Professor Khorana is an international trade expert with over 25 years of academia and management consulting experience.
Talking to the Telegraph about the UK pushing for a trade deal with India, Professor Khorana said: “There is always a first-mover advantage, if [Johnson] is able to travel to India at the end of April, I believe that will really help any talks that take place.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson subsequently cancelled his trip due to the Covid outbreak in India, with an expected virtual meeting to take place instead to discuss trade agreements.
Professor Khorana continued to share her insights, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about the relationship between UK and India, what could be done in the long term and the prospects for both countries if a trade agreement could be agreed.
“We must remember that India is a very populous country with 1.3 billion people and there are projections of rapid economic growth at 12½% over the years to come,” she said
“India presents a very vast potential for British countries, and we must also remember that India is the UK’s 6th largest non-EU trading partner, now this represents just a small part of overall UK trade, which means there is significant scope for growth, both for UK firms in India, and for Indian firms in the UK, so the trade relationship is very complimentary and I do see huge potential for the UK, India trade deal to move forward”
Sangeeta was also interviewed by BBC Northern Island News at One and her comments were aired across multiple BBC stations including, BBC Radio Scotland, Ulster and Foyle.