Briefing by DFAT/Austrade on Austraila’s India Economic Strategy to 2035

Sydney, 5 September 2018

I attended an enlightening briefing on Austraila’s India Economic Strategy to 2035 (IES 2035) by DFAT/Austrade. This was organized by AIBC and hosted by Deloitte at its Sydney offices. The key speakers were Australian High Commissioner to India, Her Excellency Mrs Harinder Sidhu and New Delhi-based Austrade official, Ms Leonie Muldoon, who outlined the opportunities and challenges for Australian business in India.

With 8.2% annualized economic growth (based on the GDP growth in the last quarter), India offers great opportunities for Australia for the next half century. The key sectors are education, retails and services, and agribusiness. IES 2035 outlines sector-based strategy with descriptions of opportunities in various states.

Click to access dfat-an-india-economic-strategy-to-2035.pdf

Peter Varghese AO speaking on IES:

Dr Yadu Singh

Red Shield Appeal, 24th-25th May, 2014 needs and deserves as much support as possible!


The Salvation Army is holding its annual Red Shield Appeal Doorknock during the weekend of 24th-25th May, 2014.

I took part in its Launch for Multicultural communities on Tuesday, 6th May, at Taaza Café, Leichhardt, NSW. This launch was organised by Sheba Nandkeolyar of Multiconnexions.

Among the key people present there were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary, Commonwealth Minister for social services, Hon Barbara Perry MP, Joseph Assaf AM, Leader of multicultural business community, Commissioner James Condon of Salvation Army, many multicultural community leaders and media.

The Salvation Army has been around in Australia since 1880, after being started in UK in 1865. They have presence in 126 countries.

They are involved into things like;

  • Night bus for International students in Newcastle, NSW,
  • English conversation classes,
  • Seniors clubs,
  • Employment Plus-helping unemployed people find jobs,
  • Salvos Legal-helping free legal help to those who could not afford it,
  • Refugee support,
  • Advocacy service,
  • Safe houses and accommodation, helping people needing emergency accommodation,
  • Many others.

Their target for fund-raising for this year Red Shield appeal is $80 millions, and annual doorknock appeal is a significant part of the fund-raising.

Let us help them raise enough funds to be able to help the communities when in need!

With so many communities in distress due to pressure of daily living and difficult financial circumstances, we are grateful that Salvos are there for those when help is needed.

They can be contacted on 13 SALVOS and their website is


Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/9th May, 2014