November 12, 2013
British PM to meet Mamata Banerjee after the US Secretary of State
British Prime Minister Mr. David Cameron is expected to meet Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, November 14.
Mr. Cameron would be accompanied by a 20-member delegation to explore business opportunities in the state. One of the key meeting grounds is to develop Kolkata as London`s sister city, with beautification of the Hooghly riverfront central to the theme.
Incidentally, US Secretary of State Ms. Hillary Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee at the Writers` Building on May 7, 2012. Terming her trip to Kolkata as remarkable, the US Secretary of State was full of praise for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee; Hillary admired the fact that despite being a woman, Ms. Mamata Banerjee was successful in dislodging the Lefts from power after 34 years. It was the first-ever visit by a US Secretary of State to Writers` Buildings to hold a meeting with a Chief Minister.
The British government`s DFID is helping the Bengal government with funds to restructure the power sector and the ailing public sector enterprises, including state transport corporations. DFID is also funding the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) programme.
Mr. David Cameron would be the first British Prime Minister to visit Kolkata.