Britain best partner to realise Mumbai’s global goals: Cameron

Mumbai: British Prime Minister David Cameron, the first English Premier to visit the city in 20 years, offered India's financial capital help to realise its goal of becoming a world class finance and business hub.

Stating that India and Britain are natural partners, Cameron said British companies can help Mumbai realise its dream of becoming a world-class finance centre, apart from helping it develop modern transport infrastructure like the metro and a new airport.

"I am looking at more partnerships like the one between BP and Reliance in the areas like metro, the Navi Mumbai airport etc," Cameron, accompanied by the largest-ever trade delegation (over 100) to the country, said.

Addressing a select gathering at the city's museum late evening, Cameron welcomed India Inc to invest in his country and also called for deeper business and cultural ties between the world's oldest and the largest democracies.

Cameron also visited a mummy exhibition, brought to the city by Reliance Foundation, BP, the British Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

Cameron, an avid cricket fan, after his luncheon meeting with corporate honchos, including Ratan Tata and Adi Godrej, found some time to indulge in cricket at the Cross Maidan in the early evening.

He also called for greater cultural cooperation between the two nations as there are special cultural, historic and linguistic ties between the two countries which go back to many centuries.