New Delhi, India: The Prime Minister of UK, Borris Johnson, has arrived for a two-day visit to India on Thursday morning. He met Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Group in India soon after his arrival.
Mr. Adani shared a picture with him on Twitter and wrote that he was honoured to host Mr. Johnson who was the first PM of UK to visit the Adani Headquarters in Gujarat. He was also happy to support sustainability and climate agenda focusing on green H2, renewables and new energy.
Johnson also went to visit a JCB factory with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel.He announced that he hoped England would have another free agreement of trading with India by the end of the current year. Both the Indian and UK businesses are ready to announce export deals over 1 billion Euros of worth and investments, in the departments from health to software engineering.
Numerous technological and scientific collaborations includingdigital partnership for health and a joint fund for investment for Indian AI start-ups and deep-tech, supported by both the governments; brand-new scholarships for AI for the students of India, jointly funded by the Adani Group of India and England government’s Chevening program and an investment of 6 million Euros by healthcare experts Qure.ai to open an excellence center in the UK will be announced soon.
Mr. Johnson started his visit with a remarkable roadshow from the airport of Ahmedabad to his hotel. He has already visited Gandhi Ashram in the city and Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. Reportedly, he will visit other places like Gujarat International Finance Tec-city(Gift city), Gujarat Biotechnology University, a JCB company plant at Halol near the city of Vadodara. The university is being constructed at a cost of 200 crore and is said to prioritise a more meaningful and deeper partnership between India and UK in higher education. It will showcase a great opportunity for international collab across UK and India inthe field of technology, education and science. Aclosed-door meeting is also expected to be heldwith a “leading businessman from the state”.
He clearly stated thatEngland will not try to advise India over itsdecision to hike oil imports of Russia or neutrality in the UN. Nonetheless, UK has been trying to make India reduce its dependency on Moscow since February 24 when Russia attacked Ukraine.
As he addressed the House of Commons for theweekly PMQs(Prime Minister’s Questions), he said that the trip to New Delhi and Ahmedabad will build on India being invited as a guest country in the G7 summit, which was hosted by England in Cornwall in last year’s June.
The PM will also meet Indian Prime Minister in Delhion Friday to discuss about more business opportunities anddefence, economic and security ties.He termed India as a vital economic power and the largest democracy of the world. He regards India as a highly valued partner of strategy for his own country. As his trip to India got cancelled last year because of the covid pandemic, he wants to utilise this visit in a full-fledged way. In May last year, the two countries talked of a partnership which involved more than 500 million pounds of Indian investment into England. It is anticipated that this visit will open tons of job opportunities and boost the economic growth of the countries.