• AFR India Business Summit

    AFR India Business Summit: What’s your strategy?

    22 November 2018
    Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

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His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind
President of the Republic of India

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia

India’s economic rise over the next 20 years presents transformational opportunities through increased trade and investment for Australia, and for India. The time is right to engage in a deeper and stronger economic partnership. This high-level Summit will demystify the ongoing sweeping reforms and highlight clear opportunities in key sectors for Australian investment, and the necessary foundations for driving greater interaction.

The Australian Financial Review is pleased to announce that His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, will join the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, as a keynote speaker at our India Business Summit next week.

This marks the first visit to Australia by an Indian President, signaling the high priority placed by both nations on driving deeper economic engagement.

Register now and be part of an important moment as the India-Australia relationship continues to develop.

Agenda

22 November 2018

8:50

OPENING | Opening remarks from Michael Stutchbury

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-chief, The Australian Financial Review

INDIA’S REFORM AGENDA

9:00

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

Sen the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

9:20

The time is now

This big-picture, macroeconomic analysis of India will highlight the drivers of growth and unmissable opportunities.

Dr Pradeep Philip, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

9:50

PANEL | India’s reform agenda

This panel of experts will delve into the reforms sweeping across India and the impacts on the ground. While businesses are the agents of change, governments must lead the way in an open, rules-based system to help overcome challenges, and facilitate greater trade and investment. Indeed, changes are beginning to be felt. To what extent has the complex business environment improved, and thus how can Australia position itself today for the long term?

Facilitator: Angus Grigg, The Australian Financial Review
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, India
Mukund Narayanamurti, CEO, Asialink Business
Dr Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research, India
R.V. Anuradha, Partner, Clarus Law Associates, India

10:30

Morning tea and networking break

FOUNDATIONS FOR A STRATEGIC ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

10:50

PANEL | Prioritising An India Economic Strategy to 2035

India offers some of, if not the greatest growth opportunities in the next 20 years for Australian business. An ambitious India Economic Strategy to 2035, as outlined in Peter Varghese’s landmark report to government, anticipates exports have the potential to triple from $14.9 billion to $45 billion, and outward Australian investment to increase tenfold from $10.3 billion to $100 billion. This panel will outline the long-term strategic investment that Australia’s businesses and government will need to make – starting now.

Facilitator: Lisa Murray, The Australian Financial Review
Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, Chairman, CII Task Force on Australia Economic Strategy
The Hon Barry O’Farrell, Deputy Chair, Australia-India Council
Jim Varghese AM, Chair, Australia India Business Council
Harsh Shah, Lead Partner, India Services, Deloitte
Sanushka Seomangal, Special Counsel, Thomson Geer and Co-founder, Australia India Youth Dialogue

11:30

The AFR in discussion with Sanjeev Gupta

The GFG Alliance has ambitious plans for Australian steel and renewable energy. The AFR sits down with the man behind the wheel to explore the vision and opportunities in India.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman and CEO, GFG Alliance
Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-chief, The Australian Financial Review

12:00

Address from the Shadow Minister

The Hon Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment and Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

12:15

PANEL | Changing trade patterns and a new resources balance

The way geopolitics plays out in the Indo-Pacific region in the coming decades has the potential to significantly impact Australia’s trade. Indian demand for Australian resources is expected to increase and will continue to be an important component of the trade relationship. However, India’s projected growth, large-scale urbanisation and adoption of renewables will underscore changes to trade patterns to and beyond 2035.

Facilitator: Angus Grigg, The Australian Financial Review
Nick Poutney, Senior Pulse & Speciality Grains Trader, GrainCorp
Tania Constable PSM, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia
Joseph O’Brien, Partner and Executive Chairman, VisIR Holdings
Tim Beresford, Global Markets and Industry Engagements, Austrade
Dr Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, India

13:00

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | How trade in resources can strengthen Australia-India ties

Sen the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

13:15

Lunch and networking break

OPPORTUNITIES AND HOW-TO

14:00

PANEL | Positioning for India’s services boom

A young, tech-savvy and highly-skilled workforce is increasingly driving the services sector to the fore of the Australia India relationship. India has been Australia’s largest source for tech talent and the fastest growing overseas source market for tourism. Professional services – including legal, financial, consultancy and tourism services – is expected to surge further as India’s economy ramps up. With more direct international flights needed, and planned, under the Open Sky arrangement, how else can talent be fostered and knowledge be shared, and what other growth opportunities can be unlocked?

Facilitator: Mark Mulligan, The Australian Financial Review
Graham Millett, CEO, Western Sydney Airport
Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum
Zia Mody, Partner, AZB & Partners, India
Girish Ramachandran, President, Asia Pacific, Tata Consultancy Services
R.V. Anuradha, Partner, Clarus Law Associates, India

14:40

Rapid Fire Sessions: India’s potential for disruptive innovation

Through 3 ten-minute presentations, this session explores the thriving entrepreneurial spirit of India’s start-up hubs, India’s emergence as a global tech leader, and Australia’s collaboration with India to harness this talent.

Dr Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Austrade
Ruchir Punjabi, Founder and Chair, Langoor, and Co-founder, Australia India Youth Dialogue
Ankur Sharma, PhD Candidate, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

15:10

PANEL | Education: the flagship of the future economic partnership

Education is the flagship sector of the bilateral relationship in the India Economic Strategy. Indeed, many Australian institutions already have partnerships with, and a physical presence in, India. Australia and India must look at new ways of delivering quality education, including reciprocal recognition of certification, online accessibility, research and knowledge exchanges. Through increased collaboration, unified positioning and targeted skills development, student and employment outcomes can be further improved. Moreover, education is the strong foundation on which future industries and opportunities for both countries are built.

Facilitator: Rob Bolton, The Australian Financial Review
Catriona Jackson, CEO, Universities Australia
Prof Arun Sharma, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), QUT
Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney
Andrew Barkla, CEO, IDP Education
Prof Gary Smith, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement, Deakin University

15:50

Afternoon tea and networking break

16:20

PANEL | Partners in Investment

Australian direct investment in India has much scope to grow. With India’s foreign investment regime becoming increasingly open, some of Australia’s largest institutional investors are looking to India as a key growth market. In fact, the India Economic Strategy suggests that Australia should strive for India to be the third largest Asian destination investment by 2035. This session will highlight particular sectors for increased investment and the changing regulatory landscape enabling stronger partnerships to be built.


With presentation by Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India, India

Facilitator: Luke Malpass, The Australian Financial Review
Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India, India
Robert Johanson, Chairman, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Chairman, Australia India Institute
Dr Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, India
Dr Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research, India
Zia Mody, Partner, AZB & Partners, India

17:00

OFFICIAL LAUNCH | CII-India Business Forum

With introduction by Ashok Jacob, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Ellerston Capital and Chairman, Australia-India Council

17:05

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | President of the Republic of India

His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India

17:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia

17:25

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:30

END OF SUMMIT | Networking Drinks with Deloitte

Speakers

His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind
President of the Republic of India

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Sen the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Ambassador Anil Wadhwa
Partner, India Strategic Path Finders Ltd, Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda

Sanjeev Gupta
Executive Chairman and CEO, GFG Alliance

Zia Mody
Partner, AZB & Partners, India

Sen the Hon Matthew Canavan
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

Dr Stephanie Fahey
Chief Executive Officer, Austrade

Rakesh Bharti Mittal
President, CII and the Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India

Deepak Bagla
CEO, Invest India

Sanushka Seomangal
Special Counsel, Thomson Greer and National Vice-Chair, AIBC

Chandrajit Banerjee
Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry

Tania Constable PSM
CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

Ashok Jacob
Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Ellerston Capital and Chairman, Australia-India Council

Dr Michael Spence
Vice Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney

Dr Rajat Kathuria
Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Econom.jpg

Robert Johanson
Chair, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Chair, Australia India Institute

The Hon Barry O’Farrell
Deputy Chair, Australia-India Council

Dr Pradeep Philip
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Jim Varghese AM
National Chair, Australia India Business Council

R.V. Anuradha
Partner, Clarus Law Associates

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

Andrew Barkla
CEO, IDP

Dr Jaijit Bhattacharya
World Economic Forum, 4th Industrial Revolution

Catriona Jackson
CEO, Universities Australia

Harsh Shah
Lead Partner, India Services, Deloitte

Margy Osmond
CEO, Tourism & Transport Forum

Mukund Narayanamurti
Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

Ruchir Punjabi
Founder and Chair, Langoor

Mr Graham Millett
CEO, Western Sydney Airport

Prof Arun Sharma
Depuy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation), QUT

Nick Poutney
Senior Trader, Pulses & Specialty Grains, GrainCorp

Ankur Sharma
PhD Candidate, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

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22 Nov 2018

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
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