Federal Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb MP and Attorney General, Senator George Brandis QC will join cabinet ministers, CEOs, shadow parliamentarians and senior journalists to the Australia India Institute’s first Australia India Leadership Dialogue (AILD) in Delhi later this week.
The dialogue was confirmed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM visit to Australia in November 2014.
“The future of the Australia-India relationship is too important to be left to governments alone. Our business sectors, media, universities, and respective civil societies contribution, in parallel with our governments, will be just as critical” said Co-Patron of the dialogue, Anthony Pratt.
Anand Mahindra, the dialogue’s other co-patron said it was time both countries capitalise on what they can learn from each other.
“Australia, whose agriculture and agro-processing industries have made giant strides, can help rural India find the prosperity it seeks and India’s young and aspiring population can provide the educated and skilled talent Australia's growing economy needs,” said Mahindra.
From India, speakers include The Hon Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance and Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs from the Government of India as well as Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and CEO of JSW Steel, Professor Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairman, National Institute for Transforming India and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry.
From Australia, speakers include Sam Walsh AO, CEO of Rio Tinto Group, Ben Way, CEO, Macquarie Group Asia and Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian and Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.