Working to protect British jobs

15-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

Nirj Deva Nirj Deva

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

This week David Cameron led the largest trade delegation undertaken by a British Prime Minister, bringing over 100 British business leaders to India in order to strengthen bilateral trade links.

Nirj Deva MEP, President of the EU India Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the delegation as a major step toward building British prosperity and boosting links with the sub-continent.

The Conservative MEP for South East England said: "I was delighted that the PM has recognised the vital necessity of seizing the opportunities offered by emerging, powerhouse economies like India , which is expected to have grown into the world's third largest economy by 2030.

"India is already the fifth largest investor in the UK and I believe that it is critical for us to move quickly in order to capitalise on our rich, common culture and the synergy offered by the English language to increase foreign, direct investment from Indian-based multinationals like Tata, which already have a vested interest in the UK.  It is an utter disgrace that Belgium's trade with India is larger than ours.

"In the South East of England we are rightly proud of our reputation as leading exporters in the UK and the sectors in which Britain dominates the global arena in are largely based in the South East: biotechnology, aerospace, computing technology and environmental electronics.

"It is vital that we continue to safeguard our high-tech manufacturing industries, which remain a critical component in securing our economic future. Under successive Labour Governments, Westminster failed to support the manufacturing industry.

"As a British-educated engineer I say that enough is enough. We need to strike now to secure British jobs and attract foreign investment into our businesses."

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