Liam Byrne MP, Minister for the West Midlands, gave his strong backing to the Wolverhampton India Project at a meeting in the Civic Centre last night.

Mr Byrne said that the Indian population of the West Midlands gave the region a strategic advantage in an ever more globalised world and that many people outside Wolverhampton had noticed the project and thought it was a good initiative.

The project also received the backing of West Midlands MEP Neena Gill who leads the European Parliament delegation to India.

The event at the city centre involved a discussion of how to take forward the project.  Taking part were business people, Wolverhampton University and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who once again said how committed they were to the project.

The Project was originally launched in July and concentrates on three strands: trade, education and sport.

Pat McFadden MP said the meeting came at a perfect time as the Prime Minister, who has sent a letter of support to the Project, was visiting China and India this weekend to stress the importance of trading links with both countries.


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