March 13, 2013, Gandhinagar: Taking forward the successful visit of the Australian delegation in the recently concluded Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013, HE Mr Patrick Suckling visited Gujarat with a delegation of 11 members. The delegation visit ended with signing of Two MOU’s in the presence of Mr Varesh Sinha, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat and HE Mr Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India.
An MOU was signed between Mr Ray Grifiths, CEO, Kangan Institute, Victoria, Australia and Industries Commisionarate Mr Kamal Dayani, Government of Gujarat to promote skilling in automotive sector. In order to facilitate the partnership, government of Gujarat will help Kangan Institute in obtaining necessary permissions and approvals as per the prevailing rules and regulations of the state Government. The board of Kangan institute will jointly work with partners such as Maruti Suzuki, Ford Motors, GMDC and IIT Gandhinagar under the umbrella of International Automotive Centre of Excellence (i-ACE) to promote skilling of automotive sector.
The MOU will provide the framework within which detailed proposals for programs for establishment of International Automotive Centre of Excellence, Skills Development , Education, Research, Training and interaction between the parties would be jointly considered on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit.
Mr Nicholas Dal Sasso, Managing Director Ecotech Pvt Ltd entered in to a joint venture with Dr R C Naik, Uniphos Envirotronic Pvt Ltd. to manufacture environmental monitoring equipment. Ecotech has been instrumental in manufacturing and exports of environmental monitoring systems with knowledge over 35 years. Uniphos Envirotronic Pvt Ltd is one of the leading the only Indian manufacturer of gas detection products. The Joint Venture will have equal equity participation of both the parties and the operations would be based in the industrial town of Vapi, Gujarat, India. The objective of this venture is to utilise the technical know-how of Ecotech with the local market and research and development presence of Uniphos to bring world class products to the Indian market under the globally recognised brand name of Ecotech.
The aim of this venture is to assist government and private industries to measure and quantify their impact on the environment so that they are able to take appropriate steps to ensure they do not adversely impact on human health or the environment.
Welcoming the delegation, Mr. M. Sahu, Principal Secretary, Industries & Mines, Government of Gujarat thanked the Australian side in continuing their engagement with Gujarat after a successful participation in Vibrant Gujarat 2013.
* Two MOU signed in the presence of Chief Secretary Mr Varesh Sinha and HE Mr Patrick Suckling
* Kangan Institute, Victoria entered in to an agreement with Industries Commisionerate (GOG) for skilling in automotive sector.
* Ecotech Pvt Ltd and Uniphos Envirotronic Pvt Ltd, signed an MOU to enter into a Joint Venture to manufacture air quality monitoring equipment.
Speaking on the MOU’s, Mr Varesh Sinha, Chief Secretary said, “While the state government is committed towards industrial growth we also are focussed on providing vocational education to ensure that the states youth gets employment and at the same time safeguard the environmental balance”.
In the past, a Delegation from Gujarat led by Mr. H K Dash, Principle Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Government of Gujarat, visited Australia with the objective to promote Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 and explore business opportunities between Australia and Gujarat. As part of the visit, delegates travelled to the state of Victoria. The Department of Sustainable Development along with other players in the water sector visited Gujarat during early February 2012. Post Gujarat’s delegation to Australia, Secretary of Victorian Government also visited Gujarat.
Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau