Australia Business Week in India

The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, launched Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) on Monday 12 January.

ABWI 2015 was Australia’s largest ever trade mission to India, with a week-long series of events designed to enhance investment, education and tourism ties with India.

Around 450 delegates across 14 focus sectors visited India’s major cities to identify and strengthen relationships with Indian businesses. The mission also incorporated participation in the Vibrant Gujarat 2015 summit.

Highlights from Thursday 15 January

  • Dairy delegates were in Chandigarh for meetings with officials from the State Governments of Punjab and Haryana
  • Sports and Cultural Services delegates explored the opportunities created by India’s recent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy changes
  • Australian delegates met with Indian counterparts to develop innovation and research collaborations
  • Minister Robb hosted a networking lunch at the MCA Cricket Club in Mumbai to promote the Match Australia International Sports Business Program that will run alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia. Ex-cricketer and current Cricket Australia board member Mr Michael Kasprowicz was a special guest.
  • Minister Robb marked the close of the formal ABWI programme with delegates in South Mumbai.

Highlights from Wednesday 14 January

  • Delegates attended a series of events and high-level roundtables in Mumbai and Chandigarh today
  • Minister Robb continued to promote Australian fine food by participating in an Australian food cook-off at Godrej Nature’s Basket with celebrity chef Adam D’Sylva and Senator Richard Colbeck (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture).
  • Life sciences and tropical medicine delegates participated in an interactive roundtable - Tropical health & oncology: Addressing India's disease burden and accessing Australian opportunities
  • Minister Robb showcased Australia’s world-class education at an alumni reception attended by local alumni and key Indian education stakeholders.
  • Minister Robb was present at the signing of an MoU between The State Bank of India and Australian bank NAB
  • Road Safety delegates explored opportunities at roundtables with the Chandigarh Road Safety Advisory Board and the Punjab Road Safety Council
  • Andrew Robb addressed Australian and Indian businesspeople and government officials at the ABWI ‘farmer’s market’ dinner in Mumbai. Australia’s premium food and beverage was showcased with an Australian Indian fusion menu.

Highlights from Tuesday 13 January

  • Andrew Robb attended the signing of a MoU with Sport Education Development Australia (SEDA) and IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited, with the aim to develop the skills of Indian students across various sports and fitness programmes.
  • Health delegates attended an interactive briefing session with Indian government healthcare representatives including Mr Lov Verma, Indian Secretary for Health and Family Welfare. Minister Robb gave the keynote speech during the session, which focused on India’s ageing, biotechnology and medical research agenda.
  • ABWI water delegates joined Minister Robb, South Australian Trade and Investment Minister, Martin Hamilton-Smith, and Indian Water Minister Uma Bharti at the inauguration and plenary session of India Water Week 2015 in New Delhi. Australia is the partner country for this major event, which is themed ‘Water Management for Sustainable Development’.
  • Minister Robb attended a grass-roots hockey and AFL sports clinic with 25-30 Indian children, Ms Elena Norman, CEO Hockey India and Cam Vale, CEO Hockey Australia.

Highlights from Monday 12 January

  • The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP delivered a key note address during the first session of the India Australia Business Summit, hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), including launching the Austrade 2015 Benchmark Report
  • The India-Australia CII Summit brought together over 750 Indian and Australian participants, including Senior Ministers and officials from the Governments of India and Australia.
  • ABWI delegates attended business matching sessions with Indian counterparts at the CII Summit.
  • High-level roundtable held to discuss opportunities. Attendees included Premier Mike Baird MP, Sam Walsh – CEO of Rio Tinto, Andrew Robb MP and Narendra Singh Tomar, the Indian Minister for Mines and Steel.
  • Delegates joined Indian businesspeople and Andrew Robb for the ABWI Gala Reception at the Australian High Commission residence

Highlights from Sunday 11 January – Vibrant Gujarat 2015

  • Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb launched the Australia Pavilion at Vibrant Gujarat 2015 – a leading trade and investment event in India which attracts up to 50,000 delegates from around the globe.
  • The investor summit, which began when Prime Minister Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, coincides with the start of Australian Business Week in India (ABWI).


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