Boris Johnson will become the first British Prime Minister to visit Gujarat when he lands in Ahmedabad next week on a two-day visit to India for in-depth talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, according to Downing Street.

Johnson’s first visit to India as UK Prime Minister will begin on April 21 with a trip to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi’s hometown.



Downing Street said investment announcements in key industries in both the UK and India will take place on Saturday.

Johnson will then travel to New Delhi to meet Modi on April 22, where the focus will be on the Indo-British strategic economic, diplomatic and defense partnership.

According to officials on both sides, Johnson will also use his visit to India to push progress in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations that are underway earlier this year.

“My visit to India will bring about things that are really important to the people of both our countries, from job creation and economic growth, to energy security and national security,” said Mr. Johnson. room.

As we face threats to our peace and prosperity from autocratic states, it is important that democracies and friends stick together. As a major economic power and the largest democracy in the world, India is a highly valued strategic partner for the UK in these uncertain times, he said.

During his stay in Ahmedabad, Johnson is expected to meet with leading businesses and discuss the UK’s and India’s thriving trade, commerce and people links.

The selection of Gujarat, India’s fifth largest state, has to do with the fact that it is the ancestral home of about half of the UK’s British Indian community population.

In Gujarat, the Prime Minister is expected to announce major investments in key industries in both the UK and India, boosting jobs and growth in the country, as well as new cooperation in science, health and advanced technology, the Downing Street statement said.

The Prime Minister will then travel to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi on Friday (April 22). Leaders will hold in-depth talks on the strategic economic, diplomatic and defense partnership between the UK and India, aimed at strengthening our close partnership and promoting security cooperation in India. Indo-Pacific, the statement said.

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, which will enter their third round later this month, are expected to result in a deal that is widely expected to boost the UK’s total trade. to £28 billion ($36 billion) annually by 2035 and increase UK-wide income by up to £3 billion ($3.9 billion).

It emerged earlier this week that by the end of the first two rounds, four of the 26 chapters had been agreed and there was significant progress in the remaining 22 chapters of the FTA.

The two leaders are expected to ask for a timeline to be able to complete the process, originally set for later this year.

Last year, the two prime ministers agreed on the UK-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, announcing an investment of more than £530 million ($692 million) in the UK and pledging to move forward in a relationship deepen bilateral relations on trade, health, climate, defense and security and connecting people.

India was identified as a UK priority relationship in the 2021 Integrated Review and was invited by the UK as a guest to last year’s G7 summit in Cornwall, UK government officials said. UK note.

Downing Street highlights that the UK is taking advantage of the post-Brexit trade opportunities with India’s growing economy to reduce the prices of key items for consumers, opening the door for UK businesses. UK in areas such as technology and green services, while creating high-wage, high-skill jobs.

Investment from Indian companies has supported 95,000 jobs across the UK, according to official estimates in the UK, which is expected to be boosted by upcoming announcements and a free trade deal. Future.

Modi and Johnson last met on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow last November. Johnson’s visit next week is considered long overdue for both sides, having been canceled twice before due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standards staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from the syndicated feed.)

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