IGF hosted our Annual Diwali Reception in association with Standard Chartered at the Taj Hotel, Buckingham Gate on 18 October 2022. We used this special occasion to thank friends of IGF and those who have helped strengthen the UK-India partnership.
The wonderful evening dedicated to the ‘Festival of Lights' was marked by the presence of leading figures from business, public service, arts, and media from the UK-India corridor. We were delighted to have senior representatives of the UK Government, Shadow Cabinet, and Indian High Commission grace the event and share their views on the exciting future of bilateral ties between the two nations.
India Global Forum is a real symbol of how great the contribution that British Asians & Indians all over the world make on the world stage.
Secretary of State for the Home Department, UK Government
The Indian community has enriched the UK in many ways & I am keen to strengthen our bonds with India.
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, UK Government
Diwali is a family time & important we stick together as family as we work towards that UK-India trade deal.
Shadow Foreign Minister, Asia & the Pacific, UK Government
The goal of doubling India-UK trade by 2030 needs to be applauded & championed.
Global Head of Global Subsidiaries & Head of Client Coverage, UK, Standard Chartered
We talk about the strong links but it is up to us to make sure the living bridge delivers by investing in the bond of trust between India & UK.
Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia and the United Nations, UK Government
India and UK are negotiating a free trade agreement; talks are progressing well & the deal is more important than the date.
Minister of State for Trade Policy, Government of United Kingdom
We in the Labour Party long & hope we will get a trade deal with India & we hope the visa obstacles will be overcome.
Shadow Secretary of State, UK Government
You don’t understand India without understanding its culture & you don’t understand that culture without a celebration of Diwali; the message at its heart being good always triumphs over evil.
Parliamentarian, House of Lords
The Global economy is experiencing serious headwinds, but India continues to be a bright spot.
Acting High Commissioner of India to the UK, High Commission of India