British MPs to focus on economic ties with India

February 10th, 2009 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 10 (IANS) Former cabinet ministers and other senior British MPs are to launch a new group aimed at developing economic partnership between India and Britain in the midst of a global economic downturn.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on UK-India Trade & Investment Relations is being launched Wednesday to focus exclusively on the economic content of bilateral ties.

Their first meeting will be with the heads of leading Indian IT companies to bring the lessons of India’s public sector IT reform to public sector IT programmes in Britain.

The parliamentary group will aim to keep the India-Britain economic relationship near the top of the British political agenda.

Amur S. Lakshminarayanan, UK head of Tata Consultancy Services, said: “This new group will ensure that the natural chemistry between our two nations is built on to bring prosperity to all of our citizens. A joined up UK and India can be a huge force for good in an ever changing globalised world.”

Leading MPs who have already signed up to the group include former cabinet ministers Patricia Hewitt and Charles Clarke of the ruling Labour party as well as Shailesh Vara of the opposition Conservative party, who will be vice chairman of the new group, sources said.

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