Recent press coverage of Indian Professionals Forum events and activities included highlights of the inaugural event at Chatham House with a focus on post-Brexit free trade and high skilled immigration.
The British Press emphasised how a "Winning Partnership" will emerge between India and UK after Brexit. However a free trade agreement between India and UK may not be concluded by 2030. This deal will include freer movement of professionals between India and UK and also will imply that Britain will have to agree higher levels of immigration of skilled persons from India. It is very much in Britain's interest to welcome Indian Professionals, students and investment and have stronger and deeper relationship with India.
A Winning partnership will benefit both countries as India becomes third largest global economy by 2030. UK has initiated a number of working group with India to begin discussions on future trading relationships to address barriers, liberalise trade and to secure more outward looking global market for British Businesses. A trade deal with India could increase British exports by £2bn per year according to the Daily Telegraph.
Indian Press coverage focused on how the new Forum would act as a powerful voice for Indian Professionals has been welcomed as Britain leaves EU.
Y K Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK was quoted as saying "A general forum of Indian professionals was a void that needed to be filled.
There are a very large number of Indian professionals in diverse fields across the UK, making an invaluable contribution to the UK and also to India-UK relations,"
He said that as Indian professionals will play an important role in defining the "contours of a winning partnership between India and the UK", freer movement of professionals between the two countries will be central to any mutually beneficial agreement in the future.