Senior government and business leaders convened recently in Sydney for a session on The India Budget 2023-24 and bilateral opportunities. AIBC supported the Indian Consulate General to host the session.
Consul General of India Sydney Manish Gupta referred to ‘the winds of change’, referring to the transformation in the bilateral relationship. The budget presentation by Satyen Sinha of SBI provided an excellent overview. The session also included talks by Swati Dave, Chair of the Centre for Australia India Relations (CAIR) and a Panel discussion on emerging opportunities with several prominent leaders from industry, academia and media.
AIBC was represented by Irfan Malik, National Associate Chair and President NSW Chapter and Sheba Nandkeolyar, Chair of AIBC Women in Business and CEO of MultiConnexions Group.
Natasha Jha Bhaskar of Newland Group moderated the panel which included Dianne Tipping of Export Council of Australia, Professor Patricia M Davidson of University of Wollongong (who are opening a campus in India), David Harding of Business NSW, Ashish Dave of Kroll Risk and Advisory Services, Mahrukh Mundul of Fragomen Matt Wade of Sydney Morning Herald.
The key themes that were highlighted by the panellists include the positive shift in the bilateral relationship, emerging newer sectors such tech AI and training, and the trend towards immigration of skilled professionals.