The Mayor was busy in India last week on a visit to boost business ties between London and the country. He went to the key trade hubs of Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai where he met various business leaders.
While there, the Mayor made 15 speeches, held four top level political meetings and attended five private business engagements to encourage international trade with London, and promote opportunities for exporting expertise to India’s emerging markets.
He also met top politicians including Kamal Nath, India's Minister of Urban Development, and chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit, to discuss how London and the UK's firms could benefit from investment, particularly relating to the huge infrastructure projects India is due to start.
On the fourth day of his visit, the Mayor hosted a roundtable with senior figures from India's film and TV industry to showcase London as a great film location. The Mayor later announced that two Indian films will be shot in London next year – Housefull 3, the next instalment of India's hugely successful Housefull franchise, and Kick, with Bollywood star Salman Khan.
The Mayor said: '2012 has been another bumper year for movie-making in London and I want to make it as easy as possible to film in the city, whether you want to feature an iconic landmark as a backdrop, take advantage of our second to none post-production facilities, or be amongst the first to use our incredible Olympic Park as a location.'
During his trip to the world’s second fastest growing economy, the Mayor spoke at Indian technical college Amity, which has announced its commitment to expanding its London campus. He highlighted the first class higher education opportunities we have for overseas students and also addressed the Indian School of Business to promote London as the 'Technology capital of Europe'.
Sports stars Lawrence Dallaglio and Kevin Pietersen joined the Mayor to visit the Magic Bus, a project that helps disadvantaged children across India. During the visit, the Mayor took part in a game of football with some of the children the project supports.