TIQ supported 4 Queensland enterprises to showcase their products to the government of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in September.
Andhra Pradesh is India’s eighth-largest state, has the country’s highest gross state domestic growth (11%) and is one of 10 focus states in Australia’s India Economic Strategy.
TIQ invited the Queensland companies to join a delegation of 22 Australian officials and experts travelling to Andhra Pradesh with the Australian Consul General for South India, Ms Susan Grace.
Participating Queensland firms were:
- Populous – event and sport infrastructure designers
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – varied R&D and capacity-building partnerships
- Envirotec – dehydrator technology
- Bird Gard – wildlife management at airports.
The firms were accompanied on the visit by Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for India Gitesh Agarwal, who provided formal introductions to key Ministers, Secretaries and other decision-makers in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Agarwal said it was a great opportunity for the companies and for Queensland.
‘India is Queensland’s third-largest merchandise export market,’ Mr Agarwal said.
‘The presentations by these Queensland enterprises were a great opportunity to amplify their outcomes into the India market.
‘It’s another example of Queensland and India working together for mutual gain.’
During his visit, Mr Agarwal also took the opportunity to speak with the state’s Chief Minister, the Honourable Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, about Queensland’s world-renowned expertise in electric vehicles and river management.
Both are areas of particular interest in India and especially Andhra Pradesh, which faces many of the same environmental issues confronting Queensland.
Queensland company Tritium – the 2018 Queensland Exporter of the Year – was commissioned earlier this year to roll out its electric-vehicle chargers to the massive Indian market.
Mr Agarwal said he also promoted other Queensland offerings to Ministers and Secretaries during the visit, focusing on areas such as mining, equipment, technology and services; education and training; agri-processing, and health and urban infrastructure.
The visit to Andhra Pradesh is already starting to deliver outcomes. Since the meetings took place:
- QUT is engaging to further their work on a series of lectures on information security for teachers at Andhra Pradesh University
- Populous is developing a deeper engagement with the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority looking at opportunities at Amravati, the state’s new capital city
- Envirotec has already presented their extensive research on the Andhra Pradesh’s agricultural ecosystem and the potential applications of their dehydration systems in key agriculture areas.
In November 2018, the Queensland Government released the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023, which aims to deliver a $1.5 billion trade boost to the state’s economy and make it easier for Queenslanders to do business in India.
The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy is the first country-specific trade and investment strategy developed as part of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.