Trade & Industry Committee

29 October 2007


Oral evidence session

The following evidence session has been re-arranged as part of the above inquiry:

Date/Time:  Tuesday  30 October at 9.15am

       Asif Ahmad, Director: Asia, UKTI
      Paul Whiteway, Director: International Sales, UKTI

Followed by (at around 10.15):
UK INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL (formerly the Indo British Partnership Network, IBPN)
      Lord Bilimoria, Chairman, UK India Business Council
      Sharon Bamford, CEO of  UK India Business Council
      Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Board Director, UK India Business Council

Location: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Following up the Committee’s June 2006 report, Trade and Investment Opportunities with India, tomorrow's evidence session will explore:

•  developments in the bilateral UK-India trade and investment relationship;

•  the effect of the new UKTI strategy focusing on key emerging markets;

•  successes in bringing down barriers, and barriers which still that persist;

•  progress in the UK-India JETCO (the Joint Economic and Trade Committee), and related matters.

The UK-India Business Council ( is the new name for the Indo-British Partnership Network, which recently received greater funding to support its activities and become the focal point for the bilateral trade relationship.  The Committee will be looking into UKIBC’s priorities for the year ahead, and its plans for expanding bilateral trade and investment ties.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.  It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks.  Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change, those interested in attending the session contact the Committee on 020 7219 5777/5779 a few days before the meeting.