Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Australia next week











March 26, 2016. Indian  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be in Australia for  4-day visit next week.

Sh. Arun Jaitley will meet top Australian leaders and investors and make a strong pitch for foreign investments in India from the country’s cash-rich sovereign funds.

Jaitley would woo Australia’s trillion dollars superannuation funds industry to invest in India’s infrastructure plans. He will meet top 25 CEOs and executives of Australia’s largest superannuation funds at the ‘Invest in India Roundtable’ here next Friday.

Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri said that during his four-day visit, the minister will meet New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, foreign minister Julie Bishop, Treasurer Scott Morrison, finance minister Mathias Corman and energy and resources minister Josh Frydenberg.

In Sydney, he would be speaking on ‘Reimaging the Indian Economy’ at the Sydney  campus of the internationally ranked S P Jain School of Global Management during his official visit to Australia  starting  March 29.

John Lodewijks, economics  professor at the School, said that India was the  “bright economic star”  in an otherwise gloomy global economic environment and that the series of initiatives and programmes announced by the  Indian  government,  ranging from Make in India to Digital India to Smart Cities and Skilling India,  had the potential of positively impacting the developmental challenges India faces and in opening up opportunities for foreign investment.

Nitish Jain,  president of the School, said that the  minister’s visit would enable him to see the world-class facilities of the School and its unique pedagogy, which lie at the heart of its USP.  “For a school that started in 2004 with a campus inDubai  and now present in  Singapore,  Sydney  and Mumbai, it is an achievement to be ranked alongside the best in the world,”  he said.  “Minister Jaitley’s visit to  Australia  would be a significant milestone in bilateral relations and it was an honour for the  Sydney  campus to be the venue for the first speaking engagement of the  minister during his forthcoming visit,’ he added.

Welcoming the opportunity to host the  Indian minister, Dr Susan Loomes, head of the  Sydney  campus,  said the students and faculty were hugely excited to welcome  him.

Mr. Jaitley will be also inaugurating Union Bank of Sydney on Tuesday in the afternoon on March 29.  On March 30, Wednesday Sh. Jaitley will be the keynote speaker at the ‘Make in India’  conference at hotel Shangri La in Sydney. He will then head to Canberra where a reception is lined up by the Indian High Commissioner Mr Navdeep Suri where he will be speaking to the Indian community invited from all over Australia.  He would also deliver the K R Narayanan Oration in Canberra at Australian National University on ‘The New Economics of Financial Inclusion’.

In Melbourne on April 1, Minister Jaitley will be participating in a town hall lecture with Professor Craig Jeffrey, Director of the Australia India Institute and Mr Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of  The Australian  newspaper. It will be  held at  Elisabeth Murdoch Building – Lecture Theatre A The University of Melbourne from 4.45pm to 6.15pm.

The public lecture will include a lively discussion between the three panel members, as well as time for questions from the audience.


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