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Amit Dasgupta
Consul General
Amit Dasgupta arrived in sydney earlier this year to
take up the role of Consul General. Here he talks about
his role, the opportunities for India and Australia to do
business with each other and why he loves the Australian
Cricket team!
to press, culture and information. my opinion the negative publicity
eneral
Q:
What are your core
responsibilities as the
Anything that relates to India and the is really directed at the private
Consul General?
way it is perceived within these two education providers who aren’t
AMIT DASGUPTA: Diplomatic states is part of my job. It’s a good always above board, many of whom
offices are broken up into two brief, it’s enjoyable. Sydney is a great are un-Australian in the way they
parts. When a country is very large city. Throw in the fact that I have my are functioning. Once these are
you have consulates and you have daughter living here with me and I regulated, the problem will cease
a high commission or embassy, think I have the best of everything. to exist.
located in the capital. The high My daughter is very happy here,
commission or embassy deals
only with bilateral relations – all the
Q:
Australia has received
studying at the University of New
negative media
South Wales (UNSW) and I have
political and security matters, the
coverage recently about its
met a large number of international
fun part if you like. In the consulate,
treatment of Indian foreign
students from different universities
we deal with the nitty-gritty,
students. How would you
around Australia who feel the same
commercial work. My jurisdiction is
respond to this?
way. These people will return home
NSW and South Australia, so trade DASGUPTA: I’ve consistently as proud brand ambassadors of
and commercial relations between taken the same position since Australia, and that is the way it
consul g
India and these states fall under the first attack occurred on 23 should be.
my supervision. We also deal with May. There are four different
what is known as consular work, types of education providers
predominantly dealing with visas. If here in Australia: universities,
Q:
Why should Australian
business look to India
Indian citizens or people of Indian TAFEs, and the private education
for bilateral trade?
origin have a problem abroad then sector consisting of those under DASGUPTA: I think Australia’s
their first port of call is the consulate. the jurisdiction of ACPET and position should be in terms of its
We also deal with matters relating those outside ACPET’s rule. In own national interest. Given the
positive things that are happening
in India and the prediction that
“I believe, given... the fact India is India will continue to grow rapidly,
projected to continue to grow rapidly,
I believe it to be in Australia’s best
interest to engage Australia more
that it’s in Australia’s interest to engage meaningfully, as it is in India’s
India more meaningfully. I think it’s a win/
interest to engage Australia more
meaningfully. I think this is certainly
win for both countries. There’s a history a win/win situation for both
in terms of our relationship, which hasn’t
countries. The relationship between
our two countries has a history,
always been explored fully.” which hasn’t been fully explored
yet. We are both democracies, we
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