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Melbourne unveils draft plan to strengthen biz ties with India

Melbourne unveils draft plan to strengthen biz ties with India
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First Published: Wed, Aug 24 2011. 12 31 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 24 2011. 12 31 PM IST
Melbourne: The Australian city of Melbourne has announced a draft plan to strengthen business ties with India, with a focus on building economic prosperity, facilitating learning and supporting community, cultural and civic links between the two countries.
According to an official statement from the City of Melbourne council, the plan was endorsed and the International Engagement Framework Draft India Statement was initiated to focus on the scope for business development activities with India. The city of Melbourne already has a strong working relationship with India and this engagement framework will ensure it continues to grow.
“The draft statement outlines its past engagement with India and looks toward our future plans, focusing in particular on business development activities in major Indian cities,” the statement said.
Currently, India is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner and through this engagement, the city of Melbourne now plans to focus on three key goals - building economic prosperity, facilitating learning and supporting community, cultural and civic links between the countries.
The chair of the Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) committee, councillor Kevin Louey, said the City of Melbourne already has a strong working relationship with India and this engagement framework will ensure it continues to grow. “This draft statement outlines our past engagement with India and also our future plans, focusing in particular on business development activities in major Indian cities including New Delhi and Mumbai,” Louey said. “The city of Melbourne has had a strategic alliance with New Delhi since 2008 - the only one of its kind in Australia,” he continued.
“Mumbai is also a member of our Business Partner Cities network and there are great business opportunities to be sought through this relationship,” he added.
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First Published: Wed, Aug 24 2011. 12 31 PM IST