David Cameron Heads Largest Ever Trade Mission To India

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David Cameron is on a trade mission to India as he attempts to "open doors for British business".

 

 
David Cameron is on a trade mission to India as he attempts to "open doors for British business".
 
He is heading up the largest trade delegation taken overseas by a prime minister and arrived in Mumbai on Monday morning.
 
Among the party of more than 100 joining Mr Cameron are representatives of major companies like Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and BP, small businesses, universities, football's Premier League, the London Underground and nine parliamentarians.
 
Mr Cameron wants to use the three-day visit, during which he will meet prime minister Manmohan Singh and president Pranab Mukherjee, to forge closer links between British business and one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
 
He wants to make the partnership "one of the defining relationships of this century".
 
He has also indicated that he is planning to relax visa requirements to attract Indian business visitors to the UK.
 
Asked about business concerns about the difficulty of obtaining UK visas, Mr Cameron told the Hindustan Times: "I think there's more we can do here and that's an area where I hope we can put an even more attractive offer on the table during this trip."
 
He said Britain's relationship with India had flagged, but he was determined to revive it.
 
"Frankly, Britain did neglect this relationship during the first decade of this century," he said.
 
"But under my Government we're determined to turn that around.
 
"Trade grew at over 20% in 2010 and 2011. We're reaching out beyond the biggest cities, with the biggest diplomatic footprint of any country in India."