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India is changing and developing
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at an incredible rate, things
are happening at a pace more
accelerated than anywhere else.
I recently went to Hyperabad,
to study at the Indian School of
Business. It was extraordinary, consul g
just like the swankiest school
in the US. The facilities and the
classrooms beat anything I’ve seen
anywhere in Australia, even in the
best universities. It was incredible.
India is diverse, in culture but also
in operation. There is extreme rural
poverty, but also work situations that
rival the best in the world.
above left: indian and australian business people, top left: Cultural ties – india
and australia share a passion for cricket, above right: the university of new
Q:
What are the first
steps for Australians
south Wales.
who want to explore trade
with India?
share the English language, and we attract investment from India and DASGUPTA: The consulate is
both play cricket! And at the end of develop a closer relationship with a good place to start. There are eneral
the day, Australians have a positive the energy industry. three offices in the country where
resonance towards India, as do India also has a proven you can simply knock on the door.
Indians towards Australia. So why capacity in biotechnology and We also have premier chambers
should they not enjoy a strong trade nanotechnology and I think this is of commerce and industry and
relationship? If it’s going to be good something that needs to be tapped the Australia India Business
for the economy of both countries into. We also have the world’s Council, all of whom have state-
and for the welfare of both countries largest publishing industry in the of-the-art websites. These bodies
then why shouldn’t we engage English language, and every car that are all manned by exceptionally
more extensively? exists in the world has at least one good people, who have a sound
component made in India. This is knowledge of their sectors. In
Q:
What industries and
something most people don’t know. addition, the Australian Government
sectors offer strong
So how do we synergise this, how is trying to do a lot in this direction
opportunities for commerce
do we reach out? I think the only and Austrade would be an
right now?
way we can do this is by expanding important port of call. If anyone is
DASGUPTA: If India is going to the traditional trade basket. struggling, their first step could be
meet economic projections of to contact me.
between 8-10 per cent growth in
the next 25 years, one thing it will
Q:
What do Australians
need to know about
certainly require is energy. Without
India as a business Q:
Australia and India
also share a passion
energy, you cannot sustain a GDP
destination. for cricket – what do you
growth rate of this dimension. By DASGUPTA: I’d say that India is
think of the team?
2031, India is going to require daunting. India is a challenge even DASGUPTA: I believe Ricky
800,000 megawatts of power. Were for Indians. It is a large country and Ponting is a fantastic player, when
we to use every single available it is a mystery – even to me. The you look at his statistics, he really is
power output in India today, we way it functions, the way it operates outstanding. I must confess I have
would still not touch that figure. is confronting, difficult. Any country a very soft corner for some of your
Energy is one of the most critical is. But if we treat each other as players, like Brett Lee and Adam
factors and Australia is abundant in equals and understand each others Gilchrist – they are all legends.
energy facilities, which can be used. capabilities, the possibility for this Anyone who loves cricket loves the
Australia can therefore relationship is endless. Australian team.
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