Mike Baird to lead NSW trade delegation to India from 10 Jan

Mike Baird
Mike Baird 

NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced his first official visit to India will take place this

month to progress trade opportunities between the two countries.

Mr Baird will visit the Indian cities of Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Mumbai as part of the

visit to take place from Saturday 10 January to Tuesday 13 January.

“We have strong cultural and historic ties to India and we are seeing major opportunities

emerging as a result of our infrastructure plans, which will strengthen our business and

trade relationship,” Mr Baird said.

“Two-way trade between NSW and India was valued at $1.8 billion last financial year. This

has been stronger in the past and I’m determined to continue sending the message that

NSW is open for business with India.

“In Ahmedabad, I will be signing a new Memorandum of Understanding that will open a

new chapter in our relationship with the Indian state of Gujarat, particularly in the areas of

education, water security, skills development and sustainable urban development.

“This agreement will bring to a successful conclusion talks that were initiated by former

premier Barry O’Farrell, and former Chief Minister of Gujarat and now Indian Prime

Minister Narendra Modi.

“I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Modi, following his visit to Sydney last

November, to continue discussions on how NSW and India can assist each other in the

delivery of our shared infrastructure plans.

“Prime Minister Modi has a trillion dollar plan to revitalise India while I’ve outlined the NSW

Liberals & Nationals’ $20 billion plan to rebuild NSW, which the people of NSW will be

asked to consider at the March State election.

“In New Delhi, I will meet with NSW delegates attending Australia Business Week in India

to outline how the NSW Government is helping business overcome the cultural and legal

obstacles of entering the Indian market.

“In Mumbai, I will meet with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to progress initiatives as part

of our Sister State relationship that was formalised in 2012.

“I look forward to developing the NSW Government’s relationship with India and hope that

our well established cultural connections can lead to greater cooperation in business,

tourism and investment for the future prosperity of our citizens,” Mr Baird said.

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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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