms are being brought into focus.

Speaking about opportunities in India, Jo Ahmed, partner and head of the India Services Group at Deloitte in the North West, said: ” The UK has a long established relationship with India and Prime Minister Theresa May’s presence at this week’s India-UK Tech Summit highlights the fact that she is committed to strengthening this.

“Both the UK-India Urban Partnership around smart cities and the Registered Travellers Scheme for Indian business visitors, that were announced today in the opening speeches, are promising steps in the right direction to reinforce our ties with India.

“Our recent research into India-UK Technology Collaborations has revealed a wide range of opportunities for North West businesses to support projects in India.

“In particular, India has a focus on creating over 100 smart cities and is keen to learn more about how Salford’s MediaCityUK was developed, since it is seen as a blueprint for an equivalent smart city in the Bangalore area.

“This means those businesses in our region with expertise in planning and infrastructure could play a key part in knowledge-sharing and the development of Smart Cities in India. Similarly, the North West has a world-renowned reputation when it comes to life sciences and advanced manufacturing, sectors that also offer great scope for mutual collaboration.”


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