Express News Service Posted online: Saturday , Mar 13, 2010 at 0258 hrs
Kolkata : Having arrived a day ago as part of his first visit to Kolkata, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, on Friday referred to West Bengal as the ‘intellectual powerhouse’ of the country. “I am clear that West Bengal continues to be the intellectual powerhouse of India,” he said.
As the United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade, Andrew expressed concern over the environmental impact of global warming over Sunderbans. “The threat (of global warning) will resonate strongly in this part of India, in particular with the low-lying Sunderbans delta,” said Andew.
Addressing the representatives of the business community at a seminar on “UK-India Business partnership: Low carbon Economy’ organised by the Confedertaion of Indian Industry (CII) and British Deputy High Commission, the Prince said that trade between two countries was worth 12.6 billion pounds last year and India was one the biggest inward investors in UK and UK is the European investor to India.
Andrew said the transition to low carbon companies is creating business opportunities and UK is one of the most preferred markets for such products. “Many of the new generation of low carbon companies have been born directly out of university research, operating at a forefront of nano-technology, bio technology and computer science,” he said. The Prince also took a boat ride today and visited an old ship construction company in the city.
“I took an early morning boat ride on the Hooghly this morning while on a visit to Garden Reach ship-builders, which is being modernised by British assistance,” said Andrew.