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Australia keen on working with Puducherry

In discussion: Australian Consul General and Trade Commissioner for South India, Australian Trade Commission Aminur Rahman speaking at the Business with Australia seminar in Puducherry on Thursday.

In discussion: Australian Consul General and Trade Commissioner for South India, Australian Trade Commission Aminur Rahman speaking at the Business with Australia seminar in Puducherry on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T. Singaravelou

Staff Reporter

Port development, construction potential sectors

PUDUCHERRY: Besides tourism and hospitality, which were the focus areas of growth for Puducherry, port development, education, building and construction, were the potential sectors in which Australia and Puducherry could work together, Australian Consul-General and Trade Commissioner for South India, Australian Trade Commission Aminur Rahman said on Thursday.

At a seminar on “Doing Business with Australia” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Puducherry and Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Chennai, he said that the focus of Puducherry was to become a hub for tourism destination.

“Puducherry needs more and more hotels, theme parks and infrastructure and airport expansion, to accommodate larger aircrafts. Once these take place, there will be massive growth. Another area is port development and Puducherry is getting a brand new port. Education is another area in which we can work together,” he explained.

Noting that the future of India was in the tier-2 cities, Mr. Rahman said that the main cities cannot grow beyond a point. “For the growth of tier-2 cities, in the south, there is Coimbatore, Puducherry, Mysore, Mangalore, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. As India grows, there is a need for expertise and investment and this is where Australia comes in,” he stressed.

However, he said, “India does not promote itself. Every year, for the last five years, Austrade has been holding series of seminars across Australia to promote India. India needs to do something like this,” he said, adding that presently Indian investments in Australia were over a billion dollars.

Australian ministers would be visiting the country from July, he said. Adil Mohamed, Business Manager of Australian Trade Commission said that the key areas of Australian capabilities included infrastructure and major projects, building and construction, and healthcare. Chairman of CII, Puducherry, T. Rajarajan, was present.

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