On Thursday 25th January, Derby welcomes a delegation of officials and businesses from the city of Kolkata in West Bengal.

The visitors will meet Councillors, officers and business leaders from the city to sign a memorandum of understanding and also go on a tour visiting a variety of businesses around the city.

Building links with overseas markets is in line with one of our 50 key Pledges and doing so is a vital part of guaranteeing the future economic prosperity of the city. We have already established a strong link with Hefei in China in the past couple of years and we hope the link with India will prove as successful. We have an ambitious vision for our future where jobs and businesses are growing and we have the infrastructure to create a city for the future.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance said:

“We are delighted to welcome this delegation to Derby and to show what we have to offer. We are committed to exploring the opportunities a partnership brings, opening doors to joint business ventures and inward investment, creating opportunities in education, culture and tourism and also creating lasting friendships.”

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port.

Dr Rajeev Singh, Director-General of the Indian Chamber of Commerce said:.

“West Bengal has been attracting an increasing amount of foreign business interest in recent years, which has encouraged businesses to develop trade and investment links further afield. Derby and the surrounding regions offer mutual opportunities for businesses in both regions, and I am glad to be exploring these through an important first trade delegation.”