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UK and India: Prime Minister’s trade mission and bilateral visit

Prime Minister Theresa May led a trade mission to India on her first major bilateral visit since taking office.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the India-UK Tech Summit

The Prime Minister took examples of the best of British business to India on 6 to 8 November in her first bilateral visit outside Europe since taking office.

This was also the Prime Minister’s first trade mission, with a business delegation drawn from regions across the UK accompanying her to India. The Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, and the Trade Minister Greg Hands also joined the visit.

Tuesday 8 November: Bangalore

Prime Minister speaks about trade opportunities in India

PM trade clip

Monday 7 November: Delhi

Prime Minister talks about the UK-India relationship

Press conference clip

Prime Minister talks about free trade at the India-UK Tech Summit

India-UK Tech Summit clip

Sunday 6 November: arrival in Delhi

Prime Minister explains her visit to India

PM departure clip

Background to the visit

The Prime Minister went to India to deliver on her ambitious vision for Britain after Brexit, forging a new global role for the UK beyond the continent of Europe. She also delivered on her pledge for an economy that works for all, by introducing new and emerging enterprises, as well as more established players, to the key Indian market. A number of commercial deals were signed during the visit, creating and securing jobs at home and demonstrating market confidence in the strength of the British economy.

The Prime Minister met with Prime Minister Modi to discuss developing the strategic partnership between the UK and India, building on the deep links and co-operation we already share. Alongside Prime Minister Modi, the Prime Minister inaugurated the India-UK TECH Summit, South Asia’s largest technology conference.

The Indian diaspora plays a vital role in our national life with approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin in the UK and Indian companies currently employing over 100,000 people in the UK. India is now our second largest international job creator, with 7,105 new jobs in Britain in the past year.

Prime Minister with school children at Stonehill School watching a military flypast.
The Prime Minister and Stonehill School pupils watched a military flypast.

Watch some of the key moments from the Prime Minister’s visit

playlist of the key moments in the Prime Minister’s visit

Published 6 November 2016