Narendra Modi’s Focus on boosting Trade & Investment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a visit to Britain on Thursday (November 12) that he hopes will yield trade deals worth billions of dollars and a boost to his authority after a damaging electoral failure back home. Bruised by his defeat in Bihar election last Sunday after a campaign in which he played a prominent part, Modi is seeking to regain the political initiative by increasing investment and growth. Diplomats say deals worth 8-12 billion pounds ($12-18 billion) could be signed during his visit to London, with the Indian leader keen to buy 20 more BAE Systems Hawk trainer aircraft to be made in Bengaluru. The emotional high point of the visit is likely to be a mass rally at Wembley Stadium on Friday (November 13) during which Modi will address some 60,000 supporters from the Indian diaspora in Britain, which numbers 1.5 million. Modi, paying the first visit to Britain by an Indian prime minister since 2006, is expected to receive a rapturous welcome in scenes that allies hope will reassert his authority and standing on the world stage after the blow in Bihar.

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