Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to Leave for Three Day Official Visit to UK Tomorrow; To Unveil Statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday at Parliament Square, London; To Meet UK PM Mr David Ca

Press Release ID: 116863
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015
Ministry: Ministry of Finance

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley is leaving tomorrow for a three day official visit to London, U.K. on the invitation of the British Government. The Finance Minister will arrive in London tomorrow evening. On Friday, 13th March, 2015, the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will hold a bilateral meeting with his U.K. counterpart and Chancellor of Exchequer Mr. George Osborne and will discuss various bilateral and multilateral economic and financial issues. Both the leaders will also discuss the economic situation in the two countries as well as overall global economic situation.

The Union Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will also hold a meeting with the Institutional Investors organised by M/s J.P. Morgan. He will also participate in an Investors’ Meeting organised by U.K.-India Business Council (UKIBC), FICCI and High Commission of India, London. The Finance Minister will also visit London Stock Exchange (LSE) and will also hold meeting there as well.

The Finance Minister will later inaugurate the branch of Union Bank of India in London.

On Saturday, 14th March, 2015, the Union Finance Minister Shri Jaitley will unveil the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square, London. The UK Foreign Secretary and Chancellor had earlier announced plans for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiration for non-violent civil rights’ movements around the world, to be erected in Parliament Square. The statue of the Father of the nation will be the 11th Statue to be erected there in Parliament Square standing alongside with world leaders like Britan’s war-time PM Winston Churchill and South African leader Nelson Mandela The bronze statue will be the focal point for the commemoration this summer of the 100th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa to start the struggle for self rule. Gandhi ji has a particular connection to London having studied there like so many young and talented Indians who even go there today for studies.

The Finance Minister will also later on meet the Prime Minister of U.K. Mr. David Cameron. In the late evening, the Finance Minister will leave for back home and will reach the national capital on Sunday morning, 15th March, 2015.

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