The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is proud of its reputation as a strong and vibrant multicultural society which is enriched and enhanced by members of our Indian-Australian community.
Our two countries have a shared passion for excellence in economic, social and cultural development. The India Australia Business and Community Awards are a key program that help us maintain existing and build new relationships between Australia and India.
In February 2019, the Northern Territory Government Department of Trade, Business and Innovation released the Northern Territory-India Market Entry Guide. This guide contains key contextual information about the relationship between the Northern Territory and India, and an analysis of opportunities for engagement with the Indian market for trade and investment. In March 2019, the Hon Selena Uibo MLA, Northern Territory Minister for Workforce Training, led an industry delegation to India to promote the Northern Territory as a study destination in our largest education import market. For me, activities such as these represent the significant potential of the Northern Territory's growing economic, social and cultural linkages with India.
Our shared history dates back to the early 1860s when cameleers and traders from the Indian sub-continent established trade routes throughout outback Australia, including in the Northern Territory. Since then, Indian-Australians' business acumen and love of community have proven beneficial to the growth of many sectors in the Northern Territory, particularly in professional, hospitality, health and transport services.
The Northern Territory Government values the contribution of Indian-Australians who have made the Northern Territory their home, and thanks organisers of the IABCA for providing a platform to recognise their achievements.
These awards reward the business and community leaders who are paving the way for future generations to prosper through trade which is based on mutual respect for culture and diversity. Recipients of these awards will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
I am pleased to support the IABCA Program, and extend my congratulations to this year's nominees and winners.