Leaders from UK and India convene for high-level engagements at inaugural UK-India week

H.E. Sinha, Indian High Commissioner

Senior UK figures joined their counterparts from India for high-level engagements and celebrations of the bond between the two countries throughout the inaugural UK-India Week 18-22 June.

UK-India Week launched at the Taj Buckingham Gate Hotel by International Trade Secretary Rt. Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Emily Thornberry MP.

Closing on Friday with the UK-India Awards 2018, attended by Guest of Honour, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Foreign Minister Rt. Hon Mark Field MP, UK-India Week will feature high-level discussions and engagements at the fifth annual UK-India Leadership Conclave, taking place 20-21 June, with Liberal Democrats party Leader Rt. Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, Former Secretary of State for International Development Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade & Climate Change Rt. Hon Barry Gardiner MP among the senior UK figures speaking.

The fifth annual UK-India Leadership Conclave will be a landmark event, hosting senior Indian political and business figures – including the Presidents of the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry – to address the prospects for post-Brexit partnership opportunities and assess the future opportunities to invest in the UK. Over 200 delegates will attend from both nations.

Yashvardhan Sinha, His Excellency the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, opened the first day of the UK-India Leadership Conclave, for a packed agenda that saw Dr Rajiv Kumar, celebrated economist, author, and Vice Chairman of the Niti Ayog (National Institution for Transforming India), discuss the current trajectory of the Indian economy.

The Conclave, convened by India Inc., hosted Indian political dignitaries including Vijay Chauthaiwale, In Charge of Foreign Affairs for the ruling Bharatiya Janata PartyDr Swapan Dasgupta, Member of Indian Parliament and, joining via video link for the Global Investors Forum, Piyush Goyal MP, Minister for Finance, Railways & Coal.

Taking place at the De Vere Latimer Estate in Buckinghamshire, the UK-India Leadership Conclave was seeking to identify ways to grow and transform the strategic partnership between ‘Brexit Britain and Global India’.

Josh Hardie, Deputy Director General Confederation of British Industry (CBI) spoke alongside counterparts from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Alongside the Global Investors Forum, an eclectic range of sessions took place, including:

  • “Opportunities for collaboration in technology and innovation’ and ‘Building smarter, safer cities’” hosted by FICCI
  • The untapped potential of the UK and India’s soft power, hosted by award winning Indian actor, businessman and philanthropist Vivek Oberoi
  • The Future of Energy & Climate Change Cooperation, hosted by Hon Barry Gardiner MP, supported by Hero Future Energies
  • Debating values, democracies and corruption with Lord Jonathan Marland, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council Chairman and former UK Trade Envoy
  • The Future of Mobility and India’s aspirations to be a global hub for electric vehicles’, hosted by OLA Cabs
  • A Young Leaders Forum to be hosted by Infosys
  • A social impact roundtable bringing together UK companies, family offices and large Indian charitable trusts engaged in India, hosted by the British Asian Trust

Manoj Ladwa, Founder of UK-India Week and India Inc., said: “Brexit is an opportunity to forge a new, global identity for Britain, while India – the fastest- growing major economy in the world, a rapidly emerging nation finds itself at a strategic apex, ready to take its place among the world’s top economic powers: Global Britain meets Global India.

“UK-India Week celebrates the strong partnership between the UK and India and is a catalyst for promoting opportunities for future collaboration. There is a huge opportunity for these two great countries – now equals on the world stage – to harness their shared values, trade, technology and talent to enhance prosperity at home and around the world.”

Alongside hard hitting political and economic debate, the Conclave celebrated the cultural ties between the UK and India, with an early morning yoga session in a celebration of International Yoga Day, along with fusion jazz and food.