17 November 2016


Carolyn Fairbairn visits India

Following on from her successful trip to China, Carolyn spent three days in New Delhi in her first visit to India as director-general of the CBI

Carolyn Fairbairn visits India

Carolyn and members of the UK-India CEO’s were in the country at the same time as prime minister Theresa May and was a valuable opportunity to speak to British businesses with an interest in India, and encourage Indian firms to focus on the opportunities of investing in Britain.

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As part of this engagement, she met Indian heads of large member companies including BP, G4S, BBC, Mott MacDonald, HSBC, Rolls Royce, Aviva, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Rio Tinto and Marks & Spencer who shared their views about ground realities of doing business in India.

Carolyn met Indian finance minister Aruan Jaitley and commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who confirmed that India saw the UK as a country open to trade beyond Europe, and that India is ready to discuss future opportunities for collaboration, especially in the areas of tourism, education and ease of travel.

The commerce minister highlighted the good relationship between the British and Indian prime ministers and emphasised a desire to start discussions on the future relationship between the two countries, highlighting the need to tackle difficult issues around immigration and retrospective taxation. He also confirmed the existing bilateral trade treaty will continue for the UK until such a time it leaves the EU. 

For more information please contact ben.digby@cbi.org.uk