On Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi headed a virtual summit with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to strengthen their bilateral ties to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’.
The Roadmap 2030 was launched during the Summit that would pave the way for further expansion of India-UK cooperation across five key areas, people relationship, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate action and healthcare.
The Roadmap would provide guidance for the cooperation in the next ten years that would cover all aspects of India-UK multi-faceted relations. The two Prime Ministers launched an ‘Enhanced Trade Partnership’ (ETP) between the two nations and in order to set up an ambitious target of bilateral trade by 2030.
India and the UK agreed on a roadmap to negotiate Free Trade Agreement (FTA), including consideration of an Interim Trade Agreement for delivery of early gains. A new India-UK ‘Global Innovation Partnership’ was declared that aims to support Indian innovations.
Both countries agreed to cooperate on new and emerging technologies, that included Digital and ICT products to work on supply chain flexibility. The bilateral countries agreed to strengthen defence and security ties, that included maritime, counter-terrorism and cyberspace domains.
The countries exchanged their views on regional and global issues of mutual interest that included cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and G7. They repeated their commitment to climate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Later this year, India-UK agreed to engage themselves in CoP26 hosted by the UK.