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UK Participates in the 5th Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit

In a recent visionary initiative, the UK Government participated in the 5th Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit held at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali.

“The UK is delighted to be a partner country at the 5th Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit,” said Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh.

Strengthening International Relations

Earlier in the day, Caroline Rowett, along with colleagues from the British High Commission, New Delhi, and UK companies participating in the summit, welcomed Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, at the UK Pavilion, introduced him to British companies and discussed ways to strengthen UK-Punjab co-operation.

Later in the day, Caroline Rowett, also addressed the gathering at the United Kingdom (UK) and Punjab Country Session.

Besides Caroline Rowett, Lord Diljit Rana, Member of Parliament, House of Lords, United Kingdom; Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjer, Minister of Local Government, Punjab; and JM Balamurugan, Principal Secretary, NRI Affairs, Punjab; also addressed the gathering.

Making a Difference

The key UK companies which participated in the summit include Genus ABS (Agriculture – Dairy), InQube (Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security), Bikal (Defence), Global Surgery Unit-University of Birmingham (Healthcare and Medical), and Endo Energy Systems UK (Engineering).

On this occasion, UK company, Bikal, signed a memorandum of intent (MoI) with IIT Ropar. Bikal is a product development company that creates Artificial Intelligence and 5G based tech, largely from university research. The tech transfer process requires intense modelling on high-performance computer servers, and Bikal partners with cities to develop these centres for their local use and to generate a tech ecosystem. IIT Ropar is a leading university and research institution that focuses on defence and security research, complementing Bikal’s work with law enforcement and economic crime detection tech. This memorandum of intent is for Bilkal to develop a HPC data centre in Punjab and enable IIT Ropar to commercialise more of their research.

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