Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Tourism; Commerce; Science

    Deputy Premier to lead India trade mission with WA business leaders

    16/05/2022 8:05 AM
    • Deputy Premier will lead WA Government mission to India July 12 to 19, 2022
    • Expressions of Interest now open for WA business leaders to be part of the mission
    • The mission will unlock opportunities and strengthen government and industry connections as part of the Diversify WA strategy 

    The Deputy Premier will lead a Western Australian Government trade and business mission to India in July.


    The focus of the multi-sector mission is to strengthen government and industry connections, unlock opportunities for Western Australian business in the Indian market and promote WA as a destination for tourists, students, talent, events, business and investment.


    As part of this trade mission, the Government is launching the opportunity for WA businesses to be part of the delegation to India.


    An online Expression of Interest is being launched today to participate in the mission from July 12 to 19.


    The online EOI is open to representatives from the following priority sectors which have been identified as part of the Diversify WA strategy:

    • International education and skilled migration;
    • Mining and METS;
    • Energy;
    • Innovation hubs and smart cities;
    • Primary industries; and
    • Tourism, events and creative industries 

    The mission will canvas a range of programs and initiatives across Delhi, Mumbai, Vijayawada and Chennai. The program will include ministerial meetings, group briefings, industry roundtables, one-to-one business matching, networking events, and Invest and Trade WA showcases.


    India is the world's largest democracy and has a population of 1.3 billion people. Its youthful population, diversified economy and strong growth trajectory present significant opportunities for WA businesses.


    In 2021, India was WA's seventh largest trading partner with total trade valued at A$4.6 billion, accounting for more than 17 per cent of total trade between Australia and India. 


    With the recent signing of the interim Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement, there are now further opportunities for the State to strengthen this important relationship. 


    The online EOI is open until May 27, 2022.


    To submit your EOI for this mission, please visit https://www.investandtrade.wa.gov.au/opportunities/invest-and-trade-wa-mission-to-india


    Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade, Tourism and Science Minister Roger Cook:


    "Diversifying Western Australia's economy and creating more local jobs will be the number one priority for this mission to India.


    "We're calling on representatives from the priority sectors identified in the Diversify WA framework to express their interest to join the delegation.


    "Western Australia has always maintained a strong relationship with India, and it's important we continue to foster those close cultural and economic ties and take the relationship to the next level.


    "This is a really important trade mission for Western Australia which I am looking forward to leading."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500