UK financial aid to India to end

Britain's financial aid to India will come to an end in 2015, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced. But the UK will still provide "technical assistance" to the country, which will cost around £30 million a year.

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Greening: India aid about 'skills-sharing' rather than money

Britain will no longer give India financial aid from 2015 but will in the future support areas like trade and investment and health.

After reviewing the programme and holding discussions with the Government of India this week, we agreed that now is the time to move to a relationship focussing on skills-sharing rather than aid.

Having visited India I have seen first hand the tremendous progress being made. India is successfully developing and our own bilateral relationship has to keep up with 21st Century India. It’s time to recognise India’s changing place in the world.

It is of course critical that we fulfil all the commitments we have already made and that we continue with those short-term projects already underway which are an important part of the UK and Government of India’s development programme.

– International Development Secretary Justine Greening

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