Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth within the UK International, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) mentioned science and know-how partnerships between the UK and India are already enjoying an important position to sort out essentially the most urgent world challenges, together with ending the COVID-19 pandemic via joint work to offer doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured in India, to creating nations.
He additionally flagged an enormous scope for increasing current work to sort out local weather change forward of the United Nations COP26 local weather summit, to be held in Glasgow in November.
“The UK and India have a useful partnership, together with tackling COVID-19, with the Serum Institute of India manufacturing doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – drawing our brightest minds collectively to avoid wasting lives as a worldwide pressure for good,” mentioned Lord Ahmad.
“India has quadrupled wind and photo voltaic capability within the final decade and dedicated to internet zero emissions within the Indian Railways by 2030. I noticed first-hand how we are able to work much more intently collectively on tackling local weather motion by sharing our options and experience. Deepening UK-India collaboration will probably be essential to constructing as much as a profitable end result at COP26,” he mentioned.
The minister’s go to coincided with the launch of the UK’s Built-in Overview, which requires a stronger UK deal with Indo-Pacific partnerships, forward of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s go to to India and the UK’s G7 Summit in June which Prime Minister Modi has been invited to affix.
Lord Ahmad’s go to, additionally supposed to put additional groundwork for Johnson’s go to in April, coated conferences with leaders from Tamil Nadu to debate how the UK might share experience with India on offshore wind vitality on the headquarters of India’s Nationwide Institute of Wind Power in Chennai.
The UK has the biggest offshore wind capability on this planet, and the minister mentioned he appears ahead to India attending the World Offshore Wind Summit 2021 in London in September.
The FCDO famous Tamil Nadu’s bold goal for all taxis, two and three wheelers within the state’s six main cities to be electrical by 2030.
Ahmad additionally attended a roundtable at Indian Institute of Expertise (IIT) Madras Analysis Park to construct on hyperlinks between the state and Dundee Council, which is a world-leading metropolis in adoption of electrical autos.
“Each the UK and India are proud signatories to the Paris Settlement, and the UK is eager to work with India forward of COP26 in November to guide the worldwide shift to a low carbon financial system and develop entry to sustainable vitality,” the FCDO notes.
The ministerial agenda additionally coated Delhi, the place Lord Ahmad met with senior Indian authorities ministers and visited the Lotus Temple for a roundtable on freedom of faith and perception. He additionally visited Chandigarh, the place he met with agri-tech companies, earlier than heading to Chennai.
The go to constructed on the assembly between UK International Secretary Dominic Raab and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2020, which set out additional cooperation on medicines and vaccines to handle world healthcare.
“The partnership between the Serum Institute of India and Oxford College demonstrates the UK-India relationship at its finest, making certain creating nations obtain vaccines, and is an ongoing instance of the 2 nations working collectively to avoid wasting lives as a worldwide pressure for good on this planet,” the FCDO mentioned.
The Built-in Overview, launched by Boris Johnson within the Home of Commons earlier this week, units out a brand new international, defence and improvement coverage imaginative and prescient for the UK.
The FCDO highlighted that it makes clear the federal government’s ambition for the UK’s position on this planet and the long-term strategic goals for nationwide safety, improvement and international coverage, together with via enhancing partnerships with nations together with India.
“This may strengthen our safety, construct resilience to world challenges like local weather change and Covid-19 and enhance our strategic benefits via science and know-how,” it mentioned.