The chief minister of the east Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Sunday (26) said she was expecting a number of agreements to be signed during her five-day visit to Britain.
Banerjee told reporters before her departure, “We are hopeful about attracting investment to make West Bengal an ideal destination.”
In response to a question if she was foreseeing her four-year old dream to turn Kolkata into London would come a step closer with this visit, she said, “Let’s go there first (age jaoa jak).
“We are all going there together (amra eksathe jachhi),” she added, apparently referring to the team accompanying her.
The tour could pave way for agreements on health, education and other social sectors, finance minister Amit Mitra had said earlier.
Apart from Mitra, three Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O’Brien, academician and party MP Sugato Bose, actor Deepak Adhikari (Deb), Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, several officials, ITC chairman YC Deveshwar, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka and Ambuja Neotia Group Chairman Harsh Neotia were part of the team.
Among other engagements, Banerjee would attend a meeting of UKIBC and FICCI to discuss various issues related to business opportunities in the state, they said.
The chief minister is also set to meet British employment minister Priti Patel at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where the agreements would be signed.
In addition, she will pay floral tributes at the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, and will attend a cultural event at the Natural History Museum.