‘India and UK share strong cultural bond’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Apr 2018 12:31:54


Business Bureau

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith recently paid a visit of the office of the Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) at Civil Lines with an objective of establishing cooperation between industries in Vidarbha and their counterpart in UK.He was accompanied with Kieran Drake, Minister - Counsellor Head of Politics & Press; Devdatta Ratnakar, Senior Inward Investment Advisor (Western Region); and Neha Nigadikar, Inward Investment Adviser of British High Commission.On the occasion, a round table with British High Commission was jointly organised by VIA and Nagpur First.At the outset Sir Dominic Asquith spoke about recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK. He said, British people have strong cultural ties with the people of India and 2017 was the UK-India year of culture, science and technology. UK companies in India employ around 8 lakh persons. Apart from this, 18,000 Indian students enrolled at UK for higher education and 25,000 young British people will gain work experience in India.

Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG was very keen to know about sectors such as defence, pharmaceutical and IT industries in Vidarbha and was trying to gauge the mood on the aspects of GST, demonetisation, etc. He informed the members of VIA and Nagpur First about the opportunities to tap in R&D ecosystem of Britain. In his welcome address, Atul Pande said, “We are encouraging industrialists from India and abroad to setup units of Vidarbha. Major sectors in our region are engineering, pharma, cement, textiles, steel, IT, etc.,” he added. Dr Suhas Buddhe, Secretary – VIA spoke about Defence and Aerospace Cluster. Present were Prashant Mohota, Ex-Vice President – VIA; Pratik Tapadia, Chairman of VIA Knowledge and R&D Forum; Naresh Jhakotia, Amitabh Khanna, President of Vidarbha Association of Software Exporters and Dushyant Deshpande, Convener of VIA Defence Forum; Faiz Wahid, Secretary of Nagpur First; Girdhari Mantri, Chairman of VIA CSR Forum; Omprakash Jajodia, Vyom Shah, Vikram Naidu and Jaiprakash Parekh.