Visit of State Finance Ministers for GST – Sept 27-30, 2015


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GST has been one of the priorities for the Modi Government and is often viewed as one of the economic game-changers in India.  On GST, India has a lot to learn from Australian experience. As in Australia, GST is engaging the minds of our political leadership, economists and business persons and is currently being discussed in parliament.  The effort of the Government is to work with State Governments to evolve a consensus.

In this connection, a delegation of 13 State Finance Ministers and their representatives including from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, UP, Andhra Pradesh visited Sydney from 27-30 September 2015.  A copy of the composition of the delegation is attached.

During their visit the delegates met Hon Mike Baird, Premier, Hon Gladys Berejiklian, Treasures and Hon Stuart Ayres, Minister for Trade. The delegation was also briefed on GST by Mr Blair Comely, Secretary Department of Premier and Cabinet and Dr Ken Henry, former Secretary to the Treasury.


Government of NCT of Delhi

Shri Manish Sisodia, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister/Finance Minister

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Shri Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Hon’ble Finance Minister

Government of Haryana

Capt. Abhimanyu, Hon’ble Finance Minister

Government of Himachal Pradesh

Shri Prakash Chaudhary, Hon’ble Excise & Taxation Minister

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Shri Jayant Malaiya, Hon’ble Finance & Commercial Taxes Minister

Government of Punjab

Sardar Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Hon’ble Finance & Planning Minister

Government of Rajasthan

Shri Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Urban Development and Housing Minister

Government of Tamil Nadu

Shri M.C. Sampath, Hon’ble Commercial Taxes and Registration Minister

Government of Telangana

Shri Eatela Rajender, Hon’ble Finance & Civil Supplies Minister

Government of Uttar Pradesh

Shri Biresh Kumar, Principle Secretary, Commercial Taxes

UT of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Shri Sandeep Kumar, Development Commissioner/Secretary (Taxation)

Government of Kerala

Dr. Rajan Khobragade, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes

Government of Uttarakhand

Shri Dilip Jawalkar, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes

Government of Gujarat

Dr. P. D. Vaghela, Commissioner, Commercial Tax

Goods and Services Tax Network

Shri Navin Kumar, Chairman (GSTN)

Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers

Shri Satish Chandra, Member Secretary

Government of India

Smt. Rashmi Verma, Special Secretary, Department of Revenue

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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