Largest ever UK Smart Cities business delegation to visit Kerala

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Kochi: More than 20 of the UK’s most innovative companies will visit Kerala on November 11 & 12, 2016. The business delegation is showcasing their high tech smart city solutions at the India UK Tech Summit in New Delhi.

The delegation will then travel to Kochi this weekend where they will meet representatives from government and industry. An India – UK Smart Cities Business Engagement Forum to explore potential opportunities to collaborate with visiting UK companies will be held on November 12 at Kochi. The Mission will build on existing UK support to Kochi, including for their smart city bid and work on urban master-planning in Aluva.

In a statement, Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai said, “Theresa May’s visit to India – her first visit outside Europe since she became Prime Minister – reflects India’s importance as a strategic partner. The UK invests more in India than the US and Japan combined, and India is the third largest investor into the UK. We have already supported the Kochi Smart Cities Project and I’m excited to be bringing more than 20 first-rate UK companies with expertise in transport infrastructure, built environment, energy, water, waste management and sanitation, technology infrastructure and securities and cyber solutions to see for themselves the opportunities this extraordinary city offers.”

Tammy Sandhu, Deputy Head of Mission & Head of Department for International Trade, Chennai said, “This is the first and largest business delegation of its kind to Kerala. The companies visiting Kochi will pitch the latest in cutting-edge smart city solutions to both government and industry. The UK’s smart cities offer is vast, from the development of autonomous vehicles, intelligent transport systems, data analytics and smart energy. We look forward to exploring the many partnership opportunities that Kochi Smart City has to offer.”

The UK is country partner at this year’s Tech Summit, India’s premier science and technology showcase in New Delhi. The Tech Summit has brought together leading star speakers, British businesses, science and technology experts to India to show best of what UK has to offer.

UK companies are showcasing a variety of innovative solutions at the Tech Summit. Exhibits include smart meters, a self-driving vehicle, solar-powered grids and advanced technology mobile devices.

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