British PM Cameron announces same-day visa service for Indian businessmen

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 14:11 hrs
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New Delhi: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced that his country is going to introduce same-day visa service for Indian businessmen in a bid to accelerate the bilateral trade between the two sides.

"In terms of business, I think we are on track to meet our committed to double our bilateral trade by 2015. We are looking to open British trade offices here to create a pan-India network of British business centres by 2017. We want to make very rapid progress on the EU (European Union)-India Free Trade Agreement and going to bring same-day visa service for the Indian businessmen," Cameron told the media at the Hyderabad House here after his meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

"I have come with the biggest delegation in our history. It includes not just top figures from British business, but also from the top universities, museums, cultural institutions and indeed sports, including premier league football. And I think, it is strong evidence that we want a wide relationship with India," he added.

Cameron further said there would be no limit on the number of Indian students willing to study in British Universities.

"There will absolutely be no limit on numbers of Indian students to study in British Universities. We are also looking ahead about sharing technology to increase the amount of exports between both the countries. We are going to have a new programme of collaboration on cyber security," he added.

Cameron, who is visiting India for the second time as British Prime Minister, arrived in Mumbai yesterday on a three-day visit with the objective to expand bilateral relations in various field including trade, defence, technology, education, sports and culture. 

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