Prime Minister to visit India to advance partnership for peace and prosperity

  • The Prime Minister will visit Gujarat and New Delhi this week for the first time as Prime Minister – part of the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt
  • Visit expected to secure major new investment deals, supporting UK businesses, jobs and growth
  • The meeting with Prime Minister Modi will focus on strengthening economic, defence, security and technological cooperation in the face of common global challenges

The Prime Minister will travel to India this week to deepen our long-term partnership for peace and prosperity with another leading democracy in the face of global economic challenges and threats from autocratic states.

The visit will start on Thursday in Ahmedabad [21st April] to meet leading companies and discuss the thriving business, business and human ties between the UK and India. It will be the first time that a British Prime Minister has visited Gujarat, India’s fifth-largest state and the ancestral home of around half of the UK’s Anglo-Indian population.

The Prime Minister will then travel to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi on Friday. [22nd April]. The leaders will hold in-depth talks on strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership between the UK and India, aimed at strengthening our close partnership and intensifying security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

In Gujarat, the Prime Minister is expected to announce major investments in key industries in the UK and India, boosting jobs and growth in the country, as well as new collaboration in science, health and advanced technology.

He will use the visit to advance the free trade agreement negotiations launched earlier this year – a deal with India is expected to boost our total trade to up to £28billion a year by 2035 and increase UK earnings by up to £3. billion.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

As we face threats to our peace and prosperity from autocratic states, it is vital that democracies and friends remain united. India, as a major economic power and the world’s largest democracy, is a valued strategic partner of the UK in these uncertain times.

My visit to India will bring things that really matter to the peoples of our two nations – from job creation and economic growth to energy security and defence.

Last year, the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi agreed on a comprehensive strategic partnership between the UK and India, announcing over £530m of investment in the UK and pledging to deepen bilateral relations in the areas of trade, health, climate, defense and security, and connecting our people.

India was identified as a priority relationship for the UK in the 2021 Integrated Review and was invited by the UK as a guest at last year’s G7 in Carbis Bay.

The UK is taking advantage of post-Brexit trade opportunities with India’s growing economy to drive down prices of key consumer commodities, open up opportunities for UK businesses in areas such as technology and green services, and create highly paid and highly skilled jobs.

Indian business investment is already supporting 95,000 jobs across the UK, which is expected to be boosted by upcoming announcements and a future free trade deal.

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