Brit team on Bhopal visit to explore business opportunities
Bhopal, Mar 19 : With a view to exploring potential business opportunities between the United Kingdom (UK) and Bhopal, British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India Peter Beckingham is leading a team to the Madhya Pradesh capital on a two-day visit.
"We are focussing on infrastructure -- including transport -- education, healthcare, power, water purification and waste management. Talks have taken place with officials of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited -- a company with which the UK is closely associated -- and some other companies," he told media here.
Last year, Mr Beckingham interacted with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the Global Investors' Summit in Indore and also participated in the Khajuraho Global Investors' Summit in 2010 to further cement business ties.
"Collaboration will be consolidated in the education sector. British Premier David Cameron -- who was in India four weeks back -- also had discussions in this context. The
focus will be on English teaching and training teachers in primary and secondary schools," he said.
More students are being encouraged to travel to the UK, Mr Beckingham said while adding that bogus colleges in India
are creating hurdles and the British Government came down hard on such institutions two years back.
Regarding the gangrape of a Swiss national in Datia District, he said that no advisory has been issued to British tourists whose numbers are increasing in Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.