Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Cameron met here to discuss a host of issues. Noting that the Indian government recently permitted foreign direct investment (FDI) upto 49 percent in the insurance sector, Cameron noted that several British insurers have announced a number of agreements to increase their investments in their joint ventures in India.

"This will support the ongoing development of the Indian insurance and reinsurance sectors, which are key elements in promoting sustainable economic growth," the statement added.

The passing of the insurance bill paved the way for Lloyd's of London to establish their presence in India and provide local access to Lloyd's specialist reinsurance services in India.

Life, non-life and health insurers of Britain have their joint ventures in India. Once the regulatory approvals are given UK based Standard Life, Bupa and Aviva would invest a combined 238 million pounds FDI in their Indian joint ventures.

The two prime ministers welcomed HSBC's 'Skills for life' initiative in India, a 10 million pound programme to skill 75,000 disadvantaged young people and children over 5 years.

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