Mamata to leave for UK on Sunday to attract investment

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would leave for the UK on July 26 on a six-day tour heading an over 90-member entourage in a bid to attract investment to the state.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015, 23:52 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would leave for the UK on July 26 on a six-day tour heading an over 90-member entourage in a bid to attract investment to the state.

The team would have Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra, nearly 50-member business delegation, three Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O'Brien, Sugato Bose and actor Deepak Adhikari (Deb), Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and several officials.

ITC chairman Y C Deveshwar, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka and Ambuja Neotia Group chairman Harsh Neotia would be there in the business delegation.

Industrialist Sanjay Budhia, who is also in the delegation, said he is hopeful that the trip would bring investment in tourism, health and infrastructure sectors.

Eighteen members from the media and 11 others from the cultural world are included in the entourage, officials said tonight after Banerjee briefed the members of her entourage.

Banerjee's trip to London was finalised following an invitation of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

However, there will not be any meeting between Banerjee and Cameron as the latter will not be in the country during that time.

The tour could pave way for agreements on health, education and other social sectors, Mitra had said earlier.

Banerjee's six-day trip, which will project West Bengal as an ideal destination for investment, would begin with a conference of British CEOs at the UK India Business Council meet on July 27.

She would also attend a meeting of UKIBC and FICCI to discuss various issues related to business opportunities in the state on the same day.

The CM would also meet the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, at the Buckingham Palace, officials said.

Banerjee would meet British Employment Minister Priti Patel at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office where several MoUs would be signed.

On July 28, she would meet several business delegates, secretaries and partners who would also sign some MoUs.

She would pay floral tributes at the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindra Nath Tagore, the officials said adding, there would also be a cultural event in the evening at the Natural History Museum.

She would return to Kolkata on July 31.