Mayor meets top politicians in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh

28 November 2012

The Mayor today met with a delegation of senior ministers representing Andhra Pradesh during a visit to the state capital Hyderabad.


Present at the meeting were Mr G. Srinivasa Rao Minister for Infrastructure and Investment State Gov't Andhra Pradesh; Mr Mahudhar Reddy, Minister for Municipal and Urban Development State Gov't Andhra Pradesh and Mr Majid Hussain, Mayor of Hyderabad city.


The Mayor was accompanied by the Mayor's Chief of Staff Sir Edward Lister, and members of the London business delegation, who are travelling with the Mayor in India.


The hour-long discussions at the state government offices covered issues related to infrastructure - such as the state's ambitious new port and airport - regeneration, tourism and economic growth. Hyderabad is India's fastest growing city with a population of 8million people in the state of Andhra Pradesh which totals 82million people.


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "My meeting with the Ministers and the Mayor was a great success and I hope a hugely important next step for London and the UK in our relationship with Hyderabad and the state of Andhra Pradesh.


"We enjoyed fruitful discussions on a range of subjects and around projects where our Indian hosts are actively looking for London's investment and expertise. Areas like water purification and treatment, traffic management systems, the Metro, and hub transport connectivity.


"They even have ambitious plans that would mirror London attractions like the Eye and Madame Tussauds. We have a host of London based companies able to help, equipped with the right knowledge and expertise across a range of sectors."

Notes to editors

The Mayor is on a five day visit to India, accompanied by a delegation of top London business people, to promote London as the destination of choice for investors and international trade. He will be taking part in a series of high-level meetings with Indian business leaders, senior politicians and investors in the key business hubs of Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.


The visit is part of a wider series of trips Boris Johnson is planning to key overseas markets in the next 18 months, including China, Brazil and the Middle East. The aim is to attract foreign investment, promote export, create jobs in the capital and build on the huge exposure London received as a result of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The Mayor’s delegation consists of: Tony Pidgley, Chairman of Berkeley Group; Gadhia, Senior Managing Director Blackstone; Charlie Mayfield, Chairman John Lewis Partnership; Alpna Khera, CEO of Serco India; Gerry Grimstone, Chairman Standard Life and TheCityUK. Also in the Mayor's delegation is Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for planning; Gordon Innes, CEO London&Partners; David Parfitt, Chair Film London; and David Waboso, Director of Capital Programmes Transport for London. The Mayor’s mission has also been supported by UK Trade & Investment London Region and the Foreign Office.