LONDON: As a part of his ‘LondonIsOpen campaign’ launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan to show that London is united and open for business – Khan is touring India and Pakistan to lead trade missions in both countries. The six-day trip involves visiting Mumbai, Amritsar, Delhi, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Sadiq Khan’s first stop was Mumbai and so far it has been nothing less than Insta-worthy! He checked out the QPR South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenge which is owned by Ranbir Kapoor, so you know they definitely met.
And the winners of the challenge go to London for Training so the mayor said ‘hi’ in advance. “It’s an honour to support @QPRFC’s Talent Hunt and announce the first girls to win,” he tweeted.
He made a trip to Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya (Gandhi Museum). And in the evening, he met with the creative industry at a reception hosted in his honour by Mukesh Ambani and Karan Johar.
“An honour to meet cricketing legend – The Master Sachin,” the Mayor tweeted. He even got to a chance to speak to the cricketer about his plans to make London the sporting capital of the world.
He was quite excited to meet Amitabh Bachchan and captioned their photo: Fantastic meeting the godfather of Bollywood. And of course it goes without saying that his meet with SRK was memorable. “Wonderful meeting acting legend Shah Rukh Khan,” he wrote.
Kat seemed to have impressed him the most though, “Great to meet British Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif. Her success is yet another example of the deep connection between our two great cities and our booming film industries.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan is leading a trade mission to India and Pakistan, will be meeting top business figures from the IT industry to Bollywood with a view to boosting economic and cultural ties with London.
The visit, the first by a British politician to both countries in recent times, will see the Mayor take to a number of subcontinent’s citites. “As someone whose grandparents were born in India, and whose parents moved to London from Pakistan, I feel a deep affinity for the subcontinent,” the Mayor said.
“But what excites me most about this trip is that I know it can deliver real benefits for Londoners. Benefits in terms of business and trade, jobs and investment, and in terms of cultural and technological exchange.”
High on the agenda is spreading the message that London is open to those looking to work, visit or study following the EU referendum. Students from India contribute £130m a year to the capital’s economy. “I am passionate about showing that my city will always be open to engaging with partners from around the world,” the Mayor said. Indian companies invest more in the UK than in the rest of Europe combined, employing some 110,000 people in the country, while bilateral trade between the UK and Pakistan is valued at £2 billion.