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PM hosts UK-India CEO Forum

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Prime Minister David Cameron has hosted the first meeting of the UK/India CEO Forum at Downing Street, to discuss how best to improve trade between the two countries.

The UK-India CEO Forum brings together British and Indian business leaders and was established during the PM’s visit to India in July last year.

Mr Cameron said the Forum was “fantastically important” and said he believed that the British-Indian relationship could be much stronger.

The PM said:

I think this is an extremely modern, dynamic, forward-looking relationship of two countries with very complementary interests.

The three key areas that the first Forum addressed were making the UK economy favourable to Indian investment, opening up the Indian economy and encouraging bilateral trade.

This is for me to listen to what the CEOs are saying about what needs to change in Britain to make us more attractive, and what needs to change in India to increase the flows of investment both ways.

That is what I hope we’ll use the time for and then Prime Minister Singh and I can discuss and take forward these agendas.

The Forum also discussed the Doha world trade deal and Mr Cameron told the meeting that he had agreed with US President Obama, and other world leaders at the G20 summit in Toronto, to make the deal bigger to enable “more benefits to more people”.

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