Mark Field, minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will head to India next week to deliver the keynote speech at a leading cyber security conference.
In his first trip to the country, Mr Field will visit New Delhi and Chennai, taking the opportunity to speak on Tuesday at CyFy 2017 – The India Conference on Technology, Security and Society. Organised by the Observer Research Foundation, the event attracts government delegations and cyber experts from around the world who come to discuss digital policy solutions.
He said: “The UK/India relationship is thriving and I am delighted to pay my first visit to India since becoming a minister. As modern, diverse democracies, the UK and India are united by common values, history and connections, and a shared stake in each other’s future prosperity, security and success.
“The UK and India are natural partners in cyber security and we are committed to working with India to share best practise and threat analysis, as well as train and grow our cyber experts for the future. During my visit I also look forward to discussing how we can work ever closer with India as the most populous country in the Commonwealth, and how we can tackle together the global challenges we face.”
As well as attending the CyFy 2017 conference, Mr Field will meet India’s minister for information and technology, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, and minister of state for external affairs, Mr MJ Akbar. He’ll visit the BBC World Service’s offices as it expands its broadcasting into Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi and Telugu, and meet the director general of the BBC, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, who is also in the country.
The minister will speak to young film-makers at the British Council in New Delhi, before meeting some of India’s Next Generation leaders. While in Chennai, Mr Field will call on the chief secretary of the government of Tamil Nadu, before touring a school project run by the British Council in order to meet students and understand how the organisation supports education in India.
After leaving India, Mr Field will continue to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.