LONDON: Organizers have announced that “India Week” will take place in the UK next month, bringing together more than 100 business executives from around India.
Political leaders from seven parties from eight states have confirmed their attendance this year at Europe’s largest India-related conference, they noted.
The Economic Policy Group’s India Week, which will take place from May 7 to 12, is the firm’s annual global flagship event that brings together change-makers, policymakers, and business leaders “for high-level discussions on pertinent topics, including the UK-India Free Trade Agreement,” according to organizers.
Dr. Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and Rahul Narwekar, speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, are among the confirmed speakers. Rohit Pawar, member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly; Priyanka Chaturvedi, member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly; Kartikeya Sharma, member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly; Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, managing director of Pride East Entertainment; Pradyot Manikya, chairman of Tipra Motha in Tripura; Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary of Industries and Commerce and IT departments in Te
They are coming specifically for the “Ideas for India” conference, which is being held in collaboration with the non-profit think tank Bridge India.
The festivities begin on May 7-8 with an exclusive CEOs’ golf weekend at Rutland Hall and Spa in Leicestershire, where more than 20 Indian CEOs are anticipated to attend. The Education Innovation Conference in Oxford, conducted in collaboration with the Worldwide Business Research, features Prof. Jonathan Michie OBE, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, as well as leadership from more than 40 Indian higher education institutions.
On May 11 and 12, the Ideas for India conference in London will include a meal in the House of Commons and a formal banquet to honor stronger UK-India ties.
Discussions at Ideas for India will cover bilateral relations with the United Kingdom, India’s rise as a geopolitical power, investment prospects in India, the value of federalism, and a specific focus on the North East.
“India is the world’s fastest-growing economy today, ahead of China,” said Pratik Dattani, managing director of EPG. “Its progress in financial inclusion, technology, renewable energy, infrastructure building, and the geopolitical leadership it offers the Global South is admirable.”
Dattani stated that he is “delighted that such a diverse range of policy and business leaders have chosen to attend India Week in the UK,” as it “underscores the importance of the UK as a global gateway for India, ahead of the free trade agreement that the two countries are negotiating.”
Over two days in May 2022, more than 500 delegates gathered, including seven political parties from India and the two major parties from the United Kingdom.
“I’m grateful to the team at Bridge India for organizing this important conference,” said Lord Tariq Ahmad, minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. It is a fantastic occasion to commemorate our two countries’ deep affinity while simultaneously looking forward.”
“This trusted partnership extends to trade as well (and) we already have a strong track record on this,” he explained. “Look no further than Reliance Industries’ recent investment in the UK battery industry.”