British Deputy High Commissioner Bharat Joshi is hopeful that UK companies can help in the development of Kochi as a smart city.
“We are very excited on the opportunities. In fact we can deliver a smart city–make Kochi a nicer place,” Joshi said after the meeting.
UK have prior experience in building smart cities like London and Manchester and this experience will be used to develop smart cities in India, including Kochi.
As many as 20 of UK’s most innovative companies have concluded their two-day visit to Kochi to explore partnership opportunities.
The mission will build on existing UK support to Kochi, including for their smart city bid and work on urban master-planning in Aluva.
The business delegation was part of Birtish Prime Minister Theresa May visit to New Delhi.
The UK invests more in India than the US and Japan combined and India is the third largest investor in the UK. Minister Narendra Modi had announced the partnership between the two countries during his visit to the UK in November 2015.