Below is the text of Mr Major’s statement at Bangalore Airport on 9th January 1997.
I am delighted, at the invitation of Prime Minister Deve Gowda, to be visiting his home state of Karnataka and its capital, Bangalore.
Karnataka, and Bangalore in particular, have become synonymous with the growth and economic dynamism of the new India. British business is keen and well placed to play a significant part in that growth. Many leading British companies, such as Rolls Royce, British Aerospace, Coats Viyella, Brooke Bond, Lipton India Ltd, to name but a few, are already well established in Karnataka. Others, like Kvaerner John Brown Engineering (India) and Courtaulds Coatings, are more recently arrived. The President of the Board of Trade and a group of some fifty very senior representatives from a wide range of British business are accompanying me. They will be looking for further opportunities to expand the two-
During my visit, I look forward to visiting:
I also look forward to meeting representatives of the British charity Action Aid, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year and have their all-
In short, my visit will be an excellent opportunity to identify new business and investment opportunities in Karnataka, which can be developed to the mutual benefit of our two countries.