Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is currently visiting India to mark a new scheme that allows young people from the UK and India to live and work in each other’s countries for up to 2 years. The scheme was announced by the Home Secretary earlier this week and will enable up to 3,000 Brits and 3,000 Indians a year to take advantage of new opportunities.
The Foreign Secretary is expected to discuss progress on the UK-India 2030 Roadmap with his counterpart, External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, during a meeting in New Delhi. The roadmap aims to strengthen the ties between the two countries in areas such as defense and security, trade, and investment.
During his visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, the Foreign Secretary will mark the opening of the Young Professionals Scheme. This ambitious new partnership between the UK and India aims to foster deeper collaboration in technology and innovation.
In addition, the Foreign Secretary will announce the creation of the UK’s first Tech Envoy to the Indo-Pacific region, which will prioritize boosting ties with India. This role demonstrates the UK’s commitment to the region and tech-diplomacy and will enable the envoy to work with partners on areas of shared interest, such as global technology standards and solving challenges through innovative technology.
India is an emerging global leader in technology, with 108 start-ups gaining the unicorn status of a private company valued at over $1 billion. The Young Professionals Scheme and Tech Envoy role illustrate the UK’s commitment to boosting partnerships in India and across South Asia.
The Foreign Secretary will also attend the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting, where he will work with partners to advance global efforts on food and energy security, climate change, and development. He will also continue to call out Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and work with partners to mitigate its global impacts.
Furthermore, the Foreign Secretary will address an India-Europe business event in the capital, where he will reaffirm the UK’s commitment to concluding a Free Trade Agreement with India. The UK-India trading relationship is already worth £34 billion and is growing rapidly.
This visit by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly highlights the UK’s commitment to strengthening ties with India in key areas such as technology, trade, and diplomacy. The Young Professionals Scheme and Tech Envoy role are significant milestones in the UK-India partnership and will enable both countries to benefit from new opportunities for growth and innovation.