Dated: 18 February 2020

The Australia India Business Council (AIBC) NSW Chapter hosted a welcome
reception for Mr Gitesh A. Sarma the new High Commissioner of India to
Australia on Tuesday 18, February 2020 at the Four Seasons Hotel in George
Street, Sydney.

Sameer Arora, AIBC NSW President, welcomes the new High Comissioner

Sameer Arora, AIBC NSW President, welcomed Mr Sarma and Mr Manish Gupta
Consul General India, Sydney and other guests. Sameer highlighted the strong
vision that both Australia and India have for promoting bilateral economic
growth and emphasised AIBC’s support of this vision by implementing strategic
plans with meaningful outcomes.

“AIBC NSW has a well-defined strategy in place for the next 12 months, in line
with AIBC National. All our initiatives are aimed towards adding value for our
members and partners and to enhance the Australia India economic profile in
NSW,” he said.

Mr Arora also outlined his and his team’s vision for 2020 and mentioned that
AIBC NSW would work very closely with AIBC industry chapters and
professionals to deliver a two-way outcome for investor friendly NSW and
Indian businesses.

Manish Gupta, Consul General India, Sydney speaking at AIBC

Manish Gupta, Consul General India, Sydney acknowledged the close working
relationship between his office and the AIBC and this would continue in in 2020.
The Indian business community in Australia was one of India’s biggest assets in
Australia, he stated.

India continued to be a growth market and offered Australian companies and
investors with lots of opportunities in doing business there, including those
provided by the flourishing start-up industry, he said.
”The sky is the limit,” he added.

Mr Sarma, acknowledged the warm welcome he had received in Australia.
He said while it was too early for him to talk with authority on Australia, first
impressions were that it was an open society with a genuine interest in India.
He said Australia had some of the finest minds in the world and had a
progressive multicultural society with people from all over the world.

There was a long history and relationship, with many similarities between
Australia and India, and this was conducive to furthering business ties between
the two nations. India was one of the most open places in the world to doing
business with, he added.

A. Gitesh Sarma, High Commissioner of India, addresses AIBC
Gitesh A. Sarma, High Commissioner of India, addresses AIBC

With the introduction of GST it now is “One Nation, One Tax” providing many
great options for trade and investment.

The impending visit to India by Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Trade,
Tourism and Investment, leading a major business delegation on 24–28
February 2020, would further enhance this important relationship, he added.
Amitav Goswami, AIBC NSW Vice President delivered the official Vote of Thanks
and acknowledged the support of AIBC stakeholders and members.
Preeti Bajaj, AIBC NSW Management Committee member was Master of
Ceremonies (MC) of this very successful event.

The AIBC is a not-for-profit organisation facilitating and linking businesses,
exporters and investors in Australia and India. AIBC NSW is the largest chapter
of AIBC and plays a strong role in creating business connections and leveraging
business opportunities between NSW and India.

Contact: Australia India Business Council, NSW
E: aibcnsw@aibc.org.au W: www.aibc.org.au