UK science minister Sam Gyimah has arrived in India as part of an official visit aimed at strengthening ties and encouraging greater collaboration across the science and technology sectors.
Mr Gyimah landed in New Delhi earlier today and is set to meet ministers, innovators and entrepreneurs during his trip. His first stop was at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute to discuss the promotion of clean growth and ways to combat the challenges posed by climate change.
Announcing his arrival in the country on Twitter, the minister said there were “incredible opportunities for partnerships between our two great countries”.
Mr Gyimah also took the opportunity to highlight that the UK is the second-largest research partner with India, the largest G20 investor in India over last 10 years, and that India invests more in UK than in the rest of the EU.
According to the UK government, joint investment between both countries in science and innovation stood at virtually nothing in 2008, yet is expected to reach around £400 million by 2021.
More than 200 individual projects, involving 175 different UK and Indian research institutions and more than 100 industry partners, have been funded in the last decade.
During Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Britain in April, Mr Gyimah announced a raft of new research and innovation funding awards.
He also said the UK was committed to growing its research partnership with India with tech-focused investments that focus on issues of global importance including agriculture, clean energy, global health and the environment.
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