Indian delegation talks trade and investment in Coffs
BLUEBERRIES, business partnerships and seals were on the agenda for Consul General of India Sunjay Sudhir's visit to Coffs Harbour this week.
Mr Sudhir met with the region's business community on Monday as part of a tour to develop trade relations between Australia and India.
He said the Mid North Coast's tourism, food processing, education and health sectors present significant business opportunities that could be fostered.
"Traditionally we have not been looking at each other in the sense that Australia has been looking more at China and South-East Asia and India towards the Asian region and the US," he said.
"In that sense it's still unfamiliar territory for both sides and that's the gap we're trying to fill.
"The greatest challenge is insufficient awareness of each other's markets, procedures and opportunities.
"By spreading the message and sharing facts and figures about what's happening in India, then new opportunities to do business can be linked."
NSW Business Chamber Mid North Coast manager Kellon Beard agreed.
"We're looking to what we can export to India and what they can bring to Australia - particularly in terms of tourism," Mr Beard said.
"India has a very large emerging class and with that could come an increase of demand for our products."
While in Coffs Harbour, Mr Sudhir spoke at a business luncheon at Dolphin Marine Magic and visited local banana and blueberry farms.
"This is just a first step in the outreach effort and certainly not the last," he said.