“The trade and investment relationship between Australia and India will get a major boost following the Tuesday’s launch of the Australia India Business Exchange (AIBX).
The AIBX will provide businesses in both nations with market insights and connections to foster commercial partnerships that will help generate jobs and business opportunities in Australia and India.
AIBX will assist Australia’s premium food, beverage and consumer product providers to access e-commerce channels to offer Indian consumers greater access to our high-quality products; will support services and technology providers to grow partnerships and build resilient supply chains in the mining, resources and infrastructure sectors.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan launched the Morrison Government’s flagship program to advance trade and investment with India.
“Australia and India already share common values, interests and histories and the Australia India Business Exchange will strengthen that friendship,” Tehan said, adding, “AIBX presents opportunities to build on our close people-to-people ties and shared vision for a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific. AIBX will give business owners the confidence and capability to engage across our two markets.”
“Businesses on both sides need to raise their game, by shedding off their risk aversive attitudes, accepting diversity and differences as virtues, rather than vulnerabilities. This asks for building on deep country literacy, capitalising on diaspora’s established network and focusing on pain points and aspirations,” Natasha Jha Bhaskar, GM Newland Global Group leading corporate advisory firm with a focus on leveraging Australia-India trade relations told ET following the launch of AIBX. .
India was Australia’s eighth largest trading partner and third-largest market for services export in 2019-20. Two-way goods and services trade totalled $26.2 billion in 2019-20, and the two-way stock of investment was $36.7 billion in 2019.
AIBX delivers on commitments in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and the Government’s response to the India Economic Strategy. The 2021 program will be overseen by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and include virtual events, in-market activities and online resources to support Australians and Indians throughout the business exchange.”