UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel has visited India to strengthen strategic partnerships in various fields including energy.
In a three-day visit to the country, Ms Patel outlined how the UK is supporting India’s economic agenda by helping improving its energy infrastructure and boosting renewables among other measures.
The UK is also supporting India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ by sharing expertise in finance, infrastructure, governance and security and helping to plan, design and build them.
The partnership will in turn boost jobs, growth and prosperity for both India and the UK, the government added.
Ms Patel said: “The UK and India have a strategic partnership built on a shared history, immensely strong people-to-people ties and democratic values. The government wants to deepen these bonds further, to grow our economies and boost trade and investment in both our countries. I discussed this with Prime Minister Modi, who set out his ambitious vision for our relationship when he visited the UK last year.
“As India develops into a major and growing economy, it is absolutely right that UK support, including that provided by my department, has moved away from traditional financial aid – which ended last year – to technical assistance and sharing skills and expertise.”