Robb to deepen commercial ties with India

robb Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit India between 4-6 September

to build trade and investment ties with one of Australia’s most promising markets.

He will hold meetings in Mumbai and New Delhi with government and business

representatives to explore avenues for greater commercial engagement.

Mr Robb said while India was Australia’s fifth biggest export market and a valued

investment partner there was enormous scope to deepen the relationship.

“Our two-way trade is worth around $15 billion, however, our aim is to substantially

grow this figure, when you consider our trade with China for example is worth more

than $150 billion,” he said.

During his visit Mr Robb will participate in four high-level business roundtables,

including those focussed on mining and energy and will join the Prime Minister, Tony

Abbott, at a series of meetings and events.

Mr Abbott is leading an Australian business delegation made up of 32 CEOS and

business leaders from the resources, finance, transport and logistics, packaging,

education and training sectors.

“Our aim is to both develop our existing ties but to also ensure that both Australian

and Indian businesses are aware of existing and emerging opportunities,” Mr Robb

said.

“As an example, India’s growing demand for skills and vocational training across a

range of areas is enormous and Australia’s world-class education and training

providers are well equipped to help meet some of this demand.”

This visit will culminate in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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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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