Western Australian primary industries representatives recently returned from a 10-day trade mission to India where they joined Deputy Premier Hon Roger Cook on WA’s largest ever investment and trade delegation to visit a foreign market.
Delegates from the rock lobster, citrus, grains and wine industries joined other sectors to explore mutually beneficial economic relationships between India and WA, particularly emerging opportunities for the WA agrifood sector, including those under the interim Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement.
Delegates participated in one-to-one business matching meetings, city briefings, industry roundtable discussions and WA showcase events in Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Chennai.
Highlights for WA agrifood and beverage delegates included onsite meetings with the food service sector at high end hotels and traditional and modern retail outlets, visits to the fishing boat harbour and port visits, meetings with potential importers and buyers, and the opportunity to explore synergies and areas of collaboration with WA’s sister state, Andhra Pradesh.
The mission culminated with an Invest and Trade WA event featuring a 200-kilogram shipment of WA rock lobster paired with wine from Margaret River, as well as a showcase of premium WA, honey, condiments, chocolate, nougat, beverages and lupins, at the Taj Connemara in the South Indian port city of Chennai.
This followed the announcement by the Deputy Premier of a new WA investment and trade office in Chennai, to support WA businesses pursuing opportunities within the region. Source: DPIRD / WA Deputy Premier | Photo: DPIRD