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India and UK to open trade and markets to support growth

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Amid fears of the global economy edging close to recession, India and UK have agreed to open up trade and markets to support growth, carry out structural reforms and address issues related to cross-border tax evasion.

After talks between India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the two nation’s agreed to boost economic ties particularly in areas of infrastructure and financial services and renewed pledge for autonomical exchange of tax information from 2017.

“From the Indian point of view, we were extremely interested in having the British investors look at infrastructure investments in India for which various possibilities were discussed,” Jaitley said after the talks.

India, he said, is “extremely keen that large British companies, particularly involved in infrastructure financing, start investing in Indian infrastructure”.

The two nations will work together for developing an India-UK partnership fund under the umbrella of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) recently created in India.

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