London Mayor Ken Livingstone arrives in India

November 18th, 2007 - 11:15 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, arrived today on six-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral ties between India and Britain, especially in the areas related to business, tourism, education, creative and film industries.
Livingstone lauded the efforts of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the tree plantation programme, which he said “is transforming the local environment”.
“In London, where we face catastrophic hot summer, where thousands of people die of heat, we need to actually see similar sort of programme there,” he said.
Livingstone said that he was planning to introduce an “air quality zone” that would cover whole of London, to reduce and gradually stop polluting vehicles coming in. On the security issue, he said both Delhi and London share security issues.
“Both Delhi and London will always be target for terrorists, huge security issues that we share,” he said.
Livingstone said that London recognises India as one of the growing world powers and referred to India’s growing economy.
Earlier today, the Mayor paid his tributes to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat.
During his six-day visit, Livingstone will visit Mumbai and will take part in a series of meetings, seminars and conferences on the theme of ‘London and India: Partners in Globalisation’.
A city-to-city partnership agreement will be signed with Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, besides an agreement in the tourism sector.
The Mayor assured that a ‘London India Office’, one each in Delhi and Mumbai will soon be established to promote trade, culture, business and tourism between the two countries.
Last year, India was one of the three countries accounting for the majority of world economic growth.
In tourism sector, India is in London’s top 20 inbound markets with 230,000 visitors from India in 2006, up from 166,000 in 2005.
Indian also represents a large potential student market for London. (ANI)

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