Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG, the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, is leading a delegation of members from the House of Lords and the House of Commons to Kolkata and Guwahati to strengthen links and co-operation between Indian and British parliamentarians. They start their Kolkata programme on Tuesday, 17 February after holding a series of meetings in Delhi on Monday.
In Kolkata and Guwahati, the 10-member British delegation will have interactive sessions with elected representatives from the West Bengal and Assam legislative assemblies. The visiting parliamentarians are keen to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by their Indian colleagues on various fronts including:
- the relationship between business, civil society and elected representatives
- the representation of women in political life and progress towards achieving gender equality in politics and
- relationship between the Union and State legislatures
The UK delegation will call on the Hon’ble Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Assam during their visit.
Apart from meeting parliamentarians, the visiting delegation will also have meetings with trade and industry leaders, see firsthand civil society at work and interact with social activists, and engage in Indo-UK work on environment issues.
A priority for the visiting delegation is to learn how India is dealing with issues of international concern including:
- tackling climate change and developing climate smart cities and promoting renewable energy
- advancing women and girl’s rights and
- the work towards ensuring food security
The visitors are keen to explore pro-growth and sustainable initiatives being taken to achieve these objectives. At the same time, the British parliamentarians will have broad-ranging discussion with business and industry leaders to understand the current economic challenges and opportunities in India and the areas where the UK and India can partner each other for mutual growth and prosperity.
While in Guwahati, the delegation will also attend a UK-supported seminar on India Burma Young Leaders’ Dialogue and pay their tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives in the World Wars at the CWGC Gauhati War Cemetery.
Stuart Adam, Head,
Press and Communications
British High Commission, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411
Mail to: Mainak De
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