Robb to lead 300-strong business mission to India


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Australian Minister for Trade and Investment The Hon. Andrew Robb is welcomed by Dr. Naresh Chandra Pro- Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University during his visit to launch the New Colombo Plan with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will lead a major 300-strong promotional campaign and business mission to India early next year, to boost commercial ties with one of the world’s most important economies.

Australia Business Week in India  (ABWII), to be staged in January 2015, will be the largest event of its kind undertaken by Australia in India and follows the success of Australia Week in China (AWIC) earlier this year.

Mr Robb said “real commercial outcomes” will be the focus of  Australia Business Week in India  which will be staged across several key cities including New Delhi and Mumbai.

“While our existing trade and investment relationship is strong, we are determined see it become so much stronger,” Mr Robb said.

The week-long program is designed to highlight opportunities in key sectors including resources and energy, infrastructure, agribusiness, sustainability, health, tourism, education and training.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) will coordinate a delegation of around 300 business people, coinciding with a Tourism Australia campaign showcasing food and wine through the  Restaurant Australia  brand.

“India is an emerging economy that is already a significant investor in Australia and our fifth-largest export market,” Mr Robb said.

“With a new Indian Government committed to modernisation and economic growth expected to reach 5.4 per cent in 2014-2015, it is a country that has so many untapped opportunities.

Australia Business Week in India  will also showcase Australia as a country that is ”˜open for business’, a great place for Indians to invest, visit and build long-term trading and educational relationships,” Mr Robb said.

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