Recognising and Felicitating Unsung Indian Heroes
Manchester is the sixth largest gateway for Indians into Europe and post the JETCO dialogue the ties have been further strengthened between the two countries. Both countries have consistently engaged in a constructive discourse to not only boost trade and investment but also socio-cultural fields such as sports, literature, performing arts and the like. Hence, it is pertinent to engage with the Indian Influencers and nurture their involvement in the India-UK dialogue for a better future.
Manchester is reported to be the sixth largest gateway for India in Europe with significant bilateral trade and investment opportunities, re- establishing its critical importance to the future of industry and for its knowledge-sharing with India. UK-India Relations over the years have developed immensely along with the significance of the Indian Diaspora in the UK. Indian Companieslike JLR, TVS and Infosys have invested extensively in the UK Market.They have played a key role in shaping regional economies, creating employment opportunities and building a sustainable supply chain not only for Machinery and Products but for talent, skill and technology.
The value of trade with India for North-West England businesses hit £1bn. Financial experts estimate Indian Trade to be at all-time high. Indian students have consistently applied to the UK Universities.The British Government hasalso taken serious efforts to nurture this relationship by creating innovative ways for Indians to invest, study and residein the United Kingdom.
The year 2020 has largely been a challenging year,however with the JETCO dialogue on track both the sides are keen to cross every hurdle for a smooth and safe transition. One of the most critical roles will be played by the Indian Diaspora in this conversation, as it is the living bridge that is the glue between both the sides. Therefore, it is critical that this diaspora is recognised, and their influence is utilised to highlight discussions, pertinent to their sectors, areas of focus and discovery. The JETCO meet shared a possibility of a free trade agreement between the two countries at some point in the future. Manchester and India share a strong and enduring bond, strengthened by a modern trading relationship,and thus plays a stellar role with shared ambition which always captures the spotlight.
It is ever more pertinent today to engage with these Indian Influencers and involve them in this UK India dialogue for a better future for both the sides. Both countries have consistently engaged in a constructive dialogue to not only boost trade and investment but also worked across areas such as Culture, Skills, Diaspora and Sports. The latest decision of the Virgin Atlantic to offer flights between two Indian cities-Mumbai and Delhi-toManchester is testimony to the fact that the city of Manchester holds a special place among the business and socio-cultural fraternity in both the countries.
The Indian Influencers in Manchester is scheduled on 26 January 2021, Tuesday via Zoom Video Conferencing App. Further details to follow.