Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

SPMRF Round-Table Series : Discussion on 3rd March 2016 on the topic “Dimensions of India-UK Relationship in the Current Global Scenario”

Foreign Affairs Department, BJP in collaboration with Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF) invited Mr. Peter Hill Director of Strategy Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Govt. of U.K.to speak on “Dimensions of India-UK Relationship in the Current Global Scenario” on 3rd March 2016. Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale chaired the session while introductory remarks were given by Dr. Anirban Ganguly.
Mr. Hill’s responsibilities include policy planning and the FCO’s engagement with the National Security Council.
Mr. Hill explained the India-U.K. relationship in perspective and how this relationship has evolved over a period of time. He said that India and the U.K. have a fundamental stake in each other’s success—for the sake of our values and our many shared interests.
He also spoke at some length about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UK between 12-14 November, 2015 which took the relationship between the two countries to a new height.
He emphasized the importance and mutual benefit of continuing to work together in the areas of energy and climate change to enhance the prosperity of both nations.
He also emphasized that this enduring connection between the UK and India plays a vital role in safeguarding and promoting the security and prosperity of both peoples. India’s economic development and rise as a global power affords opportunities to further deepen and extend this partnership to foster economic growth and inclusive development, update and strengthen the rules based international system, and counter global threats.
Mr. Peter Hill said that UK and India remain committed to working together to substantially increase trade and investment opportunities. The two governments have time and again underlined the particular importance of information technology and digital industries in both countries, and the contribution that they make towards strengthening trade ties between the UK and India as a key driver of growth and prosperity.
The Talk was attended among others by Vice President of BJP Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Mr. V. Satish Jt General Secretary BJP, Mr Bhupender Yadav, General Secretary BJP, Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal Member of Parliament, Amb. R. Dayakar, Amb. Pradeep Kapur and other Research Scholars.