Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb to deepen commercial ties with India


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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