GLA Offices in India II

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-01-27
Session date: 
January 27, 2010
Reference: 
2010/0309
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In view of the size of the Indian economy, and the Economist's recent assessment that such developing economies have grown in global importance due to their having escaped the worst consequences of the recession, how do you intend to promote the interests of London in India if there are no LDA offices in either Delhi or Mumbai?

Answer

Answer for GLA Offices in India II

Answer for GLA Offices in India II

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise the importance of the Indian economy, and am committed to continuing our excellent relationship with India, not least because of the potential benefits to London in terms of inward investment, job creation, student numbers and tourism.

We are currently examining options for the most effective method of promoting London's position overseas, including India, and this may involve the option of having overseas representative offices.

The position in India currently is that the LDA's representatives in Mumbai and Delhi resigned last year and have not yet been replaced pending the outcome of this review. However, the LDA has maintained the necessary licences and registration to allow the recruitment of new officers should we conclude that that is in the best interests of London.