BANGALORE, India — Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain wooed Indian business leaders yesterday in a remarkable pitch aimed at revitalizing his nation’s economy with help from the burgeoning Asian power it once ruled.
Cameron was leading a large delegation of Cabinet ministers and business leaders, many of them dispatched across India in an unmistakable message that his new government wants India as a major partner.
“I want to take the relationship between India and Britain to the next level. I want to make it stronger, wider, and deeper,’’ he said in a speech at the headquarters of the high-tech company Infosys in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.
While Cameron noted the deep cultural and historical ties shared by the two nations, he made it clear that his main mission was to harness business opportunities offered by the blossoming Indian economy.
With Britain emerging from its worst recession in decades, Cameron said he and his nation were “selling ourselves to the world with more vigor than ever.’’
“I’m not ashamed to say that’s one of the reasons why I’m here today,’’ he said in his remarks.
India’s planned $500 billion infrastructure investments, its burgeoning retail market, the nearly 20 million new cellphone users it adds every month all created business opportunities for British business, he said.