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Posted: September 14, 2007
Leading Lights of UK Nanotechnology Depart for Trade Mission to India
(Nanowerk News) The first trade mission since the since the birth of the India-UK JETCO Nanotechnology Working Group will commence in New Delhi on September 18th. Organised in partnership by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the mission represents industry and academia working at the cutting edge of UK nanotechnology.
Participants will engage with scientists, manufacturers and innovators with a view to developing collaborations and partnerships and furthering bilateral trade.
Highlights of the visit will be the ASSOCHAM Summit and dinner in New Delhi, a visit to the Oncology Centre at Nanavati hospital in Mumbai and a meeting with the Head of R&D at Tata Steel in Kolkata.
Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, Minister for Trade and Investment, said of the forthcoming nanotechnology trade mission:
"Both India and the UK recognise the importance of nanotechnology and both countries have made exciting progress in scientific research and nurturing R&D outcomes through innovation to market. Good examples already in place are establishment of a UK base for the Indian Centre for Applied nanotechnology (I-CAN) in London and collaborations between Cambridge and Kolkata universities.
"The recently signed nanotechnology JETCO agreement endorsed by our two countries symbolises our joint determination to accelerate progress by sharing experiences and driving trade between our countries."
A reciprocal trade mission from India to the UK will attend UK NanoForum 2007 in London on November 27th and, during the week, visit three centres of excellence in nanotechnology across the UK.
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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded over 111 years ago, it is India's premier business association, with a direct membership of over 6300 organisations from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 companies from around 336 national and regional sectoral associations. www.ciionline.org
India-UK JETCO Nanotechnology Working Group The India-UK Joint Economic & Trade Committee Nanotechnology Working Group is the latest component of the initiative under the India-UK JETCO initiative launched by Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, and Tony Blair in 2004. The Working Group is co-chaired by Dr Arup K Chatterjee (Innovation Centre for Applied Nanotechnology) and David Sharp (UK Trade & Investment S&T Team) and aims to create the environment in which collaboration may be initiated.
Participants in Trade Mission
Professor Ejaz Huq, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) www.stfc.ac.uk
Professor Raymond Oliver, Director, Science & Innovation Cenamps www.cenamps.com
Dr Dorian Dixon, Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster www.nibec.ulster.ac.uk
Dr. Paul Reip, QinetiQ Nanomaterials Ltd. www.nano.qinetiq.com
Professor Jeremy Lakey, Orla Protein Technologies Ltd. www.orlaproteins.com
David Sharp, Co-Chair India-UK JETCO Nanotechnology Working Group www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk
ASSOCHAM The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) is the Indian premier chamber with a membership of over 100,000 companies and professionals across the country. It was established in 1920 by promoter chambers, representing all regions of India. It represents the interests of Indian industry & trade, interfaces with Government on policy issues and interacts with counterpart international organizations to promote bilateral economic collaboration. The JETCO delegation will participate in the ASSOCHAM fifth Global Knowledge Millennium Summit on B2B in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
For more information please contact Ann Peebles in the UKTI press office on 0207 215 8697 or [email protected]