Press release

British Cabinet Minister to lead a business delegation to Kerala

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The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, British Cabinet Minister for Communities and Local Government will lead a UK business delegation to Kochi from 4 to 5 June 2013.

Eric Pickles

The UK delegation will explore partnerships in the built environment, infrastructure, construction and water sectors. Mr Pickles will explore with the Kerala Government, UK participation in Kerala’s ambition for improved urban development.

In Kochi, Mr Pickles will meet the Hon’ble Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and senior representatives from the Kerala Government. He will deliver a speech at a business seminar hosted by the Indian Green Building Congress (ICGBC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to encourage stronger Indo-UK partnership in the infrastructure sector. He will attend events to support the low-carbon development pathway at municipal and local government level.

Ahead of his visit to Kochi, Mr Pickles said:

It is a privilege to lead a British business delegation to India. India is one of the biggest emerging markets in the world and we can be India’s partner of choice. We both agree success will hinge on our ability to put in place the right infrastructure and we are well placed to help India with their plans. The companies I will be introducing represent the best of British. They not only have world class expertise in big construction projects and urban renewal, but they know how to bring economic growth to different parts of a country.

Mr Pickles added:

As an advocate of localism I am delighted to be visiting Kerala, which is globally renowned as a pioneer in successful local self-government. I look forward to sharing the UK experience of local government and to learning about the successes in Kerala. The business delegation accompanying me have a wealth of expertise to offer Kerala’s ambition to expand and strengthen local infrastructure in ports, airports, roads, bridges, highways. I hope UK and Indian firms can work in partnership with the Kerala government and the private sector on many of the major ongoing and proposed projects.

Mr Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai said:

We are delighted that Mr Pickles will lead a UK delegation to Kochi to strengthen our partnership with Kerala. The range of UK business engagement in Kerala is growing. Some are already in ICT, food/drink, education and training and project management. We hope that the visit next week will see a presence of more UK firms in the crucial infrastructure sector.

Further Information

  • The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, British Cabinet Minister for Communities and Local Government is the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar. His Ministerial responsibilities include offering strategic direction to key Department work – supporting local government, communities and neighbourhoods, local economic growth, housing, planning and building. His work includes making local councils more transparent and accountable, housing for older and vulnerable populations, improving energy efficiency of buildings and ensuring that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient. His political career includes positions as Chairman of the Conservative Party (2009-10), Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government (2007-09) and Leader of Bradford City Council (1988-90). Earlier he worked as an Employment Consultant and as Local Government Editor for Conservative Newsline.

  • For media queries, please contact: Anita Mawdsley, Mob: +91-96001-99956, British Deputy High Commission, Chennai.

  • Delegation Brochure - Part 1

  • Delegation Brochure - Part 2

  • Built Environment Mission to Kochi (brochure for Kerala)

  • Seminar on Built Environment Expertise - Programme (MS Word Document, 29KB)

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Published 3 June 2013