Two key officials from the UK Department of International Trade (DIT) attended the inaugural "Tech Tuesdays" meeting in London that aims to bring together various stakeholders in conversation with key officials from the UK government in the backdrop of the India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
Mike Short, chief scientific adviser, and Chris Moore, technology specialist, at DIT, spoke freely and at length on the opportunities, challenges and the way forward for co-operation between India and the UK in technology and allied sectors. Considering that Indian IT companies have become global giants and have spawned a whole generation of software engineers and tech innovators, the UK is keen to attract and retain them.
Short played a key role in the launch of 2G and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and has the responsibility of boosting UK’s scientific and engineering exports. Short also has to ensure that DIT’s policies are “supported by the best science, engineering and technical advice.” Moore has interests in artificial intelligence, data analytics, cybersecurity and is responsible for assisting technology companies to enter the UK market and facilitate UK-based companies to expand globally.