17:21 18 February 2013
The UK’s PM has said he hopes for a partnership with India, which relates to changes being made to visa access in return for trading with the country. David Cameron announced that he wishes for "one of the great partnerships of the 21st century".
The news comes after Mr. Cameron, who is on his second visit to India as PM, visited Mumbai in India as part of his three-day trip. This relates to the subject of the trade mission.
He said: “I want Britain and India to have such a special relationship...India’s rise is going to be one of the great phenomena of the 21 Century. Britain wants to be your partner of choice.”
The deal is expected to mean that more Indian students and business people will be able to access UK visas. In return, the PM hopes India can help UK businesses to operate there. He said that he hopes India can let Britain invest in Indian markets.
While at the headquarters of the Unilever group in Mumbai, the PM told a crowd: “Britain is an open economy and we encourage that investment.”
He added: “I think, in return, we should be having a conversation about opening up the Indian economy, making it easier to do business here, allowing insurance and banking companies to do more foreign direct investment into the Indian economy.”
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