Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
The Mayor of London will visit the two nations later this year to promote business and cultural links.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will visit India and Pakistan later this year to promote the capital.
He will meet senior politicians, business leaders and city chiefs in six major cities on a six-day mission to strengthen their economic and cultural ties with London.
The mayor will visit Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar in India, before heading to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi in Pakistan.
Khan is the first major British politician to embark on a trade mission to both countries in recent times.
The ‘London is Open’ campaign will be the theme of his first official visit to both countries.
He will proclaim that London remains the world’s number-one destination for business, investment, talent and ideas during a series of high-profile events and meetings.
And he will seek to demonstrate that, despite the EU Referendum vote, London continues to welcome people from across the world to work, study or visit.
Khan said: “As someone whose grandparents were born in India, and whose parents moved to London from Pakistan, I feel a deep affinity for the subcontinent.
"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.
“This is a really important mission as there are so many areas in which London can work with its counterparts across India and Pakistan. Not only in business but in tackling some of the biggest challenges we all face – such as air pollution and climate change.
“I am passionate about showing that my city will always be open to engaging with partners from around the world, and I look forward to strengthening the bonds between London and our friends in India and Pakistan later this year.”
The itinerary for the mayor’s visit is still being finalised but in both India and Pakistan he will meet with senior politicians, business leaders, artists, investors and entrepreneurs to discuss common areas of interest and opportunities to work together.
The mayor will be accompanied by deputy mayor for business, Rajesh Agrawal, and a packed agenda in both countries is expected to include discussions on business and investment, regeneration opportunities, visas and major events.
Between 2005 and 2016 the UK was the second largest destination for Indian investment and 44 per cent of the fastest growing Indian companies now have a base in London.