Foreword from the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith
India is one of the bright spots in the global economy. It is a country of 1.3 billion people growing at over 7% per annum and forecast to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.
Our trade and investment relationship is strong and getting stronger. Bilateral trade amounts to over £16 billion annually; the UK is the biggest G20 investor in India, employing 1 in 20 people in India’s formal sector; and India is the third largest investor in the UK.British companies agree that things are looking up – Prime Minister Narendra Modi is spearheading an ambitious programme of economic reforms which is designed to generate jobs and growth for an increasingly global India. One such programme is focussed specifically on enhancing India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index.
India is a large and diverse market. Whether your focus is on projects in infrastructure or energy, providing skills and training for the 1 million Indians who enter the workforce every month, or sharing technologies which underpin the dynamic evolution in manufacturing and services, India is a market which UK businesses would be hard-pressed to ignore.
The team here is committed to working on the ground and through Ministerial and business dialogues, to ensure that UK businesses succeed in India. I hope you will choose to be one of our success stories.
Sir Dominic Asquith
British High Commissioner to India
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