Department of State Development

10 Aug 2016 Investment, Trade

Water agreement the next step in Indian centre of excellence

Sister States South Australia and Rajasthan signed an agreement in India that will see the establishment of a new water centre of excellence in Jaipur.

The Centre of Excellence in Water and Resource Management MOU is the next step towards India having a nationally and internationally recognised centre for leadership and innovation in water resource management, education, training and research.

The agreement will enhance the already strong relationship with South Australia’s own International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management (ICEWaRM), and exchanges of knowledge and technology will assist Rajasthan manage its own and other water resources across India.

ICEWaRM has an international reputation as Australia’s centre for leadership and innovation in approaches to water resource management.

Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje signed the agreement in Jaipur as part of the State Government’s week-long delegation to India.

One hundred and two people representing business, non-government and government organisations are in India this week to focus on growth opportunities for South Australia in defence and advanced manufacturing, water and environment management, resources and energy, higher education and skills training, premium food and wine, health, sports, tourism and culture.

In November last year, South Australia signed a new sister-state agreement with Rajasthan to further strengthen the relationship with India.

The India mission contributes to the State Government’s economic priority of building international connections and engagement.