Photos and Messages - Delhi 2009










































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Brett Lee, Australian Fast Bowler

"With best wishes to all participants of India-Australia Investment Forum. It is an exciting opportunity to invest in Australia and this event will bring avenues for a growing business relationship between two great countries."




Good Wishes from The Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for Trade, Australia.



"Trade between India and Australia is growing in leaps and bounds. Over fifty percent increase in one year is quite incredible.
Our economies are complementary and mutually supportive. Our unique shared traditions keep us closely in tune with each other. So we can do so much more in partnership.
I am confident we will weather well any down-turn in applications from young people in India for tertiary study in Australia. I believe it will not adversely affect the rate of growth of our trade picture.
The New South Wales Government has made strident efforts to effectively address all the issues that have impacted on Indian students over recent months.
I have said on numerous occasions, including in the New South Wales Parliament, that Indian students are very welcome in our state: “they are guests who live among us who become our friends who work in businesses in our neighborhood and who go back home as life-long ambassadors for Australia, its people and its education system”.
Education is just one important element in our trade relations. There is so much more potential to be explored.
I wish the India Australia Investment Forum 2009 every success and I look forward to hearing about the outcomes and then considering any viable proposals that come before me, as a result."


Good Wishes from Jon Stanhope MLA, Chief Minister of Australian Capital Territory



"Western Australia’s trade and investment links with India are among our State’s most important and will play a key role in our future development.

This year, the Western Australian Government underlined its commitment to the relationship with an official visit to India by the Hon Brendon Grylls MLA, Minister for Regional Development, in September. The visit strengthened ties and emphasised Western Australia’s reputation as a competitive and reliable source of high quality mineral resources for India’s economic growth. India is one of Western Australia’s top five export markets, worth over $6 billion in 2008-09, and an important investor in Western Australia’s resources industries. India’s investment in our resources sector and related infrastructure is increasingly significant in enabling the development of our State’s natural assets. 

Western Australia is preparing for future growth, with a wide range of new resources being developed, including rare earths, lithium and urea. A $4 billion deep water port, rail and industrial land project, currently underway at Oakajee, will also help to service the resource rich Mid West region. In the petroleum arena, natural gas reserves of up to 157 trillion cubic feet have been discovered in Western Australia and are among the 10 largest resources in the world. Large investments into new gas production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing are also underway or under consideration, and will more than treble Western Australia’s annual LNG production capacity, currently at 16.3 million tonnes or about 10 per cent of the world’s production. Western Australia is also planning for a new LNG precinct which will enable the development of major new gas fields in the Browse Basin, located off the State’s far north coast. The area has revealed reserves of natural gas which have, to date, reached 29 trillion cubic feet, with future discoveries predicted. The State’s capital city of Perth is also a major centre for petroleum and sub-sea exploration expertise.  A growing number of international companies are choosing the city as the base for operations in the Asia Pacific region. There are many other areas of business which are being developed to our mutual benefit including fine food and wine, building and construction and mining technology services. There are also important opportunities for collaboration in research and development of technologies and products in fields such as health, agriculture and biotechnology. India is already the second largest source of overseas students enrolled at Western Australian educational institutions, and an increasingly important tourism market for the State.

Recognising the importance of India to our State’s development, the Western Australian Government has operated a trade and investment office in Mumbai since 1996. As well as promoting Western Australia and supporting major contract negotiations, the office helps build links between Western Australian and Indian businesses, educational and research institutions. As India’s economy continues to thrive, we look forward to creating business growth opportunities across a wide range of industries including education, agriculture, science and technology, infrastructure development and resources."


 Lisa M. Scaffidi, The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, City of Perth

"I wish to welcome attendees of the India Australia Investment Forum 2009 and trust your attendance of the conference in Delhi opens new doors that will bring great opportunities and success.  I also wish to convey my warmest greetings to all members of the Australian and Indian community on such an auspicious occasion.

Congratulations to the organisers for focussing on such a great promotional initiative.  With the support of the Australia India Business Council, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, I am certain that bilateral trade and investment between India and Australia will continue to flourish.  
Indian culture is well known for its rich and remarkable heritage, and Perth is very fortunate and proud to be able to experience this colour and allure which adds warmth and texture to our city and people’s diverse cultural fabric.  The longstanding mutual friendship, affection and links between our countries is a wonderful platform to develop further a connected future in the business and commercial sphere.

It is with great sincerity that I wish all participants of the India Australia Investment Forum 2009 every success for your conference."


Good Wishes from Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne.


Good Wishes from Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney.

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