On Manmohan's agenda
The PM will discuss civil nuclear cooperation, terrorism and deepening of economic ties with British and EU leaders.india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 15:03 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will discuss civil nuclear cooperation, terrorism and deepening of economic ties with British and European Union leaders.
Manmohan Singh's first halt will be in London to attend the third India-UK Summit meeting with his British counterpart Tony Blair on October 10 and later an India-UK investment summit.
• Several multi-million pound contracts between British and Indian companies are expected to be signed when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attends the first UK-India investment conference on Tuesday.
The conference, organised by the Department of Trade and Industry, is also expected to be attended briefly by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Indian delegation will include Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath, who will hold meetings with Trade Secretary Alistair Darling.
• On Tuesday, retail giant Tesco is expected to announce plans to enter the Indian retail market in partnership with Bharti Enterprises.
Other companies attending the event are Standard Chartered, and Cairn Energy, which will this week release details of its Indian subsidiary's imminent IPO on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
• According to media reports, Blair is expected to urge Singh to relax laws that prevent British companies doing business in India.
• He is expected to lobby particularly hard on behalf of supermarkets such as Tesco. Foreign groups that sell multiple brands, such as supermarkets, are not allowed to operate in India.
• In London, Manmohan Singh will attend a reception to meet members of the Indian diaspora. Britain is home to some 1.5 million people of Indian origin.
• Indian and British officials are expected to exchange information on the safe conduct of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010 and the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
• Singh will receive an honorary degree from Cambridge, the prime minister will fly to Helsinki, which hosts the 7th India-EU summit on October 13.
• Indian officials say terrorism and measures to counter it would form a high point of discussions. Cooperation in counter-terrorism between security agencies would be a core issue in the dialogue.
Terrorism and counter-terrorism measures would figure in discussions between India and the European Union in Helsinki.
• India's civil nuclear programme would come up for discussion although European Union does not have any unanimous stand on the issue. Some member countries are sympathetic to India while some are not.
• Manmohan Singh will also talk on bilateral issues with leaders of Finland, bilateral relations with which have traditionally been warm and friendly.
Firms from Finland are slowly showing interest in investing in India.