India Connect 2021

Strengthening Western Australia-India economic ties 

The Western Australian Government, in collaboration with the Consulate General of India in Perth, Australian India Business Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, Perth USAsia Centre, Confederation of Indian Industry and the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, will host India Connect on Friday 1 October 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

India Connect is designed to deepen Western Australia-India relations, providing a platform for meaningful discussion on investment and trade opportunities and complementary capabilities between the two regions. Keynote speakers will include His Excellency, Mr Manpreet Vohra, Indian High Commissioner to Australia and the Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.

Due to COVID-19 border restrictions, India Connect will be a hybrid event consisting of virtual and in-person presenters and guests. 


Key Event Details

Date: Friday 1 October 2021

Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm, Lunch session sign-in commencing from 11:30am

Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Program Overview:

11:30 - 12:00pm: Lunch session sign-in

12:00 - 1:30pm: Lunch session with keynote speakers including the Indian High Commissioner to Australia and the Deputy Premier of Western Australia

1:15 - 1:45pm: ‘Sector Connect’ session sign-in

1:45 - 3:00pm: Concurrent ‘Sector Connect’ sessions

3:00 - 4:00pm: Networking function

Full program will be released shortly.

Lunch Session:

The Lunch session will have limited capacity. To register your interest to attend the Lunch session, please click on the registration link below. Please note, availability is not guaranteed.


Free to attend, however capacity is limited.


Lunch session speakers

His Excellency Manpreet Vohra

His Excellency Manpreet Vohra

Indian High Commissioner to Australia

Hon Roger Cook MLA

Hon Roger Cook MLA

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Petula Thomas

Petula Thomas 

Chief  Executive Officer, Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce, India

Dr Parwinder Kaur

Dr Parwinder Kaur

Superstar of STEM, Science and Technology Australia; Associate Professor and Director, DNA Zoo Australia, The University of Western Australia; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Ex Planta Pty Ltd

VIkas Rambal

Vikas Rambal 

Chairman and Managing Director, Perdaman


Michael Carter

Michael Carter

President, Australia India Business Council, WA Chapter; Head, International Trade and Investment Centre, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

Abhay Mehta

Abhay Mehta

Chief Representative - CII Australia, Confederation of Indian Industry

'Sector Connect' sessions

To deep dive into an area of strategic economic importance between Western Australia and India, attend one of the following ‘Sector Connect’ sessions.

  • Batteries, Critical Minerals, Mining and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) – how India and Western Australia can leverage their respective strengths in natural resources, technology and human capital to supply the world’s future clean energy needs.
  • Primary Industries – ensuring Western Australia-India cooperation in the food and beverage sector benefits from traditional and emerging channels to market.
  • International Education and Tourism – deepening our people-to-people links and increasing mutual awareness for a stronger future.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Securing the Future 

The sessions will feature a moderated panel of industry and government representatives from both Western Australia (in-person) and India (virtual).

In addition to attending a ‘Sector Connect’ session, delegates will be invited to stay for a 1-hour Networking function where they can engage with industry and government peers and discuss next steps to progress business opportunities.


Free registration

In-person registration has now closed.

Virtual registrations will remain open until 1 hour prior to the event.

Register today


Please contact our India Connect 2021 Event Manager

+61 (0)8 9486 2000


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