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Uber COO Barney Harford to visit India from Apr 17-20; to meet biz leaders

Barney Harford's visit comes within months of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's India trip in February

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Barney Harford
Barney Harford (Photo: Reuters)

Hardford is slated to visit next week during which he will meet government officials as well as leaders.

Hardford, who took charge last December, will visit Delhi, and during his four-day visit from April 17-20.

Confirming the visit, an said: "is one of the core markets for globally, and a focus for our investment in 2018 and beyond.

"is looking forward to meeting and government leaders in the country and discussing ways Uber can better serve riders, drivers, and cities."

Hardford's visit comes within months of Uber Dara Khosrowshahi's trip in February.

Uber is locked in an intense battle for leadership with SoftBank-backed Ola in India and has a presence in 29 cities.

There have been reports about Uber and rival Ola joining forces in the Indian market. The speculations got stronger after - an investor in Ola - joined Uber as well as an investor by committing over USD 1 billion.

Apart from India, the two now also compete in the Australian market with Ola recently launching its services in and

According to sources, the two have held multiple rounds of discussions, including one just before Khosrowshahi's visit to India but are yet to strike a deal. Both, Ola and Uber have declined to comment on whether they are engaged in merger discussions.

Uber has been pumping in substantial funds to fuel its growth in India. In 2015, Uber announced an investment of $1 billion in the country to expand its services. It has also set up a response and support centre in with an investment of $50 million.

"India is one of the top three markets outside of the US, accounting for 10% of its trips globally. For me, India is a core market that we are going to really focus on going forward. I'm really excited by the opportunity ahead for Uber in India in the years to come," Khosrowshahi had told in a recent interview.

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:02 IST