PRESS RELEASE  - 15TH July 2007

The Wolverhampton-India project was launched today in the Atlee Suite of the House of Commons, London.

This project is designed to build on the strong links which already exist between Wolverhampton and India in the fields of trade, education and sport.

It is supported by Wolverhampton City Council, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton Chamber of Commerce, Wolverhampton wanderers Football Club, UKTI, local MPs and the Indian High Commission.

Speakers at the launch event inlcuded Jas Bains, Chief Executive of Ashram Housing Association, Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader of Wolverhampton City Council, Professor Caroline Gipps, Vice Chancellor of Wolverhampton University, Rita Choudry, Wolverhampton City Council, Stuart Cain, Marketing Director of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rt Hon James Purnell MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport and Lord Digby Jones, Minister of Trade.

Pat McFadden MP, organiser of today's launch said,

"I was delighted to see so many people from Wolverhampton come to the House of Commons to make such a confident statement about the future

“The key elements of the project were all set out - our desire for more trade between Wolverhampton and India, the schools project between Wolverhampton Schools and Schools in Punjab on climate change and the friendship agreement between Wolves and JCT Mills, runners up in the all India league last year.

"With its strong business traditions and large Indian population Wolverhampton is well placed to host this inward investment from India.  The Wolverhampton-India Project means we are ready to offer potential inward investors a package to help them locate in Wolverhampton.  We want to make the most of globalisation, not retreat from the challenges and opportunities it presents.”

The Wolverhampton-India Project involves the following elements:

A city-specific trade offer for Indian business involving a unique partnership of local businesses, local authority resource and other partners
The award of a British Council grant for a groundbreaking online schools project between schools in Wolverhampton and Punjab on climate change and sustainable futures
A friendship agreement between Wolverhampton Wanderers and JCT FC, the premier football team in the Punjab which came second in the All India league last year.
The building of an ‘Asian futures centre’ is to be built for the University of Wolverhampton through a partnership with the Ashram Housing Association.


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