The inaugural IPF meeting expert panel discussion covered a number of topics including:
In candid statements at the inaugural Indian Professionals Forum at Chatham House, the High Commissioner to India H.E. Y K Sinha, stated that a mutually beneficial UK-India Free Trade Agreement has to include freer movement of professionals and high skilled labour.
Sir Vince Cable and Indian High Commissioner to the UK make keynote speeches at Chatham House launch event
Making sure the voice of Indian professionals in the UK is heard as the UK government takes important decisions on Brexit and after is the objective of a new network, the Indian Professionals Forum (IPF) that met at Chatham House, London, for the first time last night (Wednesday 22 November).
Keynote addresses at the Indian Professionals Forum (IPF) event were given by Liberal Democrats Leader The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable and the Indian High Commissioner to the UK His Excellency Y K Sinha.
This was followed by a panel discussion featuring Chatham House’s Asia Programme Head Dr Champa Patel, ICICI Bank UK CEO Sudhir Dole, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s India Practice Chair Chris Parsons, Centre for Economics & Business Research Deputy Chairman Douglas McWilliams and Red Ribbon Asset Management PLC Founder Suchit Punnose.
Links between the two countries are strong. The 2011 Census for England and Wales showed Indian was the third largest ethnic group with 1.4 million people (2.5% of the population). Roughly half the UK’s 2 million Indians are highly skilled professionals, working in business, government, healthcare, education, technology and other sectors.