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The Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand recently stressed the need for one-to-one engagement to progress business engagement between New Zealand and India. 


Muktesh Pardeshi addressed the members of the India New Zealand Business Council and the business community in Auckland on 18 December. He spoke of the long standing cultural and people-to-people connections between India and New Zealand and stressed that more needs to be done for business interactions.


Pardeshi recounted the progress both countries have made, especially in the past three months – with high level interactions at G2G, B2B and C2C level. He pointed out that in 2019 there had been many exchanges on the political front, as well as between the two Navies and the business communites – saying that his is a very good indicator of the growing ties.


Later on, he was joined by Heath Mills from NZCPA, who shared his insights into the opportunities within the sporting sector. Mills encouraged Kiwi businesses to leverage off the brand that the Blackcaps have created specifically in India.


INZBC Chair Sameer Handa provided an overview of the activities of the Council and also acknowledged the delegation of Kiwi businesses that are attending the Indian F&B sector trade show – Indus Food. “INZBC has been at the forefront of increasing B2B engagement between both countries and the fact that this is the third time such a delegation is going to India, is proof of it,” said Sameer.


The Indian High Commissioner also congratulated INZBC for its ongoing endeavours and efforts in this regard.


INZBC’s head of Strategic Partnerships, Sunil Kaushal said that with New Zealand-India trade crossing the $3 billion mark, “it is a good time for all stakeholders to take stock of how we can work as ‘NZ India Inc’ to further this blossoming relationship from all facets of trade, cultural, people-to-people and government-to-government levels”.


“The Indian High Commissioner’s update shows the level of intensity that both governments are placing on taking the relationship to the next level in the coming decade. India New Zealand Business Council endorses those efforts and will positively contribute to the development of those initiatives for our members and NZ India Inc,” said Sunil.


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