Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, is set to address a business networking event in Edinburgh later, aimed at building new trade links between the UK and India.
Ms Banerjee will take part in an interactive discussion this afternoon with Scottish business leaders at the capital’s Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa. West Bengal is the fourth largest state economy in India, growing at 15.6 per cent in 2016/17, and Ms Banerjee is expected to underline the range of business opportunities available in the region.
Firms will get to hear about growth industries in West Bengal and meet senior decision makers from leading Indian companies, representatives from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and senior government officials from West Bengal.
Today’s event also involves the High Commission of India in the UK, UK India Business Council, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Asia Scotland Institute.
Also supporting the event is Scottish Development International (SDI), a government agency tasked with helping businesses around the world to invest in or trade with Scotland.
Speaking to the Times of India, SDI spokesman Uzair Syed described India as a “priority market” for Scotland, and underlined the importance of today’s event as an opportunity to strengthen existing economic relations.