NSW and India partner for economic growth through CeBIT Australia 2012

4 January 2012

Efforts to develop international business, trade, investment and R&D links between NSW and India will be enhanced with an announcement that India will be the partner country for CeBIT Australia 2012.

CeBIT Australia, to be held in Sydney from 22-24 May, is the Asia Pacific's largest ICT business event and will be used in 2012 as a new international platform to build opportunities between the NSW and Indian economies.

Sydney and NSW will be promoted as a key Asia Pacific investment location for Indian companies wanting to target the Australian market and partner with NSW organisations.

The Partner Country Program will help NSW companies target Indian ICT markets as well as business, trade and investment opportunities across other key sectors including professional services, education and research, manufacturing, tourism and healthcare.

As well as business opportunities, the CeBIT Partner Country Program will allow NSW and India to explore mutual opportunities for innovative companies and research organisations to collaborate through cross-border research and development projects.

The NSW Government will be working hard to leverage opportunities for NSW companies wanting to expand internationally into Indian markets.

"The NSW Government is committed to growing our economy internationally through business, export, investment, and research and development opportunities, particularly with fast growing markets like India," Premier Barry O'Farrell said as part of the announcement on 4 January.

CeBIT Australia Managing Director Jackie Taranto said the Partner Country Program facilitated high-level introductions and discussions with the Australian business community, offering an unparalleled platform for future commercial partnerships.

"We look forward to welcoming India as the Partner Country for CeBIT Australia 2012 and to the ongoing collaboration between our two countries," Ms Taranto said.