In order to promote the 'Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017' in Australia, the Bhartiya Janta Party-led Gujarat government held a roadshow in Melbourne on 13 October to woo Australian investors and seek cooperation in areas like education, clean energy, mining, agro and food processing, sports and tourism.
A 15-member delegation, led by Managing Director of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation Pankaj Kumar, held the first roadshow in Melbourne showcasing several focus sectors including clean energy, clean technologies, mining and mining technologies, education, sports and sports technologies, research, design and financial services.
"We are looking forward for this opportunity to establish collaborations between various sector experts and businesses to strengthen relationship between the state of Gujarat and Australia," Kumar said.
"We will be meeting political leaders, business leaders, universities experts, government officials and companies CEOs during our visit here," Kumar said adding that the roadshows were also being organised in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.
"The key emphasis of these roadshows will be on ease of doing business in the state as well in rest of the country and the focus areas are education, clean energy, mining, agro and food processing, sports and tourism," Kumar said.
"The roadshows will exhibit Gujarat as a favourable investment destination and as one of the fastest growing state in India. Gujarat is also a manufacturing hub," Kumar said.
"Our team will be focusing on education which is second most important sector and we will meet vice chancellors, academicians of several Australian universities," he said.
Yesterday, the delegation also met some members of Indian diaspora and Indian-Australian business community members here at a meeting organised by Australia-India Women Entrepreneurs Forum (AIWEF).
Australia's trade in goods and services with India was Australian dollars 13.565 billion (USD 9.72 bn) in 2014-15 with Indian exports of goods amounting to Australian Dollars 3.805 billion (USD 2.726 bn).
The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is a biennial investors' summit organised by the Gujarat state government and its eighth edition is scheduled for 7-13 January next year.