Rail Outward Mission to India
21-25 October 2019
21-24 Oct New Delhi & 25 Oct Mumbai
UK railway suppliers are invited to join a Department for International Trade (DIT) and Railway Industry Association (RIA) trade mission to India to meet key players, find out about opportunities in the railway sector and to exhibit at the International Railway Equipment Exhibition and Conference, 2019.
Additionally, UK Suppliers have the option of joining the group meetings only at a reduced price on the Monday and Friday.
The rail network is currently the fourth largest in the world after the US, China and Russia, spanning over about 65,000 route km. Growing passenger and freight traffic at nearly 8% per annum has necessitated continuous upgrading and expansion and the need for significant investment.
The Indian finance minister in her recent budget announcement estimated an investment of £500 billion in Indian Railways between 2018 and 2030.
Indian Railways envisages an investment of £100 billion for modernisation and up gradation in the next five years. Key focus areas include network upgrade & expansion, electrification, safety, railway station redevelopment, improved efficiency and speed through modernisation & increased supply of rolling stock and High Speed Rail projects.
In addition, India has an ambitious plan to develop metro rail systems in almost all major Indian cities to address growing urbanization. Currently projects with an estimated value of nearly £14 billion are approved and many more are in the pipeline. Significant value of these projects is open to international bidding.
Opportunities for UK companies exist across the rail value chain, spanning from engineering design & consulting, which is dominated by international companies, to product and technology solutions in track electrification, systems, signalling & telecommunications, rolling stock, depot & maintenance supplies and railways station development.
Dates & Where:
21 — 24 October, New Delhi, India
25 October, Mumbai, India
Cost : £500 plus VAT for a DIT sponsorship charge & RIA fee
£300 plus VAT UK Suppliers take part in the groups meetings (Monday and Friday only)
Limit 2 delegates per company,
This event is open to all UK companies who sign up, including those with local offices in the region,
Delegates responsible for their own flight bookings and related costs plus hotel costs. Advance booking required, until 30 September 2019 or until the mission is full.
Please note you will be first required to create an account if you haven’t used our booking system before and on checkout will be offered the choice of the full or reduced mission rates.
Group calls with related Indian organisation in New Delhi and Mumbai, open to both full and reduced fee paying delegates.
In addition, full fee paying UK companies’ get the opportunity to promote their products and services, through a display screen, on a shared GREAT branded UK stand at the 13th International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE), which will be held at Aerocity in New Delhi from 22 to 24 October 2019.
Open to the first 10 UK companies who sign-up, each company will get a company pod with a TV screen and a table-top that DIT will provide at the GREAT branded UK stand.
IREE is Asia’s largest event for the rail sector, being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a leading trade body in association with the Indian Ministry of Railways. An International Rail Conference focusing on cutting-edge technologies in railways will run concurrent to the exhibition. IREE is expected to have participation from 20 major countries, over 700 delegates at the conference and nearly 15,000 sector targeted visitors.
Key participants will include the Indian Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), manufacturers & suppliers in the railways sector, service and technology providers, EPC contractors, financial institutions and banks, academia, R&D Organisations, and training institutes. Please visit www.ireeindia.com for more details.
Outline programme, subject to change.
New Delhi —Monday 21 October
• Indian Railways Sector briefing by DIT and Group meetings subject to confirmation with:
Railway Board, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, National Capital Region Transport Corporation, Indian Railway Station Development Corporation.
Tuesday 22 October — Thursday 24 October, Group exhibiting at IREE (only full fee paying delegates get a POD on the stand)
Exhibit on a shared GREAT branded UK stand. Mission members can attend the conference subject to mission members’ own choice. First 10 companies who sign up, for the full cost will get an opportunity to exhibit at the GREAT branded DIT stand at IREE, further companies will be able to use the exhibition stand as a base only.
Early evening –Thursday 24 October—missions fly to Mumbai from New Delhi
Mumbai - Friday 25 October
Group meetings with the key authorities implementing Mumbai Metro Rail project and operating Mumbai suburban railway subject to confirmation:
Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), Mumbai Metro Railway Corporation Limited (MMRCL), Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVCL)
A recommended hotel with rates will be notified to those who sign up for the mission, along with a suggested early evening flight between New Delhi and Mumbai on the 24 October.
With any overseas travel including any visa requirements, RIA recommends that those travelling always check the latest travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before committing to travelling and again before they actually travel. Further Information can be found on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website.
Holders of passports endorsed ‘British citizen’ who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a double entry e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website. Beware of fake websites offering the e-TV service.
You should check carefully whether or not you’re eligible for an e-TV before you apply. British subject, British protected person, British overseas citizen, British national (overseas) and British overseas territories citizen passport holders aren’t eligible to apply for an e-TV.