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Prime Minister announces £1 billion of new UK-India trade

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New commercial trade and investment deals will create more than 6,500 UK jobs.

  • In a virtual meeting today (Tuesday 4 May 2021) the PM and Prime Minister Modi will agree deeper cooperation between the UK and India, including a new Enhanced Trade Partnership paving the way for a future UK-India Free Trade Agreement
  • The UK and India already have a close and enduring relationship – in the last week the UK has sent £6m worth of medical supplies to help India’s fight against Covid

More than 6,500 new jobs will be created around the UK thanks to £1bn of new UK-India trade and investment announced by the Prime Minister today (Tuesday 4 May 2021).

The package contains over £533m of new Indian investment into the UK, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs in vital and growing sectors such as health and technology. £200m of these deals will support low carbon growth.

This includes a £240 million investment by the Serum Institute of India in the UK into their vaccine business and a new sales office which will create a large number of jobs. The sales office is expected to generate new business worth over $1 billion, £200 million of which will be invested into the UK. Serum’s investment will support clinical trials, research & development and possibly manufacturing of vaccines. This will help the UK and the world to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and other deadly diseases. Serum have already started phase one trials in the UK of a one-dose nasal vaccine for coronavirus, in partnership with Codagenix INC.

British businesses have also secured new export deals with India worth more than £446 million, which will drive UK growth and create more than 400 British jobs. This includes CMR Surgical exporting its next-generation ‘Versius’ surgical robotic system which helps surgeons perform minimal access surgery being rolled out to hospitals in India. This export deal is worth £200 million and will result in the creation of 100 new jobs in the UK.

This afternoon the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Modi to agree a deeper relationship between the UK and India across trade, health, climate and defence.

This includes agreeing an Enhanced Trade Partnership. The partnership will unlock new opportunities for British businesses exporting to India and Indian businesses investing in the UK.

Trade between the UK and India is already worth around £23bn a year, supporting more than half a million jobs. Last week the Prime Minister spoke to Indian business leaders from companies Infosys and HCL to discuss the growing importance of the economic relationship between the UK and India.

The UK-India business community has demonstrated its strength over the last week in response to India’s coronavirus surge. The British Asian Trust has raised over £1.6 million in the last week through their emergency appeal and UK business leaders have mobilised in response to the Indian High Commission’s request for vital equipment.

The Partnership agreed today will set the ambition to double the value of UK-India trade again by 2030 and declares our shared intent to begin work towards a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. With almost 1.4 billion people, India’s population is bigger than the EU and US combined and by far the largest market the UK has committed to negotiating a trade deal with to date.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

Like every aspect of the UK-India relationship, the economic links between our countries make our people stronger and safer. Each and every one of the more than 6,500 jobs we have announced today will help families and communities build back from coronavirus and boost the British and Indian economies.

In the decade ahead, with the help of the new Partnership signed today and a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, we will double the value of our trading partnership with India and take the relationship between our two countries to new highs.

The Enhanced Trade Partnership agreed today creates immediate opportunities for British businesses in India across industries including food and drink, life sciences and the service sector. Non-tariff barriers on fruit and medical devices will be lowered – allowing British businesses to export more of their products to India and boosting UK growth and jobs.

It also commits both sides to addressing immediate market access barriers as well as continuing to seek further opportunities as we negotiate an FTA, benefitting businesses and consumers in both countries.

A future UK-India trade deal will support hundreds of thousands of jobs and boost the economies of both the UK and India by potentially lowering or removing current tariffs such as those of up to 150% on whisky and up to 125% on automotives as well as on other British products. It would also create huge benefits for British services – 4 out of 5 of India’s fastest-growing imports are for services like IP and telecommunications.

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New Indian investment deals announced today are:

  • Infosys – creating 1000 UK jobs
  • HCL Technologies – creating 1000 UK jobs
  • MPhasis – £35m, creating 1000 UK jobs
  • Q-Rich Creations – £54m, creating 667 UK jobs
  • Wipro – £16m, creating 500 UK jobs
  • I2 Agro – £30m, creating 465 UK jobs
  • Mastek – creating 357 UK jobs
  • Sterlite Technologies – £15m, creating 150 UK jobs
  • Global Gene Corp – £59m, creating 110 UK jobs
  • SNVA Ventures – £10m, creating 200 UK jobs
  • Serum Institute – £240m
  • Skillmine – £11m, creating 100 UK jobs
  • CtrlS Data Centers – £10m, creating 100 UK jobs
  • Que Processing Services – £10m, creating 100 UK jobs
  • Cron Systems – £20m, creating 100 UK jobs
  • TVS Motors-Norton – creating 89 UK jobs
  • Prime Focus Technologies – creating 70 UK jobs
  • Route Mobile – £20m, creating 50 UK jobs
  • Goila Butter Chicken – £3m, creating 40 UK jobs

New UK export deals announced today are:

  • Morningside Pharmaceuticals researching, developing and licencing new pharma products
  • Polymateria’s biotransformation technology, which enables plastics to become fully bio-degradable, in a deal worth £75m in UK exports over the next five years
  • CMR surgical – deal worth £200m creating 100 new UK jobs
  • Kloudpad – critical hardware and software bespoke data centres, deal worth £15m
  • Vidrona drone surveying equipment and AI technology
  • KIGG systems – smart meter test benches for electricity distribution companies
  • CyanConnode – deal worth £18m creating 30 new UK jobs
  • GoZero Mobility – deal worth £3.2m for e-bicycles
  • Agvesto – deal worth £3m
  • Revolut expansion into India, creating 60 UK jobs
  • CDE Asia – deal worth £500,000
  • Bio Products Laboratory – biopharmaceutical finished products for rare bleeding disorders, deal worth £62m
  • Kwalee British video game producer expansion in India creating 25 new UK jobs
  • Shorts TV digital entertainment platform – forecasting exports worth £8m
  • Clancy Global – a One Evolve Ecosystem – deal worth £2.5m
  • Astropol – colour and additive solutions for the vinyl, non-vinyl and associated additive industries, deal worth £12m
  • Surgease – deal worth £14.9m, creating 100 new UK jobs
  • Oxvent – deal worth £20m
  • Eagle Genomics – deal worth £12m, creating 165 UK jobs
  • BP – partnership with Infosys to decarbonise Infosys’ 11 campuses across India

Trade barriers addressed by the Enhanced Trade Partnership include:

  • Lifting restrictions to enable fruit producers across the UK to export British apples, pears and quince to India for the first time
  • Secured improved access for medical devices through the acceptance of UK Certificates of Free Sale in India, removing the requirement for additional accreditation of UK medical devices when exporting to the Indian market before they can be sold.
  • Commitment to deepening co-operation in educational services and concluding work on the recognition of UK higher education qualifications, which will encourage an increase in student flows, skills transfer and knowledge sharing between the UK and India.
  • Commitment to work to remove barriers in the Indian legal services sector preventing UK lawyers from practising international and foreign law in India, a step that could significantly increase UK legal services exports and UK legal services imports from India.

This figure of over 6,500 additional UK jobs and £1bn of new trade is based on company commitments and estimates from UK-India exports and investments following extensive engagement from DIT Officials.

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