During the week of August 28 to September 1, I will lead the delegation of Australian business in a program designed to grow commercial links and highlight
Australian capability in a range of industries.
ABWI 2017 builds on the success of the inaugural event in 2015 which saw more than 400 companies introduced to the market. This created lasting relationships
and directly generated business worth millions of dollars in at least 20 significant deals between Indian and Australian firms.
India has one of the world’s largest and youngest workforces and its GDP grew by 6.8 per cent in 2016, putting it on track to become the world’s third-largest
economy by 2030.
It is currently Australia’s 5th largest export market for goods and 6th for services with exports valued at approximately A$14.6 billion in 2016.
Given the scale of opportunity, there is incredible potential to grow our trade and investment relationship.
Australian businesses should be optimistic about India, whose middle class is expected to reach 200 million by 2020. This will generate greater demand
for the kinds of goods and services Australia can provide, including high-quality protein-rich foods, healthcare, infrastructure, education and
other services that will be important to India’s rise.
The ABWI 2017 program will reflect these increasingly diverse opportunities with events divided into five streams:
- Innovation-Life Sciences and Digital Health;
- Agribusiness-Food Value Chains;
- Mining Equipment,
- Technology and Services;
- Higher Education and Smart Infrastructure.