Australia-India Services Dialogue Roundtable Workshop at the University of Melbourne

Melbourne Workshop

Head of School, Associate Professor Mandar Oak, convened an Australia-India Services Dialogue Roundtable Workshop at the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne, on November 2nd, 2012, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Commonwealth of Australia. Researchers and policy makers from Australia and India exchanged their research and ideas in the development and application of policy related research in the service sector. The services business sector in both economies was examined for options in direct business relations as well as in the scope for cooperation in order to compete in third country markets.

The Dialogue focused on four themes:

  1. Identify trends in the services sector in both economies and in the evolution of business strategy in that context (the business theme).
  2. Compare and consolidate research on services of mutual interest (the research theme), including:
    • services trade and its measurement
    • services innovation
      • services productivity and its measurement
    • services regulatory reform and underlying principles
  3. Review current policy issues in services within each economy and discuss those which are examined in other forums, including the WTO and in bilateral agreements (the policy theme).
  4. Provide options for education for participants from both economies in service sector development and policy issues (the capacity building theme).

Presentations from the following workshop speakers are now available below:

Professor Binod Khadria, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Skilled migration and how it affects other sectors, namely IT, health, higher education (student mobility)

Professor Rupa Chanda, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Trends in services output, employment, FDI and liberalization and regulatory reform issues in different services and PTA developments

Professor Arpita Mukherjee, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi
Services and inclusive growth including growth paradigms in the sectors like logistics, energy, retail and audiovisual

Neville Roach, Chairman, Advisory Board for Australia and New Zealand, Tata Consultancy Services and Member of the International Advisory Committee, Australia India Institute
Opportunities in ICT Services and Education Services – On Shore and Off Shore. Imperative for collaboration to alleviate insufficiency of skills and institutional capacity in both countries

Mr Andrew McCredie, Executive Director, Australian Services Roundtable
The potential to build bilateral services trade and its value for productivity

Associate Professor Philippa Dee, Crawford School, ANU
The Role of Services in India’s Possible Economic Futures

Paul Murphy, Executive Officer, North Asia Investment and Services Branch, DFAT
Current policy issues in services within the Australian and Indian economies and those which are examined in other forums, including the WTO and in bilateral agreements

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