Springfield, Queensland – 8 July 2021 – Springfield City Group (SCG), the master developer of Greater Springfield, in partnership with Australia India Business Council Ltd (AIBC), the peak body for promoting and enhancing bilateral trade relations between the two countries, hosted the Australia India Technology Summit. The SCG/ AIBC partnership and collaborative Summit aims to further build the Australia-India relationship by attracting world-leading Indian technology companies to Australia.
Maha Sinnathamby, Chairman of SCG, said: “This summit is about bringing the best minds together, focusing on how we can continue to build a strong knowledge economy in this country. We need to work with the world’s greatest minds to understand how we can be best placed moving forward,
“In Greater Springfield we have laid the foundation to attract the very best partnerships – whether that be in technology, health or education. And now we are delighted to have a very specific focus on the Indian Technology Companies that are already in this country or planning to establish in Australia and understand their needs going forward.”
“The demand for knowledge workers over the next decade will be crucial in this country and we want to play our role in nurturing the minds in our national and local economy to enable them to participate actively in the knowledge economy as it continues to grow.”
“This summit has brought together great minds in Education, Industry and Government to discuss how we can leverage the assets we have in this country, build the knowledge workers of the future as well as attract more companies to locate to Australia in areas like the Knowledge Precinct in Greater Springfield.”
“India is already one of the fastest growing economies and is the third largest contributor to global growth. Over the next twenty years, India will require access to goods and services, which Australia is well positioned to supply, and IT tends to be a critical component of facilitating the supply of these goods and services. The Australian Government has taken steps to prepare for the strategic relationship investment and move to ensure access to a market that over the next twenty years will offer tremendous growth opportunities for both Australia and India.”
“Greater Springfield’s unique offering to these companies, is the chance to be involved in a fully master-planned city that offers innovation at its core. Greater Springfield is an economic powerhouse located in the heart of Southeast Queensland and provides a platform for companies to be innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative.”
Bob Sharpless, Deputy Chairman of SCG said: “Greater Springfield has, over three decades, solidified itself as a home for these types of organisations. With its own Data Centre, an extensive fibre network, a university, 15,000 students, and access to a population of over 500,000 within a 22-minute drive, Greater Springfield provides a true lifestyle within a 15-minute drive for employees that choose to work in the local Greater Springfield economy.”
Ashok Mysore, Chair of AIBC’s Information and Communications Technology and Digital Chapter said: “Indian technology companies have embraced Australia. It has proven a great place for them to access local talent and build a base of knowledge workers. These companies are projecting significant growth over the next decade and there is a tremendous opportunity for Australian engineers, software developers and innovators to be part of this growth and bring their own expertise to Australia. Australia is where these companies want to be, but they are also being courted by other developing nations. The opportunity is for Australia to show that it is the best place for these organisations to establish and grow.”
Jim Varghese, National Chair of AIBC said: “In our 35th year of celebrations, the Australia India Business Council is proud to support the Springfield City Group’s Australia India IT Hub Summit. AIBC believes in the power of this one-stop-shop location for leading tech companies from India and Australia to collaborate and further build on bilateral ties between the two countries. Australia and India have a long and proud relationship of working together. The India Tech Hub will drive innovation in the technology field and Australia only stands to gain.”
The Australia India Technology Summit was attended by leaders from industry and government including several Members of Parliament. Major Indian IT companies in attendance included TCS, InfoSys, HCL, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, among others. Speakers included Peter Varghese AO, who led the India Economic Strategy to 2035; and Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, who led the Australia Economic Strategy.