Gunnedah Shire Council supported local business at the Indian Consulate’s 70th anniversary of Indian Independence at a gala event hosted by the Indian Consul-General at Pier One on the Sydney Harbour.
Council was extended an invitation after an Indian trade delegation toured the Gunnedah district with NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager Joe Townsend.
Special guests at the anniversary celebrations included NSW Minister of Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Ray Williams; Minister for Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans Affairs David Elliot; Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello; other Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Council; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; NSW State Office; Consul Generals of Japan and Egypt; and representatives from Indian associations, business and community.
Council’s Manager Economic Development Charlotte Hoddle accompanied by Mullaley export business owner, Jacqueline Donoghue of Lively Linseed, presented the consulate with a Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce investment prospectus and spent time discussing trade and investment opportunities in the Gunnedah Shire.
“India has huge export potential, being the fastest growing economy in the world,” Ms Hoddle said.
“Gunnedah is well-suited for such an opportunity, given India’s high demand for coal, cotton and chickpeas, along with other products produced in our region.”
Indian delegates expressed genuine interest and an openness to discuss trade opportunities.
“It was a great opportunity to build relationships with India to promote our area,” Mrs Donoghue said.
“The discussions that took place showed a high level of willingness and genuine interest in our numerous products.”
1. Lively Linseed Director Jacqueline Donoghue and Gunnedah Shire Council Manager Economic Development Manager Charlotte Hoddle.
2. Gunnedah Shire Council Economic Development Manager Charlotte Hoddle with Aust-India Business Council Chair Pallavi Sinha.
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