A Diaspora Dividend
Important post-Brexit relations between the UK and India were the focus of the newly appointed High Commissioner of India Her Excellency Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, in her first public speech at London’s Chatham House (Tuesday 27 November).
Britain and India face generational societal challenges as they adapt to global tectonic changes: climate change, 4th Industrial Revolution, geopolitics and geo-economics to name a few. Though the full impact may still not be fully imagined, the consequences of these forces are already unfolding. However, resting on laurels of past or even current successes is unlikely to be the best strategy if either country is to rise to the challenges of the coming decades.
With this in mind, a number of questions posed here can assist in galvanizing the entrepreneurial spirit amongst UK’s Indian professional community and ultimately implement a framework to direct specific collaboration, investments and community engagement:
Earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an ambitious plan to give 100 million families free access to health care. With some commentators comparing the new public health insurance scheme to the NHS in the UK, the question of the central position of health care in the bilateral relationship between the two countries is as pertinent as ever.
The panelists at our Chatham House event will reflect on how India and the UK can collaborate on health care policy and provision. After 70 years, what lessons learned can the NHS share with India? Can resourceful and low-cost innovations developed in India be adapted to the British system and, if so, how? And with India’s health care market estimated to grow to $280 billion by 2020, what will be the role of the private sector as India attempts to build a ‘safety-net’ for its poorest citizens?