British Foreign Office Minister for South Asia Jeremy Browne called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday saying that his country was keen to help the State in the education and the healthcare sectors. He also invited Ms. Banerjee to the UK. Talking to reporters after the meeting at the State Secretariat, Mr. Browne said that he was the first British Minister to visit the newly elected Chief Minister and that he had a “good and positive exchange of views.”
“I am particularly pleased to be the first British Minister from the coalition to visit West Bengal. Deeper economic, commercial and scientific co-operation between the UK and West Bengal is an integral part of the stronger, wider and deeper relationship that Prime Minister Cameron described when in India last July,” he said.
“Britain is strongly committed to good relations with India and the number of diplomats in India is being increased” the Minister said, adding that Britain is working to play a larger role in India's development. “There is real opportunity for business,” he said.
Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said Ms. Banerjee held a long meeting with the delegation led by Mr. Browne. Also present was Finance Minister Amit Mitra and the British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, Sanjay Wadvani. Mr. Chatterjee said the British team was assured that the government would provide investors with the best investment-friendly climate so that they could contribute in sectors such as education, health, tourism, transport and infrastructure.