Last week, Mike Nithavrianakis accompanied the High Commissioner, James Bevan to Trivandrum. Although this was Sir James’s first visit to Trivandrum, he has visited Kerala before; most prominently when he led the largest ever trade delegation to the State for Emerging Kerala in September last year. Last week’s visit included calls on the Chief Minister, the Director-General of Police and ISRO. The High Commissioner also visited Technopark and had a very good meeting with UK firms and Indian investors. Many thanks to BBG committee member Vijay Kumar (Test House) for organising the gathering and to Rakesh Gupta of Allianz Cornhill (ACIS) for hosting it at their premises.
The High Commissioner was delighted not only to meet lots of UK firms doing business in Kerala, but he was very happy to see BBG Chairman, Christie and several Chennai-based colleagues, including R. Jeevanandham, R. Balajee, Dev Nair and Shajee Varghese present. The networking reception on the evening of 27th February was a very useful opportunity for the High Commission to reach a wider section of the business community and it was to terrific to see the BBG strongly represented. As James Bevan later tweeted “Great visit last week to Thiruvananthapuram. Saw Indian Space Research Organisation & Padmanabhaswamy temple, 2 sides of incredible India”