India-UK affirm shared commitment to Free Trade

Chandigarh, July 25, 2020: India and
UK held the 14th Joint
Economic and Trade Committee
meeting on July
24, 2020, virtually.
It was co-chaired by
Minister for Commerce
and Industry Piyush Goyal
and UK Secretary of State
for International Trade,
Elizabeth Truss.
They were assisted by
Minister of State for Commerce
and Industry Hardeep
Singh Puri and his
counterpart, UK Minister
of State for International
Trade, Ranil Jayawardena.
Minister Goyal and
Truss affirmed their shared
commitment to a Free
Trade Agreement and
towards that, Early Harvest
deals in a staged manner.
MOS Puri and Minister
Jayawardena will have
monthly meetings to intensify
the dialogue.
It was decided that a
meeting led by Minister
Goyal and SOS Truss will
be held in Autumn 2020 in
New Delhi to carry forward
the dialogue.
The Co-chairs of Business
led Joint Working
Groups on Life Science
and Health, ICT and Food
and Drink set up during
the last JETCO made their
recommendations to the
Ministers.
The formal talks were
followed by a plenary session
led by Minister of
State for Commerce and
Industry, Hardeep Singh
Puri, UK Minister of State
for International Trade,
Ranil Jayawardena and
UK Minister of State for
Investment, Gerry Grimstone
interacting with
business leaders which
included Chandrajit
Banerjee, DG, CII and
Alay Piramal, Co-Chair of
the India UK CEOs’
Forum.
Both sides approached
the talks with open minds
and shared commitment to
revival and revitalisation
of the long standing trade
and economic linkages
between India and the UK.
Both sides also resolved
to cooperate in the health
sector especially in view
of the present pandemic of
COVID-19.

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