NSW, Gujarat sign agreement to strengthen relations


Mike Baird
Mike Baird
Anandiben Patel
Anandiben Patel

NSW Premier Mike Baird today signed a new agreement with the Indian state of Gujarat that will

strengthen cultural, trade and diplomatic relations between NSW and India.

A new Memorandum of Understanding between NSW and Gujarat has come into effect after Mr

Baird and the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Patel, attended an official signing i n


Mr Baird said the agreement concludes negotiations initiated by the NSW Government in 2013 and

allows both states to share knowledge and expertise across five key areas.

“This historic agreement marks the start of a new chapter between NSW and Gujarat and outlines

our mutual desire to share knowledge in the areas of education, skills development, water security,

urban technology and sustainable urban development.

“Gujarat is undergoing a major urban transformation. There are plans to build eight cities across

the state, which is home to 6.2 million mostly rural residents.

“Our cultural and historic connections to India place us in a fortunate position. We have an

opportunity to share knowledge and learn from each other during this major development drive,

which will in turn benefit both our state economies.

“The Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, which has similarities to Sydney’s financial and

residential hub Barangaroo, is under construction in Ahmedabad.

“As part of the MOU, a delegation of planning experts from UrbanGrowth and the Barangaroo

Delivery Authority will travel to Gujarat to provide insights into sustainable urban planning to the

Indian state as it grows and develops.

“We also have much to learn from how Gujarat is meeting the challenges of its urban growth, and

this MOU provides the basis for knowledge and information sharing.

“Education is NSW’s biggest services export and India is NSW’s third largest source of

international students. As of September 2014, there were more than 12,000 Indian students

enrolled in NSW tertiary institutions.

“This agreement will open pathways for a two-way exchange of students between NSW and

Gujarat to give students a global experience and grow networks between our states.

“Water security and clean technology are also increasing areas of concern across India and as part

of our partnership with Gujarat we’ll share expertise to assist with waste water treatment and


“Today marks the start of a new relationship that builds on our cultural connections and

strengthens cooperation to grow our economies into the future,” 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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