A high-powered Smart Cities trade delegation from the United Kingdom (UK) visited Pune on November 9 and 10, following the India-UK tech Summit held in New Delhi. The UK was ‘country partner’ at this year’s TECH Summit-India’s premier science and technology showcase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the partnership between the two countries during his visit to the UK in November 2015.
Liam Fox, British Secretary of State for International Trade, led the trade delegation to Pune and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) made a presentation of its ongoing as well as planned projects under the smart city mission.
Fox said, “I’m delighted to be in Pune to lead the UK Smart Cities Delegation in a dialogue on the role UK companies can play in helping to deliver their Smart City programme.”
Kunal Kumar, Pune Municipal Commissioner, said, “Over the past one year, both Pune and the UK have been working jointly on the smart cities mission. Pune believes the technology, expertise and knowledge shared by the UK will go a long way in further strengthening our ties. In Pune, we are clear that we want to engage with the best in the world and realise that archaic frameworks, policies and regulations inhibit the best from coming to Pune. We are thus collaborating with top partners globally as well as in India to put together processes that are contemporary and efficient and will benefit the city.”
Kumar Iyer, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai, said, “The Secretary of State and the UK delegation’s visit to Pune could not have been at a better time, giving a further boost to Maharashtra-UK collaboration with workshops with Indian companies and government officials across the advanced engineering, manufacturing and Smart Cities initiatives.’’
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