British Prime Minister Theresa May will arrive in Delhi on Sunday night to attend India-UK TECH Summit on Monday ….reports Anasudhin Azeez. She will visit Bengaluru on Tuesday
British Prime Minister Theresa May who is struggling to keep her Brexit campaign on track will land in India today to win a major ally in the post-Brexit Britain.
The 60-year-old British leader is arriving in New Delhi for her first bilateral visit outside the European Union after she assumed office in July following the resignation of David Cameron in wake of Brexit, or Britain’s vote to leave the European grouping.
The prime minister along with her Indian counterpart Mr Narendra Modi will open the India-UK TECH Summit in New Delhi on Monday.
The Summit, organised in association with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), will demonstrate the depth of India-UK partnerships in business, innovation, research, education and entrepreneurship, with the biggest showcase of British expertise and commitment to strengthening relationships in every sphere.
It will also host a 160 plus delegation from the UK, highlighting the UK’s capabilities across important sectors like smart cities, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, agri-tech, education and skills.
British Deputy High Commissioner to India, Dr Alexander Evans said: Britain is open for business, and we want to do even more business with India. The UK has been the top G20 investor in India, consistently, since the turn of the century, and India invests more in the UK than it does in all other European Union countries combined. Our trade relationship is booming, our researchers collaborate on all manner of issues, and our people visit each other’s countries for study and tourism.
The TECH Summit will see British and Indian entrepreneurs, experts and leaders in various fields related to technology converge and drive our partnership further still.
Visit to Bangalore
Prime Minister May will arrive in Bengaluru on Tuesday on the last leg of her maiden three-day official visit to India.
“May has a busy schedule during her day-long visit on Tuesday as she will participate in as many as five events soon after arriving from New Delhi,” a protocol officer told.
“May’s first engagement will be at the international airport around 11 a.m. where she will meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the VIP lounge for bilateral discussions,” said the official.
May will then drive to the state-run Stone Hill model school near Papanahalli in the city’s northern suburb to interact with its students.
She will visit Dynamatic Technologies Ltd at the Peenya industrial state for a firsthand account of the aerospace firm’s manufacturing facility.
“From Peenya, May will go to the Someshwara Temple at Halasuru in the city centre and seek blessings of its deity, Shiva. The 15th century temple is one of the oldest in the southern state, dating back to the Chola period,” the official noted.
May’s last engagement in the city will be a luncheon meeting with chief executives of India Inc at a leading hotel before flying to London in the evening.
An Indo-British Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) delegation will also call on her after the luncheon meet.
“Elaborate security arrangements are being made for the safety of May and her delegation. Vehicular traffic will be diverted and regulated to facilitate quick and smooth passage of her motorcade,” the official added.
May will be the fourth British Premier to visit Bengaluru after her (Conservative) Party’s then leader John Major on January 9, 1997, his Labour Party successor Tony Blair on January 4, 2002 and Cameron on July 28, 2010.