Australian Road Safety delegation to support India’s road safety initiatives

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unnamedNewZNew (Chandigarh) : A 29 member Australian road safety delegation is visiting India to share industry experiences and develop partnerships with their Indian counterparts in New Delhi and Chandigarh. This delegation is part of a multi-sectoral mission of Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) from 12-16 January 2015.

Led by the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, ABWI is the largest Commonwealth-sponsored trade, investment, education and tourism mission ever undertaken to India, comprising around 450 business delegates.

Nicola Watkinson, Australian Trade Commission’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for South Asia, said “This mission reinforces the message that Australia is keen to identify, strengthen and deepen relationships with India.”

[blockquote author=” said Ms Watkinson” pull=”pullright”]“Australia has a long history of providing expertise to international jurisdictions striving to reduce rates of road crashes, injuries and death, and its reputation as a pioneer in road safety is known worldwide,”[/blockquote]

Dr Grayson Perry, Trade Commissioner, said with road safety a national high priority of the Indian Government and State Governments, the visiting delegation will share knowledge, best practices, exchange ideas and offer Australian expertise and technology to help improve road safety in India.

“Companies and organisations based in Australia have more than 20 years of experience assisting offshore governments with road-safety solutions, ranging from policy, planning, engineering and design, traffic management, to services and technologies that make roads safer,”said Dr Perry.

“These companies have also worked on aid-funded projects as well as commercial ones across continents, each with varying climates, terrains, cultures, languages and legal systems, making them ideal partners.

“Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and has world-class capabilities across all five pillars of the strategy: road safety management; safer roads and mobility; safer vehicles; safer road users and post-crash response,” he said.

Dr Perry said some key events of during the week include meetings with senior officials in key ministries from Central and State Governments; discussions with research institutions involved in roads and road safety; and participating in the International Roads Federation Conference from 15-16 January 2015 in New Delhi where Australia is the Country Partner for the event.

This also builds on existing road safety initiatives being undertaken in India including ‘The Australian Road Safety Showcase’ the Australian Trade Commission organised in Chennai from 17-21 March 2014.

For further information about ABWI visit: www.austrade.gov.au/India

India is Australia’s11th largest trading partner with two-way trade of A$15.2 billion and fifth largest export market, with total exports of A$11.4 billion.Total Indian investment in Australia is near A$11 billion (up from A$600 million in 2006), while total Australian investment in India is over A$6.5 billion.

For further information about ABWI visit: www.austrade.gov.au/India

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About Australia Business Week in India

Organised by the Australian Trade Commission, Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) is led by the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment.  ABWI is a comprehensive programme of around 170 activities and events covering 14 industry sectors held across multiple cities in India covering New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Ludhiana.  ABWI is held from 12 to 16 January 2015, promoting Australia as a trade, investment, education and tourism destination.