raises visa issues with UK
New Delhi, Jan 21, 2009
India on Tuesday raised the issue of visa problems faced by the
Indian industry in the United Kingdom at the India-UK Joint Economic
Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting in New Delhi.
"I have raised the issue of visa with the British Secretary
of State for Business and Enterprise, Lord Peter Mandelson...in
certain type of visa sometimes there is a problem. I hope we will
see some progress in this," Commerce and Industry Minister
Kamal Nath said after the meeting in New Delhi.
The visa and work permit problems faced by the industry pertain
to duration and extension.
Nath said there is a need for clarity, uniformity and transparency
He said there is a potential for trade and investment flows between
India and the UK in the areas of manufacturing, financial services,
skill development and infrastructure.
"Businesses have a very important role in the JETCO process"
He added that the challenging global economic situation required
both the countries to look at new ways of enhancing business engagement
and creating opportunities.
Stressing that healthcare industry is one of the sectors that can
promote trade,Nath said the JETCO group has discussed the issue.
The bilateral trade during 2007-08 stood at 12 billion dollars.
Major items of export to UK during the fiscal were garments, cotton,
petroleum, machinery, manufactures of metals, gems and jewellery
and transport equipment while imports from the UK included pearls,
precious and semi-precious stones, electronic goods, machinery,
non-ferrous metals and professional instruments.
The cumulative foreign direct investment inflows during 1991-2008
was 5.03 billion US dollar.