“After China,India sends the maximum number of students to New Zealand every year. In terms of percentage growth of students coming to our country,India tops all other nations,” said Jan Henderson,New Zealand High Commissioner to India who was in the city to take part in the second edition of India-New Zealand Business Forum held here on Saturday to promote bilateral trade between the two nations.
Indian students contribute 250 million NZD (about Rs 128 crore) to the economy of the island country. “In 2012,over 11,300 students from India visited our country for education. Of this 10% were Gujaratis. Next year were are looking at a five percent growth and we expect quite a sizeable number of students to come from Gujarat,” said Jan Henderson,New Zealand High Commissioner to India on Saturday.
About 40 percent of the students opt for management and commerce course and branches like Information Technology,Engineering and Travel & Tourism. “In 2007,the student numbers from India were less than 4,000,” said Zeina Jalil,regional director (South Asia),Education New Zealand.
According to Henderson,the bilateral trade stands at 1.1 billion NZD which is just one-tenth of that between New Zealand and China. “In the last five years,the trade between the India and our country has doubled. We mostly export commodities like corn,wool,hides and skins,wood to India and import gems and jewellery,horticulture products,spices,tea and garments,” she said while interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of the forum.
In 2012,over 30,000 tourists visited New Zealand most of whom were honeymooners.
Talking about Gujarat,the High Commissioner said that her country was exploring possibilities in forging tie-ups in the Dairy and Agri-Business sector in the state. “There is a huge opportunity in these segments as we have the necessary technology that can control wastage and add value especially to milk and milk products,” Henderson added.