Mrs Varsha Gondane, Mayor Jack Dempsey and the High Commissioner for India, Dr Ajay Gondane. Image Supplied
The High Commissioner for India, Dr Ajay Gondane and Mrs Varsha Gondane, have arrived in the Bundaberg Region for a two-day visit after being invited by Mayor Jack Dempsey.
Mayor Dempsey said he wanted to showcase the region’s opportunities and ingenuity to the world’s second most populous country.
“It’s a priority for Council to promote a positive image of the Budaberg Region within Australia and abroad to open new markets and attract investment,” he said.
“By hosting the High Commissioner we are introducing some of the Bundaberg Region’s innovative industries to a significant potential new market.”
The Indian national flag was raised locally to welcome and acknowledge the visit of the High Commissioner.
In an informal meeting with Councillors, Dr Gondane said he had immediately been impressed with the friendliness and cleanliness of Bundaberg.
Mayor Jack Dempsey and the High Commissioner for India, Dr Ajay Gondane. Image Supplied
“It is interesting to compare India and Australia,” he said.
“India is about one third the size of Australia yet has a population of 1.3 billion. As nations we share many things in common including British influences and a strong love of cricket.
“I appreciate the opportunities that cities the size of Bundaberg can generate,” he said.
“In India we have some 1000 cities that have populations similar to Bundaberg and between us there are avenues to explore including education, tourism and agriculture.
Dr Gondane said he was available at any time to explore any opportunity that may benefit a relationship between India and Bundaberg.
The High Commissioner and Mrs Gondane will tour sites including Hortus Technical Services, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Macadamias Australia, Superior Pak and CQUniversity.
The Mayor said he has invited several Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the Bundaberg Region as part of a strategy to promote the region.
“I’m delighted the first diplomat to visit under this initiative is Dr Gondane from India,” he said.
“There is a big Indian community in the Bundaberg Region and huge potential for closer links.”
Dr Gondane joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1985. He has worked in various capacities in Indian Embassies and Consulates including Damascus, Baghdad, Vienna, Ankara and New York.