Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews, had a wide-ranging discussion with the Hon Biren Nanda, the outgoing High Commissioner of India.
The Consul General of India in Melbourne, Ms Manika Jain, and Adviser to the Premier, Mr Jasvinder Sidhu, were also present at the meeting.
“India and Victoria share more than economic ties – we have a special history built on our values of democracy, hard work and reward,” said Mr Andrews.
Mr Andrews and the High Commissioner recognise India and Victoria’s long-standing economic ties and historic friendship.
“India is a growing, high-tech nation and we must work together to establish partnerships in business, education and research to create jobs. The values and the contribution of the Indian community in Victoria have made our state a better place,” he said.
Mr Andrews also suggested smaller, more specialised and more frequent trade missions to India.
Mr Andrews stressed the importance of the Victorian Government’s inbound trade missions. The recent visit of Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, was a key point of discussion.
The High Commissioner spoke about how Victorian businesses can expand their operations in waste management, food technology, basic infrastructure, shipping and components manufacturing.