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IGF London 2024 sets pace for UK-India ties in crucial election year

IGF London 2024 sets pace for UK-India ties in crucial election year

India Global Forum's keenly awaited ‘IGF London 2024 – Pathways to a Limitless Future' gets underway this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London.

The sixth edition of the signature week-long event comes at a pivotal time, immediately following the results of the Indian parliamentary election results and just over a week away from the UK's General Election on July 4. Therefore, IGF Forum – the inaugural session of IGF London 2024, will delve into the outcome of the Indian elections and look ahead to what it means for the bilateral relationship, besides analysing the wider geopolitical implications.

Manoj Ladwa, Founder and Chairman, India Global Forum (IGF), said: “As we gather against the backdrop of democratic milestones in the world’s oldest and largest democracies, we have a unique opportunity to turn uncertainty and the headwinds of change into opportunities. As we enter a new era in UK-India relations, we need new ideas—not just for these two nations, but for global partners.

“This week, IGF London will be a catalyst for ideas, collaborations, and conversations, driving innovation, economic growth, and social progress worldwide. Leveraging this bilateral relationship's unique shared values and strengths, we aim to tackle global challenges and create a collaborative platform for a brighter future. Together, we can build pathways to a limitless future.”

India’s newly sworn-in Minister for Railways, Information & Broadcasting, Electronics & IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw, will make his first global virtual address since the national elections, and outline the Modi 3.0 Government’s immediate priorities, as well as how global partners can participate in the “Viksit Bharat” initiative – the country’s ambitious goal of becoming a developed nation by 2047.

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In a session titled ‘It’s a Woman’s India,’ Former Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani will be sharing her insights on the evolving role of women in India's socio-economic landscape and highlighting the Indian government’s initiatives aimed at empowering women.

To explore how businesses can best invest in and benefit from India’s growth story, industry leaders, including Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon, and Rain Newton-Smith, CEO, Confederation of Business Industry, Sanjeev Sanyal, Member – Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, among others, will provide their perspectives.

Ahead of the UK elections, IGF Forum will also raise and address many pressing questions concerning the incoming British government, including the implications of the free trade agreement (FTA) and the 2030 Roadmap for UK-India relations. In a nonpartisan demonstration of the significance of the strategic partnership with India, IGF London is an important pitstop on the campaign trail for both, the Conservative and Labour Parties.

A year after Labour Party Leader Sir Keir Starmer outlined his vision to reset his party’s strained ties with India at IGF Forum, Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy will be addressing the gathering, providing his perspectives on the future of strategic partnership between UK and India and the broader geopolitical landscape. Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia will also be addressing the session.

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IGF Forum will host a series of high-profile speakers from across the political and diplomatic spectrum, business leaders, and policy experts. The inaugural day will also feature a big announcement by renowned authors Jeffery Archer and Amish Tripathi.

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