Ratan Tata for deeper Indo-British biz ties

Ratan Tata for deeper Indo-British biz ties Mumbai: Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of USD 100-billion Tata Group, Monday called for deeper partnership between India and UK, saying it would serve both the countries, apart from tapping the potential of Asia and Africa.

"If India and England could be partners, both can not only serve the large Indian market but also cater to the third-party markets together.....Like Asia and Africa," Tata said while addressing a luncheon session visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron had with India Inc at Taj Hotel.

Tata Group patriarch also said his companies' experience in England has been very positive.

After the buyout of one of the largest British steel companies Corus and the iconic car brands Jaguar and Land Rover, Tata Group is now the largest manufacturer in England.

"It has been a very pleasant experience in Britain; the value and the manner in which the government supports us," Tata said lauding the business environment in UK.

He also said that the group had made the ambitious investments in steel and auto sector in Britain, without factoring in the financial meltdown.

"We had no idea that there will be a financial meltdown in Europe, hence our rather ambitious investments," Tata said, adding while Jaguar and Land Rover is a great success story, the steel industry is facing problem due to the demand slowdown in the Euro region.

PTI