On the evening of Saturday February 16th, Jim Varghese AM, National Chair of the AIBC and Nik Senapati, President AIBC Qld Chapter and FICCI representative in Australia joined (as guests of Deepak Gupta, President of Canberra India Council) the India in the Citycelebrations with Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Dr Ajay Gondane, India’s High Commissioner to Australia and other dignitaries.
The Indian diaspora presence was very impressive with a large and enthusiastic crowd present to hear short but inspiring speeches including one from the National Chair of the AIBC.
See photos below including one with Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Deepak Gupta, Nik Senapati and Jim Varghese
On Sunday February 17thDr Ajay Gondane hosted an all-day interactive session with participation from peak industry representatives and business councils including the AIBC, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), FICCI and NASSCOM.
His Excellency also invited the Indian consulate leaders that covered the states of NSW, SA, Victoria and Western Australia.
A highlight of the day was the presence of Ambassador Anil Wadhwa who leads the CII’s Australia Economic Strategy.
The AIBC was represented by:
- Jim Varghese AM National Chair
- Sanushka Seomangal National Vice Chair
- Barbara Ward, President NSW AIBC Chapter and also NASSCOM
- Nik Senapati, PresidentQld AIBC Chapter and also FICCI representative
- Deepak Gupta, Past President AIBC ACT Chapter and President of the Canberra India Council
The event was a great success in working together to:
- leverage Australia’s India Economic Strategy (IES);
- understand industry insights on IES;
- encourage the bringing together of future activities and programs of AIBC, FICCI,CII and NASSCOM in Australia.
See photo of AIBC delegation and other participants with His Excellency Dr Ajay Gondane and Ambassador Anil Wadhwa.