Premier Barry O’Farrell in India

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Mr Kamal Nath, Minister for Urban Development ”“ NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell meeting in Delhi

As promised when he came to power by Premier Barry O’Farrell that he will make annual visits to India, he is now in India currently on his third annual visit. Sensitive issues of Indian students have cooled down and relations between India and Australia are on the mend with NSW signing up sister-state MOUs with the state of Maharashtra and other positive developments are on the cards.

The official visit to India by the Premier aims to promote trade and investment opportunities for NSW.

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Indian MP Mr Naveen Jindal – NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell ”“ Australian High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling at the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Business Forum at Federation House in Delhi, attended by business leaders

During the one week visit, Mr O’Farrell will meet senior government representatives and business leaders in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai with a focus on the infrastructure, education, financial services and tourism sectors.

“I’m looking forward to returning to India to build on the strong relationship between NSW and India, which is a priority market for our State,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“I will reinforce my message that NSW is open and ready for business with India.

“NSW and India are both pursuing ambitious infrastructure programs, with the Indian Government aiming to invest a staggering US$1 trillion into infrastructure in the five years to 2017.

“I am confident NSW has the strong infrastructure services capabilities that could support the delivery of many of these planned projects.

“My visit also reaffirms our strong friendship with India, which was highlighted last month when NSW hosted the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indians Day) ”“ the first time this event has been held in Australia.

“In 2012”“13, India was Australia’s largest source of permanent and skilled migrants and the Indian community is the fourth-largest migrant community in our country.

“India is NSW’s second largest source of international students, with almost 11,300 Indian student enrolments in NSW in 2012.”

Mr O’Farrell will address several high-level industry and investor groups focusing on opportunities in financial services, infrastructure, clean technology and tourism.

“I will also meet the Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, to discuss the next stages of the NSW-Maharashtra sister-state memorandum of understanding,” he said.

“Our MoU with Maharashtra – India’s leading industrial State and home of Bollywood – is an important step forward in the relationship between our two economies.”

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