South India and Andhra Pradesh
By Kelly Bailey from Perth USAsia Centre | 31 Mar 2017
Consul-General in Chennai, India, Mr Sean Kelly, led a roundtable discussion on the current political and economic conditions in India, with a focus on the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the union territories of Andaman and Nicboar Islands and Puducherry, which collectively contribute more than a quarter of India's GDP.
- When looking at India, it is not a 'single amorphous bloc' - each state is diverse - politically, culturally and economically - in almost every way
- The necessity of closer ties between national and state government is integral. The Modi Government provides a dynamic business environment but there is a greater requirement for economic development at the State level.
- The recently agreed West Australian-Andhra Pradesh Sister-State agreement opens up diverse economic opportunities to W.A., but Australian businesses must be willing to go to India to do business there.
Kelly Bailey is an intern at the Perth USAsia Centre
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