Kerala’s voice heard in ‘British Parliament’
Two young and dynamic politicians from Kerala, Labour Minister Mr.Shibu Baby John and Mr.Anto Antony MP, have become the first to discuss about Kerala as an emerging destination for investors in the hallowed precincts of the British Parliament building.
The occasion was an unprecedented meeting of the UK-Kerala Business Forum in a chamber named after William Pitt, chaired by Virendra Sharma, MP of the House of Commons. The honour was shared by former ambassador Mr.T.P.Sreenivasan, who responded to questions from the British MPs gathered for the occasion. In attendance was a large contingent of British and Kerala businessmen in the UK.
In September 2010 UK-Kerala Business Forum celebrated Onam in the parliament attended by several British parliamentarians.
Mr.Antony spoke of the cultural links between India and the UK and the features that make Kerala an ideal destination for British tourists and investors. He laid out a number of avenues for co-operation between the UK and Kerala and made a convincing case for investments in education, infrastructure, IT, health care, waste management, renewable energy and others.
In the discussion that followed, the British MPs raised a number of questions, including Communism in Kerala, the caste system and tourism potential.
Four prominent Malayalees were honoured in the parliament by the UK Kerala Business Forum. The awards were presented by shadow minister for Employment Mr Stephen Timms MP.
Mr M G George Muthoot, Chairman of Muthoot Group, was presented the ‘Asian Businessman of the Year 2011′ for his hard work in bringing his company as the third most successful company in India. Muthoot has two outlets in the UK.