Minister hails positive meetings following India visit

Minister hails positive meetings following India visit

Mark Field, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, has completed a two-day visit to India involving high-level talks on technology, cyber security, energy and girls’ education.

After arriving in New Delhi on Monday, the Foreign Office minister met India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar, to discuss the future of the strategic partnership between the UK and India following prime minister Modi’s visit to Britain in April.

The minister used a meeting with Amitabh Kant, chief executive of Indian think tank NITI Aayog, to discuss the newly unveiled UK-India Tech Partnership, including how the deal can help to support skilled jobs and economic growth in both countries.

Mark Field, minister for Asia and the Pacific. © Crown copyright.
Mark Field, minister for Asia and the Pacific. © Crown copyright.

He also took time to play a game of cricket with children supported by the Asha Society. The New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation works with deprived communities, helping people gain access to healthcare, financial services and education.

On Tuesday, the minister travelled to Hyderabad for a roundtable discussion on ‘Corporate Green Leadership’. He went on to meet a group of female students at Voice Camp, an event organised by civil society organisation Voice4Girls in collaboration with BDHC Hyderabad.

Mr Field also toured T-Hub, India’s largest incubator housing more than 200 start-ups. MediaCityUK-based technology hub The Landing is currently working in partnership with T-Hub in a bid to promote innovation and accelerate growth in the tech industry.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Field said: “As two countries with a global outlook, the UK is committed to working with India to unlock the full potential of our trade and investment relationship.”

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