UK and India trade relations under the spotlight

At a time of trade wars and great uncertainties for multilateral cooperation, the importance of trade, foreign direct investment, business and regulations between the UK and India is being explored at a major conference in Portsmouth this week.

UK and India trade relations are under the spotlight .

Delegates from around the world will take part in the two-day conference, hosted by the University of Portsmouth on 14 and 15 June, to look at the current trends, societal challenges and post-Brexit prospects.

Topics under discussion include current bilateral trade relations, rules and regulations impacting societal issues (such as corporate social responsibility, human rights and anti-corruption), dispute settlements and many other trade and investment related issues.

Conference co-organiser Professor Leïla Choukroune, Professor of international Law and Director of the Democratic Citizenship research theme at the University of Portsmouth, said: “While India is celebrating 70 years of independence, Brexit puts the UK-India partnership for ‘shared values and global capability’ to a new fundamental test.

“With government, business and civil society representatives attending the conference panels, we are reaching out to a large audience and contributing to public debate, on-going trade negotiations and future treaties between India and the UK.”

The conference is jointly organised by the University of Portsmouth and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Additional partners are the Centre for International Trade and Investment Law at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the South Asian University (SAU), both based in New Delhi, India.

It is hoped that the event will help establish longer-term cooperation between the different institutions, working towards joint publications and funding bid applications.

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