Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Media release

27 January 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PA-CN/17/03

                                      Strong Australian presence at Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment Meet and 23rd CII Partnership Summit

Australian Government officials and business representatives form one of the largest national contigents at the Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Partnership Summit, which opened in Visakhapatnam today. Significantly, the largest part of the Australian presence was a strong delegation from the state of Western Australia, which concluded a Sister State Agreement with Andhra Pradesh last month. The Australian delegation will meet Chief Minister Hon. Chandrababu Naidu and a range of ministers and senior officials to discuss progressing a range of projects during the summit

“The large number of Australian representatives at this year’s Summit reflects the strong growth in the Australia-Andhra Pradesh relationship over the past year or so” the Australian Consul-General for south India Mr. Sean Kelly said in Visakhapatnam today, “We are working closely with chief Minister Naidu’s government to implement a range of exciting projects in mining, mining services, university and vocational education, agribusiness and technology transfer.”

“The conclusion late last year of a sister state agreement between Andhra Pradesh and Western Australia has really given the relationship a major boost.” Mr. Kelly explained. “The two states are working through an impressive agenda of collaborative projects, particularly in mining, education and agriculture, that will generate growth and jobs in both states”

The Western Australian delegation is led by the Director-General of the Western Australian Department of State Development, Mr. Steve Wood, and includes representatives of mining companies and educational institutes. Members of the delegation expect to sign at-least four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during the summit, substantially expanding Western Australia’s footprint in Andhra Pradesh


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