Recent Events

 

 

Interactive Meeting with Hall Chadwick Melbourne

 

 (February 10, 2017)

 

 

 

(L to R): Mr. Juzar Mustan Mala, Country Manager & Director – India, Toll (India) Logistics Pvt. Ltd; Mr. C. Sarat Chandran,
Director of the Chamber; and Mr. David Lissauer & Mr. Peter Pryn, Directors of Hall Chadwick.

Hall Chadwick, the leading Corporate Advisory firm based in Melbourne and the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce came together for a rich and lively interactive session at Chennai on Friday, February 10, 2017. Mr. Peter Pryn and Mr. David Lissauer, Directors of Hall Chadwick interacted with the participants.

In every sense the event struck a different note. There were no lengthy speeches or power point presentations. 15 companies were chosen for participation after careful screening for their business interest in Australia. A networking followed by one-to-one meetings generated interesting ideas – a financial service product, a software solution, an outsourcing idea, a marketing concept etc.

The important outcome of the Meet was that the culture of innovation in Australia along with India’s cost and skill advantages makes a formidable combination to create a win-win situation.

The Meeting started with a welcome addess by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber and ended with the concluding remarks by Mr. Jonah Stephen, Executive Council Member of the Chamber (CEO & MD, Carisma Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Chennai). Mr. Juzar Mustan Mala, Chairman - Sub-Committe for Australian Companies in India (Country Manager & Director - India, Toll (India) Logistics Pvt. Ltd), also spoke on the occasion.

 

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15th Annual Business Mission to Australia

(October 15 - 23, 2016)

 

The annual Business Mission of Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce has now become an institution in itself. It is now emerging as a major platform for Indian companies especially in the small and medium sector to reach out to Australian industry and establish long term business links.

 

The 15th Mission from October 15-23, 2016 interacted with over 300 companies in the three cities – Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney in that order. The Mission consisted of 20 members spread across a range of industries and services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne

 

The Mission programme had a good start with an interactive seminar organized by ANZ on October 17, 2016. Mr. Tammy Medard, Head of Diversified Industries and Global Subsidiaries, ANZ, observed that India is the second fastest growing source market for Australia among all the Asian countries, after China and the visitor arrival from India has been the most stable among the Asian countries.

 

On the same day afternoon, Australia India Business Council (AIBC), Victorian Chapter organized a well attended seminar on “Doing Business with India”. Mr. Stephen Manallack, President of AIBC-VIC in his welcome address, reiterated the need of studying the business culture and etiquette, while doing business with India. Commonwealth Bank of Australia co-hosted the event.

 

At an another interactive session organized jointly by the Indian Consulate General in Melbourne and the international Chartered Accountants firm, Sothertons, on October 18, 2016, Ms. Manika Jain, Consul General, said that eleven Indian ministerial visits has taken place after the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi’s visit to Australia in November 2014 and a similar number of missions on the reverse side, which all has created a good momentum in the bilateral relationship.

 

Adelaide

In Adelaide, AIBC South Australia Chapter organized a Networking Seminar on October 19, 2016. In his address on “Doing Business with South Australia”, Mr. Raju Narayanan, Director – India, Department of State Development, Government of South Australia, pointed out that the State has been working closely with several Indian States, particularly with the Rajasthan Government and their recent visit to Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai has helped them to project the State’s capabilities in several areas including water management solutions, manufacturing, resources & energy, food, education and tourism. The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Mr. Martin Haese, also addressed the members of the delegation.

 

At a rich Networking Dinner on the same day evening, Mr. Mark Jeffreson, Partner, UHY Haines Norton Chartered Accountants, observed that South Australia has a strong advanced manufacturing base particularly in health, medical devices and electronics. Citing that the South Australian food and wine industry is worth $18.2 billion, claiming 46% of SA’s total merchandise exports, he said that the State is home to 80% of Australia’s premium wine production. The event was co-hosted by Mellor Olsson and Westpac.

 

Sydney

In Sydney, AIBC NSW Chapter organized a Networking Seminar on October 20, 2016. Ms. Sheba Nandkeolyar, AIBC National Vice Chair, in her address observed that the Indian products and services are well accepted in the Australian market and we need to look at creating international brands to tap the market at its full potential. She also announced that AIBC will be leading a Business Delegation to India coinciding with the Vibrant Gujarat in January 2017. Commonwealth Bank of Australia co-hosted the event.

 

At a Networking Seminar organized by the NSW Business Chamber on October 21, 2016, Mr. Iam Bennett, Senior Manager – International Trade, pointed out that there are 2.2 million business operators and 1.4 million small businesses (with less than 20 employees) are functioning in Australia. Another scintillating presentation from Mr. Darren Rudd, Head of Corporate Affairs & Public Relations, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Australia with a focus on the Australian ICT industry and a wide ranging Q&A Session by Mr. Anil Snehi, Vice President Sales – Australia, TCS, made the session even richer.

 

The Sumo Group of Companies organized a Networking Lunch on the same day with a number of presentations focusing on business, investment, banking and visa procedures. At a well attended Networking Dinner, hosted by the Indian Consulate General in Sydney, Dr. Vinod Bahade, Deputy Consul General, said that a number of Indian festivals celebrating in Australia attract huge participation from the Australian community, which brings a good brand equity for the nation as well.

 

Pre-departure Reception


Members of the Mission at the pre-departure reception at the Consulate with Mr. Jon Bonaar (5th from left).

The Australian Consulate General in Chennai hosted a pre-departure reception for the Delegation on October 13, 2016. Mr. Jon Bonaar, Deputy Consul General; Mr. Ravi Viswanathan, President and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran Director of the Chamber, spoke on the occasion.

 

Conclusion

The Chamber would like to thank all our hosts and the associated partners for making the Mission a very successful one. Mr. P. Santhosh, Manager – Member Relations of the Chamber, also accompanied the Mission and coordinated the programme.

There is wide agreement that this has been one of our most successful annual Missions with an impressive range of networking events, rich and lively seminars and insightful addresses and presentations. A host of organisations in Australia contributed to the success of the Mission – Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and its Chapters in NSW, Victoria and South Australia; leading firms of Chartered Accountants, Sothertons Melbourne and UHY Haines Norton, Adelaide; well known consulting Group Sumo Group, Consulate Generals in Sydney and Melbourne; the high profile ANZ Banking Group; NSW Business Chamber and Tata Consultancy Services. The Chamber expresses its thanks to all of them for their high professional standards and painstaking efforts.

 

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14th Annual Business Mission to Australia

 

(September 19-26, 2015)

 

 

 

The Chambers flagship programme, the Annual Business Mission to Australia, is emerging as the most important platform for Indian SMEs to establish business in Australia. Over 350 Indian SMEs have participated in the past 14 Missions and interacted with over 3000 Australian companies. There has been significant success with over 60% of participating companies establishing a business in Australia. The 14th Mission took place from September 19-26, 2015, had 32 members from a range of industry sectors and was led by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber. 

 

The Chambers flagship programme, the Annual Business Mission to Australia, is emerging as the most important platform for Indian SMEs to establish business in Australia. Over 350 Indian SMEs have participated in the past 14 Missions and interacted with over 3000 Australian companies. There has been significant success with over 60% of participating companies establishing a business in Australia. The 14th Mission took place from September 19-26, 2015, had 32 members from a range of industry sectors and was led by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber. The Mission visited three cities – Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in that order.

 

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran (extreme right) with Mr. James Tng (second from right)
and his team at Moore Stephens in Perth.

The week’s programme started at Perth on September 20, 2015 with a rich presentation on setting up an office in Australia by Mr. James Tng, Director, Tax & Business Advisory, Moore Stephens (WA) Pty Ltd., a renowned accounting service firm in Perth.

Members of the Business Mission at the CCIWA Briefing Session.

On September 21, 2015, the members of the Mission had a briefing session at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA). Mr. Darren Levy, Manager, International Trade Services, CCIWA, in his welcome address, observed that Western Australia is one of the best places in world to live and to do business. Mr. Nebojsha Franich from CCIWA provided an overview on the current state of economy in Western Australia. Mr. Philippe Pierson from CCIWA made a presentation on doing business in Western Australia and how CCIWA can play a role in connecting their members with the Indian business community. Ms. Lisa Nolan from the Department of State Development, Government of Western Australia explained the State’s relationship with India and the services rendered by its office based in Mumbai. Mr. Sarat Chandran in his remarks observed that the Chamber has a long standing relationship with CCIWA and WA and welcomed a business delegation from WA to India in the near future.


Australia India Business Council (AIBC) – WA Chapter organised a Networking Seminar on the same day. Mr. Omesh Motiwalla, President, AIBC (WA), in his welcome address observed that a number of projects in the mining and LNG projects are connecting the India Western Australian business community with growing prospects in the agriculture and education segments. Mr. Adam Levine, Partner, K&L Gates, also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Sarat Chandran observed that the WA economy is going through a transformative process with a significant shift from resources sector to digital space and this should open up huge opportunities for Indian IT companies.

The members of the Mission visited the Indian Consulate General in Melbourne on September 22, 2015 and had some rich interactions with the Consul General, Ms. Manika Jain. In her presentation, she outlined the opportunities in each of the regions in the state of Victoria. In his response, Mr. Sarat Chandran observed that the Chamber works closely with the Victorian State Government and its office in Bangalore.

In an another networking session hosted by Pitcher Partners, Ms. Rohini Kappadath, Director – Cross Border Business, brought together two interesting Indian success stories in Melbourne – Mr. Saurabh Mishra, Managing Director, Health Enterprises and Mr. Mouli Ganguly, CEO & Australian Principal Ausingro. Mr. Charles Kovess from Kovess International coordinated the programme. Mr. Sarat Chandran stated technology, globalisation and the role of diaspora provide the triangle within which Indo-Australian business will grow in the coming years.

On September 23, 2015, AIBC – Victoria Chapter organised an interactive seminar at the Melbourne Town Hall. Ms. Susan Riley, Deputy Lord Mayor, Melbourne, Melbourne City Council; Mr. James Keene, CEO, AIBC and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, spoke on the occasion. In his observation Mr. Sarat Chandran mentioned that Victoria has been the most pro-active of all states operating in India with over 300 Victorian companies visiting India in the past three years.

The Melbourne part included enjoyable visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Cricket Museum. Later in the evening Sothertons arranged for the delegation to visit the data centre facility of Interactive, a high profile Victorian IT company in Melbourne. The evening saw some rich presentations by Mr. David A Lissauer and Mr. Peter Pryn, Directors of Sothertons and Mr. Lorenzo Petroro, Manager, International Investment from State Government of Victoria.

AIBC – NSW Chapter organised a networking seminar on September 24, 2015. Mr. Raja Venkateswar, President, AIBC (NSW) in his welcome address observed that Indo-Australian relations have deepened in the last few years than ever before and while India is emerging as super economic Power, Australia can play a significant role in India’s rising infrastructure, skilled education and energy requirements. Mr. Robert Walsh, Regional Managing Partner – Asia Pacific, Fragomen spoke on the occasion and Mr. Simon Haag, Senior Associate, Advisory & Compliance, Fragomen, presented an overview on the policies and formalities related to immigration to Australia. Mr. Sarat Chandran stated that the 5 million strong Indian diaspora is the most vibrant of all overseas Indian communities and it keeps India’s flag flying high in Australia.

On September 25, 2015, the members were enthusiastic with a visit to the SP Jain School of Global Management in the Sydney Olympic Park and listen to the inspiring speech by its President and Director, Mr. Nitish Jain on his successful venture in to the Australian market. On the same day evening, members of the Mission had another rich session on “Corporate Immigration to Australia” and “Doing Business in Australia” jointly organised by Fastvisa and Titan Partners in Sydney. The Consulate General of India in Sydney organised a special networking over dinner. Mr. Sunjay Sudhir, Consul General deeply appreciated the Chamber’s role in connecting the two countries. He said that the recent reciprocal visits of the Prime Ministers has created a great momentum in the bilateral relations and both the countries are now looking forward to the early signing of the proposed FTA, which will open up for many more opportunities in the bilateral space. Mr. Sarat Chandran commented that the Sydney consulate is a knowledge hub and thanked the Consul General and his team for the remarkable support they have extended to the Chamber.

The members of the Mission uniformly felt that the Mission was extraordinarily successful in terms of establishing new contacts, getting better understanding of the market, meeting the existing clients and to study the various opportunities available in the country. Many of these members are progressing with their discussions and other negotiations in finalising their business deals.

As a result of the interactions, a number of Australian companies are now looking at expanding their operations to India. In the past two months, four Australian companies have finalised their expansion projects and the Chamber is also playing an important role in facilitating these movements.

The Australian Consulate General in Chennai organised a pre-departure reception for members of the Mission at the Consulate Office on September 9, 2015. The members felt deeply honoured with the presence and address of H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling, the Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi and Mr. Sean Kelly, Australian Consul General for South India.

Mr. P. Santhosh, Manager – Member Relations of the Chamber, accompanied the Mission and co-ordinated the programmes in Australia.

The Chamber would like to thank all our hosting organisations in Australia – Australia India Business Council (AIBC), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA), Pitcher Partners, Moore Stephens, Sothertons, Consulate Generals of India in Sydney and Melbourne and S.P. Jain School of Global Management – for their painstaking efforts to make the Mission resounding success.

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Indo-Australian Business Summit

 (June 26, 2015)

 

 

 

(L to R): Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, Mr. Rana Kapoor
Mr. Vijay G. Kalantri, Ms. Deborah Shalla and Mr. Harry Lagad. 

It was a major milestone in the history of Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, when the Chamber organized its first event, Indo-Australian Business Summit, in Mumbai, on June 26, 2015. The Summit was organized in association with the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and was supported by the World Trade Centre and the ANZBAI in Mumbai. 

The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and to the Minister for Trade and Investment, Australia, in his Special Address, said that there is enormous potential in the Indo-Australian bilateral trade, which presently stands at A$ 15 billion comparing to the Australia-China bilateral trade of A$ 160 billion. He pointed out that a number of profitable Indo-Australian joint ventures have taken place in the past including Tata BlueScope Steel and some of the recent entrants like Sydac Pty Ltd, which are doing successful business in India. 

In his address as Chief Guest, Mr. Rana Kapoor, Founder & CEO, Yes Bank and President, ASSOCHAM, said that the reciprocal visits of our honourable Prime Ministers have created unprecedented levels of economic and business co-operation in the bilateral relationship. As India being one of the largest consumer markets in the world with a well-developed banking sector, IT, life sciences, pharma, healthcare and auto ancillaries hub, Australia should look at the opportunities for investment and joint venture collaboration in India, he added. He also emphasized the need of collaborations in SIT (Science, Innovation and Technology) in the Indo-Australian space. 

Earlier, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber in his welcome address, observed that one of the hopeful features of Indo-Australian story is the rise of small and medium enterprises as the growth engine for both the economies. Mr. Vijay G. Kalantri, Vice-Chairman, World Trade Centre, Mumbai, delivered the opening remarks and Mr. Harry Lagad, Vice-President of the Chamber, proposed the vote of thanks at the inaugural session. 

The Summit focused on the Australian visa procedures and business opportunities with wide ranging presentations from a number of professionals in the Indo-Australian space including Ms. Deborah Shalla (Australian High Commission), Mr. Manoj Paul (Heat and Control South Asia Pvt. Ltd), Mr. K. Sanath Kumar (The New India Assurance Co. Ltd), Mr. John Powell (Qantas Airways Limited), Mr. Shyam Kalyanasundaram (Mahindra World City Developers Ltd.), Mr. Rohit Manchanda (Government of New South Wales), Mr. Yogesh Nagpal (Yash Technologies Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Brian Hayes & Mr. Raju Narayanan (Government of South Australia), Mr. Mohan Monteiro (Crown Corporate Services), Ms. Arathi M Tekkam (Sparke Helmore Lawyers) and Mr. Dheeshjith V.G. (Infosys Limited). 

 

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Outsourcing and Off-shoring –

Opportunities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region

(June 5, 2015)

 

 

The Chamber organized its prestigious annual event “Outsourcing and Off-shoring – Opportunities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region” on June 5, 2015 at Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai.

Mr. T.K. Ramachandran I.A.S., Principal Secretary, Information Technology Department, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai, in his inaugural address, observed that with a market share of around $10 billion of the total Indian IT exports of around $100 – 120 billion, Tamil Nadu is playing an important role in the country’s IT industry. He added that with the present rate of growth, the industry is expected to reach an export target of $300 billion by 2020. He said that while Australia is working on a major project connecting almost 100 per cent of their homes and business with National Broadband Network (NBN), the Indian Government is taking initiatives to connect the rural areas with National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN).

Earlier, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his welcome address, observed that tier-II cities are emerging as major hubs for outsourcing industry in the country.

The distinguished speakers at the event included Mr. S.V. Venkataraman (ANZ Bangalore), Dr. Sanjay Tyagi (STPI Chennai), Mr. Praveen Gupta (Raheja QBE General Insurance Co. Ltd), Ms. Shyamala Jayaraman (Ramco Systems Limited), Ms. Mahrukh Mundul (Fragomen), Mr. Ram Prasad RV (Epson India Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy (Cognizant Technology Solutions), Mr. Ramesh Mahadevan (eNoah iSolutions Pte. Ltd), and Mr. Jonah Stephen (Carisma Solutions Pvt. Ltd.).

The speakers emphasized the importance of technology being used for innovative business, improved digital engagement for business value, designing a proper outsourcing strategy, effective risk management, best practices in productivity and security, and obligations and compliance relating to corporate immigration to make the outsourcing and off-shoring business a successful venture.

 

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Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Chamber

(April 15, 2015)

 

 

 

  

The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, addressing members of the Chamber.

Seated (L to R): Mr. Harry Lagad, Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran and Mr. Rajiv Ranjan.

 

The Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Silver Jubilee at a glittering and well attended function held at Hotel Hyatt Regency in Chennai on Wednesday April 15, 2015. Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Julie Bishop MP was the Chief Guest at the function, Australian High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling, the Consul General Mr. Sean Kelly and several leading members of the corporate community in Chennai and beyond were present to celebrate the milestone moment of the Chamber.

In her keynote address, Hon. Julie Bishop observed that there has been a sea change in the relations between India and Australia with the historic visits of Prime Minister Mr. Modi to Australia and the earlier visit of Prime Minster Mr. Abbott to India. The Minister added that both countries are negotiating a comprehensive partnership agreement which is expected to be concluded this year. “Although energy security continues to be the centre piece of our trade relationships, other areas like education, sports and culture are also emerging as important factors in bringing India and Australia closer ” she said.

On education, the Minister observed that there were 63,000 enrolments of Indian students in Australian Institutions, last year, the second largest after China. She also stated that to encourage the two-way student exchanges, Australia is now sending their students to study in India under a new initiative called the New Colombo Plan and this year, 340 Australian graduates will be studying in India.

Earlier Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, President of the Chamber, in his welcome address observed that the Silver Jubilee of the Chamber comes in the background of an extraordinary momentum in Indo-Australian relations. The reciprocal visits of the two Prime Ministers, the highly successful Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) held in January 2015 and the presence of a large business delegation of over 400 Australian companies have all added to the momentum, he said.

While presenting an overview on “25 years of Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce”, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, said that “the Chamber has steadily grown in the past 25 years keeping pace with the gathering momentum of the Indo-Australian relations and bringing together over 600 companies in the Indo-Australian space to create a community of common objectives and shared interests”.

 

 (L to R): Mr. Sean Kelly, Mr. Harry Lagad, H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling, Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, The Hon. Julie Bishop

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran and Mr. Rajiv Ranjan on the occasion of releasing the Chamber's Silver Jubilee Souvenir

To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Chamber, a Souvenir was released and the first copy was received by the Hon. Julie Bishop.

Mr. Rajiv Ranjan, Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking – India, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mumbai presented an overview on the Bank and its operations in India.

The Chamber honoured its past presidents with a memento presented by the Hon. Julie Bishop on the occasion.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Harry Lagad, Vice President of the Chamber, pointed out the remarkable support from the Australian Government and its diplomatic missions in India at every milestone in the Chamber’s activities.

 

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Strengthening the University – Industry Partnership:

An Indo-Australian Perspective

(November 12, 2014)

 

 

 

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran (second from right) presenting a memento to Professor Archie Johnston.

Others (R to L): Mr. Michael Carter and Dr. Roberts Masillamani

 

In the background of the growing university-industry engagements in the Indo-Australian space, the Chamber organized an interactive meeting and address on “Strengthening the University – Industry Partnership: An Indo-Australian Perspective” on November 12, 2014 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai. Professor Archie Johnston, Dean – Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Sydney, Australia, presented the key-note address.

Professor Johnston observed that the fast expanding economy of India offers possibility of transformational collaboration between universities and industry and these collaborations will create ‘global’ business and research opportunities. Linking University offshore activities with Industry partners will foster improved export opportunities for local Industry and at the same time providing opportunities for Universities in different countries to collaborate in the pursuit of common goals in education and research, he added. The University of Sydney is working on a number of industry-collaborated projects across a range of sectors including infrastructure, robotics, energy, mining, aviation, logistics, bio-medical engineering, structural engineering, clean energy and telecommunications, he said.

Earlier, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his welcome address, observed that Universities have the eco-system to undertake researches and the corporate world, particularly the SME segment, could support these initiatives to ensure quality and standard in the international market.

Dr. Roberts Masillamani, President and Mr. Ravi Subramannian, Business Head, Delight Group, made a joint presentation, with a focus on their transmission technologies and education services.

Mr. Michael Carter, Trade Commissioner & Consul Commercial, South Asia, Australian Trade Commission, Chennai, in his concluding remarks, observed that the strong innovation and research background of the Australian Universities provides a lot of opportunities for collaborations in India at the university and industry levels.

The event was co-sponsored by Delight Group and Citi Bank.

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13th Business Mission to Australia

 (September 13 - 20, 2014)

The Chamber successfully completed its 13th Business Mission to Australia from September 13 – 20, 2014. The 26-member Mission led by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, visited three cities in Australia – Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and interacted with around 200 Australian companies in the three cities.

It turned out to be a rich experience for members of the Mission, who uniformly felt that there were significant takeaways from the visit:

  • Generating business leads for their company in the region
  • Interacting with business consultants, who can represent them to develop their business in the country.
  • To look at the possibilities in establishing their presence in the country through physical office, joint ventures or serviced offices.
  • To study the Australian market and to listen to some of the Indian success stories in Australia and
  • To interact with a large number of companies, particularly from the SME segment.

 

Members of the Mission with Executives of AIBC (QLD) in Brisbane
 

Members of the Mission with Ms. Manika Jain, Indian Consul General in Melbourne

 

 Members of the Mission at an interactive Meeting with VECCI officials in Melbourne

 

 Interactive Seminar organised by Pitcher Partners in Melbourne

 

 

 Mr. C. Sarat Chandran (extreme left) with Ms. Sheba Nandkeolyar, National Vice-Chair, AIBC and
Mr. John Cox, President, AIBC (NSW Chapter) at an Interactive Meeting hosted by AIBC (NSW)
 

Members of the Mission with Dr. Vinod Bahade, Deputy Consul General and
Mr. Rao Palagummi, Trade Promotion Officer, Indian Consulate General, Sydney at
an Interactive Seminar hosted by NSW Business Chambers and National Australia Bank

 The Chamber would like to appreciate and convey our sincere thanks to the hosting organizations in Australia for their painstaking efforts in arranging the networking sessions, which includes Australia-India Business Council (AIBC) QLD and NSW Chapters, Pitcher Partners, Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Australia Bank, NSW Business Chambers and the Indian consulates in each of these cities.

At Chennai, the members of the Mission were overwhelmed with the warm and lively pre-departure reception hosted by Mr. Sean Kelly, Consul General for South India, Australian Consulate General, Chennai; and Mr. Rajeev Pant, General Manager – India, National Australia Bank, Mumbai.

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Outsourcing and Off-shoring
- Opportunities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region
 (June 20, 2014)
 
 

The Chamber organized its prestigious annual event on the theme “Outsourcing and Off-shoring – Opportunities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region” on June 20, 2014 at Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai.

 

 

Mr. T.K. Ramachandran, I.A.S., Secretary Information Technology Department, Govenment of Tamil Nadu,

delivering his inaugural address at the Summit.

 

While inaugurating the event, Mr. T.K. Ramachandran, I.A.S., Secretary, Information Technology Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, observed that ICT has played a key and inseparable role in the present growth of the economy and the new initiatives in e-governance particularly in the areas of analytics, mobile computing and cloud technology fueled this growth strategy. He also invited the corporate community to invest in the well developed IT parks in the state of Tamil Nadu.

 Ms. Pankajam Sridevi (second from left) interacting with the audience at the Q&A session.
Others (L to R): Ms. Taranvir S. Kaur, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Mr. Soumen Mukerji,
Mr. Mohan Monteiro and Mr. G. Karthikeyan. 
 

 Mr. Subba Rao Varigonda making his presentation.
Others seated (L to R): Mr. P. Sampath Kumar, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, B. Mr. Jhon Arikiasamy ,
and Ms. Salin Amanda Louis. 

The event saw wide ranging, information packed presentations and success stories from eminent speakers in the Indo-Australian space including:

  • Ms. Pankajam Sridevi, Managing Director, ANZ Bangalore;
  • Mr. Soumen Mukerji, Director – Finance Effectiveness, Shared Services Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoppers, Gurgaon;
  • Mr. Mohan Monteiro, Director, Crown Corporate Services, Sydney;
  • Mr. G. Karthikeyan, Founder Director, G.K. Management Services (India) Limited, Coimbatore;
  • Ms. Taranviir S. Kaur, Head – India Operations, Servcorp, Mumbai;
  • Mr. P. Sampath Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Software Ltd., Bangalore;
  • Mr. B. Jhon Arokiasamy, Chief Operating Officer and Ms. Salin Amanda Louis, Business Manager – Operations & Strategy, Good Relations (India) Pvt. Ltd., Chennai; and
  • Mr. Subba Rao Varigonda, Managing Director, IPP Technologies Pty Ltd, Sydney.

  

 

 

(L to R): Mr. Andrew Wildblood, Ms. Pankajam Sridevi, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Mr. Rajesh Venkat

and Mr. Mohan Monteiro at the Panel Discussion.

 

There was a lot of enthusiasm among the participants in sharing their views at a panel discussion on “Harnessing cloud and other disruptive technologies to enable the transformation of the Business Process Management sector to grow into a $50 billion industry by 2020”. The high profile panelists included Mr. Andrew Wildblood, Head of Asia Pacific, Telstra Global; Mr. Rajesh Venkat, CEO, Sundaram Business Services Ltd.; Ms. Pankajam Sridevi, MD, ANZ Bangalore; Mr. Mohan Monteiro, Director, Crown Corporate Services and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director, Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary of the Chamber, proposed the vote of thanks. 

 

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24th Annual Day of the Chamber

 (March 12, 2014)

 

 The Chamber celebrated its 24th Annual Day at a lively evening at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Chennai on March 12, 2014. H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner in India, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Annual Day 1

H.E. Mr. Patrick Sucking addressing the audience. Seated (L to R): Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Mr. Subhas DeGamia,
Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Mr. Martijn Blanken and Mr. Harry Lagad

Mr. Suckling, in his wide ranging address, observed that the Australian companies are looking at various projects in infrastructure, film industry, financial services and healthcare, as part of leveraging the growth opportunities in India. He said that the bilateral trade has a potential to grow considering that Australia’s bilateral trade with China is at around $130 billion, while it is $17.3 billion with India.

India wants to invest $1.3 trillion in infrastructure in the next few years and India is looking for capital for that development. Australia has institutional investors and our pension funds are the third largest in the world where they have $2 trillion worth of money looking for stable long investment and they are increasingly investing in India, Mr. Suckling added.

Earlier, Mr. Subhas DeGamia, Vice-President of the Chamber and CEO India, ANZ, Mumbai, in his welcome address, observed that in the Asian century, both the countries have to accept that our economic and social interests are converging and a sustained and coordinated effort has to be put into framing our bilateral relationship – now upgraded to a “strategic Partnership”.

Annual Day 2

Mr. Subhas DeGamia presenting a memento to H.E. Mr. Patrick Sucking (second from right).
Mr. C. Sarat Chandran (extreme right) and Mr. P. Gopalakrishna are also seen.

Mr. Martijn Blanken, Managing Director, Telstra Global (the principal partner for the Annual Day celebrations), in his address said that in Australia Telstra has a network that can stream data at 20 mega bits per second and is now looking at expanding its offerings in India, where it has a modest presence in seven cities with offices employing about 65 people. The company currently offers network connectivity services to enterprises; linking branch offices to one another on high-speed cable is one of its primary services. Now, video broadcasts and emergency text messages as value-added offerings are being considered.

Providing a perspective on current trends in Indo-Australian business developments, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, observed that “The big opportunities for Indian companies are in Australia’s vibrant, 2 million strong SME sector. Battered by a shrinking manufacturing sector and a rising value of Australian dollar, it is these companies which are seeking to collaborate with Indian companies to combine Australia’s spirit of innovation with India’s cost advantage to create a win-win situation”. The Chamber’s annual business delegation interacts with 150-200 Australian SMEs every year and these have led to many business deals, joint ventures and collaborations” Mr. Sarat Chandran added.

Mr. Harry Lagad, Executive Council Member of the Chamber and Vice President – Corporate Projects: South & South East Asia, Toll (India) Logistics Pvt. Ltd, Chennai, in his concluding remarks said that in spite of several challenges, growing number of Australian companies are establishing their presence in India and becoming part of India’s growth story.

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Indo-Australian Business Summit

 (February 14, 2014)

The Indo-Australian Business Summit with a focus on visa procedures, migration, education and business opportunities, organized by the Chamber, drew wide participation with over 80 delegates from the corporate community in India. The event was held on February 14, 2014 at Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai.

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 (L to R): Mr. M. Ganapathi, Ms. Jennie Mitchell, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran and Mr. Wayne Lewis.

Mr. M. Ganapathi, former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the former Consul General of India at Sydney, in his inaugural address, said that Indian and Australian Governments have repeatedly emphasized the importance of closer trade and investment relations as a critical component of our bilateral strategic partnership. Conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement would broaden the base of merchandise trade, remove non-tariff barriers that impede trade in services, and facilitate and encourage investment, he added.

Earlier, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his Welcome Address, observed that Indo-Australian relationships have evolved on the strength of three economic factors – Australia’s import intensive economy with over 300 billion dollars, its vibrant SME sector of two million companies and a very favourable eco-system, which promotes technology and innovation. Australia’s technology edge and India’s cost advantage is a formidable combination to create a win-win situation for both the countries, he added.

Ms. Jennie Mitchell, Second Secretary (Immigration) and Senior Migration Officer, Australian High Commission in New Delhi, in her lead presentation on the “Business Visa and the recent Changes that have taken place on the Australian visa regime”, pointed out that in the first half of the 2013-14 financial year Indian nationals accounted for over 23 per cent of all sub class 457 grants. The hospitality and information technology industry continue to dominate this caseload, she added.

The Summit also had wide ranging presentations from Australian State Governments – Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria; Australian Trade Commission and from the corporate community with strong presence in Australia – Changepond Technologies, Interface International Education, National Australia Bank, Qantas and Storm Group.

Mr. Rajesh Iyer making his presentation. Seated (L to R): Mr. Nishidhar Reddy, Ms. Jennie Mitchell,
Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Mr. Wayne Lewis and Mr. D. Balaji Subramaniam.

The Summit had presentations from the following eminent speakers:

Ms. Jennie Mitchell, Second Secretary (Immigration) and Senior Migration Officer, Australian High Commission, New Delhi on “Business Visa and the recent changes that have taken place on the Australian Visa regime and related matters”.

Mr. Wayne Lewis, Commissioner for Victoria to India, Victorian Government Business Office – India, Bengaluru, on “Business Opportunities in Victoria”.

Mr. Rajesh Iyer, Director – Migrant & Expatriate Banking, South Asia & Head –NRI Services, India, National Australia Bank, Mumbai, on “Bringing Together India and Australia”.

Mr. Nishidhar Reddy, Managing Director, STORM Group, Hyderabad on “South Indian Market for Australian Education”.

Mr. D. Balaji Subramaniam, Vice President – Global Operations, Changepond Technologies Ltd, Chennai, on “An Indian IT SME Expanding its Footprints in Australia – The Changepond Story”. 

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(L to R): Ms. Louanne M. Hancock, Mr. Parag Shirname, Mr. Michael Carter, Mr. John Powell and Mr. Rohit Manchanda.

Mr. Michael Carter, Trade Commissioner & Consul Commercial, South Asia, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Chennai, on “Australia Benchmark Report 2014”

Mr. John Powell, Manager - India & S. Asia, Qantas Airways Limited, Mumbai, on “A Presentation on the Qantas Product”.

Mr. Parag Shirname, Commissioner – South Asia, Trade and Investment Queensland, Government of Queensland, Australia, Bengaluru, on “Business Opportunities in Queensland”.

Ms. Louanne M. Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Interface International Education BPO, Gurgaon, on “Study & Post Study Work Opportunities in Australia

Mr. Rohit Manchanda, Trade and Investment Commissioner for India, New South Wales Government, Mumbai on “Business Opportunities in New South Wales”.

Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary of the Chamber, proposed the vote of thanks. The Summit was co-sponsored by Changepond Technologies, Hindustan University, National Australia Bank, Qantas Airways and Storm Group.

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Business Mission to the Regional PBD in Sydney

 (November 10-12, 2013)

 

An eight-member delegation from the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce led by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, participated in the rich and colourful three-day Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Regional PBD) (a conclave of Overseas Indians) held in Sydney from November 10-12, 2013. The Convention provided a platform for the Indian Diaspora spread across Australia and Asia Pacific region to come together and connect to India and its vibrant growth story.

 

(L to R): Dr. Noel A. Kanagaraj, Mr. K.C. Joseph, Dr. Adrian Vicary, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran
Mrs. Aparna Sharma, Mr. Raju Narayanan, Mrs. B. Rajlakshmi Sharma and Mr. Ravi Subraman

Making a presentation on a special session on ‘Doing Business with India’, Mr. Sarat Chandran, observed that the 4,00,000 strong Indian Diaspora in Australia has grown as one of the most successful and well respected overseas communities in the world. Most of them are first generation Indians and continue to maintain links with their country of origin. He further stated that the Indo-Australian trade relations in future will be significantly influenced by the remarkable rise of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) as a growth engine in both Australia and India, managed by professionally qualified, technologically savvy and young entrepreneurs. “Young Australians like young Indians carry the compelling vision of 21st century values – globalization, multi-culturalized and entrepreneurship” he said.

The session drew wide participation. Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, Mr. Suresh Shetty, Hon’ble Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare and Protocol, Government of Maharashtra and Mr. K.C. Joseph, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development, Planning, Culture, NORKA, Dairy Development, Information & Public Relations, Government of Kerala, also participated in the session.

 

(R to L): Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Mr. K.C. Joseph and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran

Earlier, speaking at the Convention, Hon. Mr. Barry O’ Farrell, Premier of NSW and Hon. Mr. Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, referred to the Chamber’s profound contribution and deep commitment to the promotion of Indo-Australian trade and investment relations.

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12th Business Mission to Australia

 (September 7-14, 2013)

 

The Chamber’s annual Business Mission is emerging as a powerful platform for Indian companies, particularly for small and medium companies to establish effective business matching with Australian companies. The annual Business Mission is also becoming a rich and valuable reference point for Australian companies seeking business with India.

The Chamber has successfully completed its 12th Business Mission to Australia. The Mission with 25 members visited three cities in AustraliaAdelaide, Melbourne and Sydney – from September 7–14, 2013 and interacted with over 150 Australian companies. The Delegation was led by Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber.

The Mission consisted of members from a range of sectors including agri-commodities, corporate advisory, engineering services, textiles & garments, food supplements, real estate & property development, education & placements, IT & ITES, granites, food industry, machinery & equipments, and automobile components.

 

 

Members of the Mission with Executives of AIBC-SA at Adelaide

At Adelaide, the Australia India Business Council (AIBC), South Australia Chapter, organised a Networking Seminar for the Mission at the Adelaide Town Hall on September 9, 2013. Ms. Natasha Malani, Councillor at Adelaide City Council; Dr. Adrian Vicary, President, AIBC (SA) and Mr. Sarat Chandran spoke on the occasion.

Mr. Brian Hayes, South Australian Government’s Special Envoy to India, in his address, identified some of the sectors of importance in the bi-lateral relationships as energy & natural resources, education & training, clean technology, and aerospace & defence. He also introduced Mr. Raju Narayanan, the newly appointed Regional Director for the Government’s India operations.

 

(L to R): Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, H.E. Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR,
Dr. Adrian Vicary and Mr. Brian Hayes

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia, hosted a reception on the same day evening at the Government House. Hon. Tom Kenyon M.P., Minister for Manufacturing, innovation and Trade Minister for Small Business, was also present on the occasion and interacted with the members.

 

Members of the Mission at Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne

At Melbourne, the AIBC (VIC) organised an interactive seminar at the Melbourne Town Hall on September 11, 2013. Ms. Gonul Serbest, Executive Director – Trade at the State Government of Victoria outlined the services offered by the Victorian Government for Indian companies interested in doing business with Victoria or looking at investment opportunities in the State.

Mr. Ravi Bhatia, President, AIBC (VIC); Councillor Ken Ong, City of Melbourne; Mr. Nirmal K. Chawdhary, Acting Consul General of India in Melbourne; Mr. Madhu C. Mathen, Manager – Melbourne, Air India; and Mr. Sarat Chandran spoke on the occasion. At the networking session, all the participants had an open session on their business interest with members of complementary interest from the Business Mission and it was co-ordinated by Mr. Ravi Bhatia.

 

(R to L): Mr. Marcus Rodaughan, Mr. D.D. Saxena, Mr. Saurabh Mishra and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran

Later in the afternoon, a rich and lively session organised by Pitcher Partners (an international cross-country consultancy firm) in association with Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) saw interesting success stories by two Indian entrepreneurs in Australia – Mr. D.D. Saxena, Managing Director, Riverina Oils & BioEnergy (the first collaborative Indo-Chinese investment in Australia and the single largest food/Agri investment in Australia in the past five years.) and Mr. Saurabh Mishra, Managing Director, Health Enterprises (develops and operates innovative e-health services), Melbourne. Mr. Don Rankin, National Chairman and Ms. Rohini Kappadath, Director, Cross-Border Business, Pitcher Partners; and Mr. Sarat Chandran also spoke on the occasion

It was followed by a very useful panel discussion led by Mr. D.D. Saxena, Mr. Saurabh Mishra, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, and Mr. Marcus Rodaughan (Senior Manager, Insolvency at Pitcher Partners).

 


(L to R): Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Mr. Neville Roach AO, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran,
Ms. Sheba Nandkeolyar, Mr. Dipen Rughani and Mr. P. Santhosh

At Sydney, The AIBC (NSW) organised an Interactive Seminar in association with Sparke Helmore Lawyers on September 12, 2013. Ms. Sheba Nandkeolyar, President, AIBC (NSW); Mr. Arun Kumar Goel, Consul General, Indian Consulate General, Sydney; Mr. C. Sarat Chandran; Mr. Jesse Webb, National Managing Partner; and Mr. David Davies, Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers, addressed the gathering. Sheba also announced that the AIBC is planning a Business Mission to India in the month of February/March 2014. Mr. Philip Salem, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, was also present on the occasion.

 


Members of the Mission at the interactive session at National Australia Bank

The National Australia Bank (NAB) organised a Luncheon Meeting for the Mission at Sydney on September 13, 2013. Mr. Grant Healy, Director, Asia Desk, NAB, made a presentation on “Food and Fuel – How Banks are assisting clients in connecting with Asia”. Mr. David Lawson, State Director – NSW & ACT, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), explained the services offered by Austrade in the bi-lateral trade development. Mr. Sameer Sethi, Partner, nabbusiness, NAB; Mr. Anurag Thukral, Director, MaLuxme Capital and Mr. Viswanathan Iyer, Director, Head of Institutional Banking, India, NAB, Mumbai, were also spoke on the occasion.

Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary and Mr. P. Santhosh, Manager – Member Relations from the Chamber also accompanied and co-ordinated the Mission’s programmes in Australia.

Earlier, prior to the departure of the delegation, Mr. David Holly, the Australian Consul General for South India, hosted a reception for members of Mission at his residence on 30th August 2013.

The Chamber would like to thank all the hosting organisations – AIBC (SA, VIC & NSW chapters), Government of South Australia, State Government of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Pitcher Partners, VECCI and National Australia Bank – and the supporting organisation – Sparke Helmore Lawyers – for their pain-staking efforts to make the Business Mission a success.

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Outsourcing and Off-shoring Summit 2013

- Trends and Opportunities in Australia

 (March 22, 2013)

 

Mr. David Holly, Australian Consul General for South India, Chennai, delivering his inaugural address at the Summit.

Seated (R to L): Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director and Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary of the Chamber.

The Chamber’s “Outsourcing and Off-shoring Summit 2013 – Trends and Opportunities in Australia” received wide participation from the corporate community in India. This is the flagship programme of the Chamber that brings together a number of senior professionals in the Indo-Australian space to share their views and experiences on the subject of outsourcing and off-shoring with a special focus on Australia.

Mr. David Holly, Australian Consul General for South India, Chennai, in his inaugural address, observed that there are over 30 Indian IT companies with a presence in Australia and many more doing business with the country. For many Indian companies, Australia has become their third largest revenue source, with annual revenue growth of 20 per cent or more, he added.

Earlier, Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his welcome address, pointed out that the overwhelming response to this Summit reflects the growing importance of Australia as a destination for Indian IT and BPO industries. Australia’s skill shortage and the need for skilled professionals have themselves created a great opportunity for outsourcing, he added.

The impressive list of speakers included:

  • Ms. Pankajam Sridevi, Head of Institutional Operations Offshore Hub & Global Reconciliation Accountability, ANZ Bangalore
  • Mr. Susheel Vasudevan, Vice-President – Banking and Financial Services, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., Chennai
  • Ms. Anindita Sen, Director, BOS Software Pvt. Ltd., Chennai
  • Mr. M. Ahmed Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Outsourcing Services FZ LLC, Dubai, UAE
  • Ms. Louanne M. Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Interface International Education Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon
  • Mr. Mohan Monteiro, Principal, Crown Corporate Services, Sydney
  • Mr. S. Renganathan, Business Head – APAC, Sundaram Business Services Ltd., Chennai
  • Mr. Subba Rao Varigonda, Managing Director, IPP Technologies Pty Ltd., Sydney 

 

Ms. Pankajam Sridevi

 

Mr. Susheel Vasudevan

Ms. Anindita Sen

Mr. S. Renganathan

  

Mr. Ahmed Hussain

Ms. Louanne M. Hancock

Mr. Mohan Monteiro

 

Mr. Subba Rao Varigonda

 

Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary of the Chamber, proposed the vote of thanks.As in the past, the Summit had a participation of over 100 delegates. The Summit was co-sponsored by ANZ, Gulf Outsourcing Services FZ LLC, G&C Global Consortium and Citi Bank.

 

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23rd Annual Day of the Chamber 

 (March 11, 2013)

 

  

 

H.E. Mr. Patrick Suckling (in the middle), the Australian High Commissioner in India, receiving a memento

from Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, President of the Chamber. Others seen (R to L): Mr. Peter Forby Regional Director,

Western Australia Trade Office – India, Mumbai; Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director

and Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Secretary of the Chamber.

 

The twenty-third Annual Day of the Chamber was celebrated on March 11, 2013 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai. His Excellency Mr. Patrick Suckling, the Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi, was the Chief Guest of the event.

In his address, Mr. Suckling observed that Australia’s export of natural resources to India will increase by several folds over the next few years. At the same time, Indian exports to Australia doubled to $3 billion in the last few years. He said that Australia is keen to negotiate a comprehensive economic partnership to intensify and diversify the trade partnership with India. There is strong political commitment on this and four rounds of negotiations have been held. A fifth round of negotiations will be held in May in Australia, he added.

While mentioning that Australia is the safest place for visitors, students and labourers or businessmen, he said that Indians were the fastest growing community in Australia and around 450,000 people of Indian origin are in Australia. Indians also comprise the second largest student population after Chinese students.

Earlier, Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, President of the Chamber, in his welcome address, observed that the 23rd Annual Day takes place at a time when the Indo-Australian business relations never looked brighter than now and is also one of the most promising partnerships in international trade relations.

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his address on “A Perspective on Indo-Australian Business Relations” emphasised that we need to explore every opportunity for co-operation and collaboration and these need not be confined to India’s traditional business with Australia like mining or oil and gas. He said that in the Indo-Australian business relations, there is a subtle shift from manufacturing to services. Banking & financial services and information technology have been playing an important role in connecting the two countries.

Mr. Peter Forby, Regional Director, Western Australian Trade Office – India, Mumbai (Chairman, Sub-Committee of the Chamber on Australian Companies in India), in his concluding remarks, expressed happiness and thanked the new High Commissioner for his first official interaction with members of the Chamber.

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Interactive Meeting on "Business Opportunities in Victoria" 

(March 5, 2013)

 

 

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, presenting a memento to Ms. Patricia Griffiths, Head of International Trade, VECCI Global.

Mr. N. Srinivasan, Past President of the Chamber, presenting a memento to Ms. Geeta Heffernan, International Business Development Manager, VECCI Global.

 

 

There was wide ranging interaction from the corporate community at a networking presentation organised by the Chamber on the “Business Opportunities in Victoria” on March 5, 2013 at Hotel Accord Metropolitan, Chennai. Ms. Patricia Griffiths (Head of International Trade) and Ms. Geeta Heffernan (International Business Development Manager) of Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Industry (VECCI), were the keynote speakers at the event.

Ms. Patricia Griffiths observed that Victoria is home to a talented and diverse pool of creative and innovative people in technology, arts and culture, agriculture, food processing and other pursuits. She also remarked that Melbourne is consistently ranked among the most liveable cities in the world.

Ms. Geeta Heffernan said that Victoria has emerged as a global leader in sectors such as biotechnology, ICT, automotive, financial services, food processing, education, etc. which has also attracted major investments in the State. She also outlined some of the sectors, which provide opportunities for Indian companies to do business with Victoria, particularly for the SMEs.

Earlier Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his welcome address, observed that Indian footprints in Victoria are expanding across several layers – industry, education, government-to-government and indeed people-to-people. At the same time, Victoria’s engagements with India are also steadily deepening and broadening. Mr. N. Srinivasan, Past President of the Chamber, proposed the vote of thanks.

VECCI is the peak body for employers in Victoria, informing and servicing more than 15,000 members, customers and clients around the State. The Chamber has an ongoing MoU with VECCI for development of trade and investment between India and Victoria.

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Launch of the Book - "A Surgeon & Consul General – A Migrant Experience" 

(January 31, 2013)

  

 

(L to R): Mr. P. Gopalakrishna, Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, Mr. D.R. Karthikeyan; Dr. T.J. Rao, Mr. David Holly and Mr. C. Sarat Chandran.

The book titled “A Surgeon & Consul General – A Migrant Experience”, memoirs of Dr. T.J. Rao, former Hon. Consul General of India in Melbourne, Australia, was released at a function organised by the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce on January 21, 2013 at Chennai. Mr. D.R. Karthikeyan, Official Representative of City of Melbourne (Australia) and the former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation and National Human Rights Commission launched the book and handed over the first copy to Mr. David Holly, Australian Consul General in Southern India.

In his address, Mr. Karthikeyan noted that Mr. Rao, who spent nearly 55 hours on surgical practice and about 25 hours on consular duties every week, has been described in the “Foreword” by Australian Parliamentarian, Donald Wells as “a one-man band” for promoting Indo-Australian ties and the links between the two peoples. He presented a number of excerpts from the book, which created a lot of interest among the participants.Earlier Mr. G.R.K. Reddy, President of the Chamber, in his welcome address observed that Dr. T.J. Rao is one of the several icons of Indian community in Australia, who have made a significant contribution to Australian society, industry and culture.

In a written message from the Honourable Vice President of India, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari, read out during the launching session, states “Dr. Rao has made valuable contribution to strengthening India-Australia relations. He has been an outstanding Ambassador of friendship and goodwill between the country of his origin and residence. In addition, his achievements and contribution in his own profession, medical surgery, are also noteworthy, especially as he was simultaneously doing two jobs with the same degree of commitment, fervour and competence”.

Dr. T.J. Rao provided an introduction on his book and said that one can achieve a lot in life even if you start off with $4.50. Mr. Rao began his journey with just $4.50 and rose to become the Honorary Consul General.

Mr. David Holly, in his address, said that Mr. Rao has played an important role for the people-to-people links to grow to a level where the number of Indians living in Australia had doubled in the last few years. 

Mr. C. Sarat Chandran, Director of the Chamber, in his concluding remarks, observed that the unfolding story of Indian migrants’ experiences in Australia is as remarkable as the success stories of Indian expatriate community living in the western world. “A Surgeon & Consul General – A Migrant Experience” is a fascinating account of Dr. Rao’s remarkable years in Australia. During these years, he has seen the steady growth of India’s profile in Australia and the evolution of Indo-Australian relations in politics, trade and people to people contacts, he added.

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