Trivandrum: In an effort to build mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships between the United Kingdom and India, the UK would partner with Kerala Government and local companies for green and clean technology opportunities.
This was announced by Bharat Joshi, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai while addressing an interactive session on Business Connect Opportunities: UK & Kerala, jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) in Thiruvananthapuram.
While commenting that Kerala is India’s best kept secret, the Deputy High Commissioner said, “The State has several sectors with great potentials but hasn’t received the attention it deserves. We want to be part of selling Kerala as an investment destination but anything that we do in here have to be commercially viable.” He also called upon companies from Kerala to invest in the UK as they could access the entire European Union market through UK.
“There are strong economic and moral reasons to promote clean and green technology. The UK Government would help Kerala come up with a State action plan to cope up with climate change”, he added.
In her address, M Beena, MD of KSIDC said that Kerala needs clean and green industries and this was an opportunity for KSIDC. She elaborated on the investment promotion activities of KSIDC and gave details on the facilities and the upcoming industrial ventures of the government. She also added that efforts are being made in collaboration with the CII to improve the ease of doing business in Kerala.
In his remarks, Hari Krishnan Nair, Chairman CII Kerala State Council & President, Western India Cashew Co. said, “Kerala as tremendous opportunities for producing clean energy tech products.” He also added this is the first of a series of sessions put together by CII and KSIDC. “I am sure such sessions would help the participants.”
Earlier, talking about prosperity for India and UK, Sandy Sheard, Counsellor & Head – Energy, Climate & Growth Unit, British High Commission, said we should explore renewable energy and clean tech opportunities for a green economy.
P Ganesh, past Chairman, CII Kerala said we should work together to help UK companies trade in India and promote investments and partnerships.
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