India's minister of state for IT and Communications Sachin Pilot was in London in October 2010 to participate in the Technology World show. While he had to cut short his visit to fly back to New·Delhi, other key members of his delegation·conducted a tour of technological hubs like Ipswich, Cambridge and Manchester.·The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) led initiative includes·members of the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) and·National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
UKIBC chair Patricia Hewitt said: "Because both India and Britain have great strengths in IT services and digital media, a closer partnership will be a win for both countries. While India's IT sector is renowned worldwide, Britain's world-leading technology is not always as well known. This visit will be an opportunity to showcase Britain's outstanding academic research and leading companies, large and small, and to encourage more partnerships between Indian and British entrepreneurs."
The unparalleled growth in the Indian IT, digital media and electronics sectors has created immense opportunities for British companies to do business with India. While there has been some success, there is enormous untapped opportunity. In order to help UK companies access that opportunity, UKIBC launched the UK India Technology Forum along with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in September 2010.··It aims to reach out to companies in fields as varied as computer games, film post-production, specialist software.
Welcoming the delegation to BT's R&D centre at Adastral Park, BT chairman Sir Mike Rake said:"'The relationship between India and the UK is very important at multiple levels, including the trade and growth agendas. BT has a large footprint in India working with the vibrant Indian communications and technology sector, and serving multinational businesses within India; and also seeking better to serve Indian multinationals as they go global. Further developing the structures for business and technology cooperation, and for exchange of best practice, is extremely valuable."