The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants are looking to create partnerships and develop networks with some of the most progressive states in India.

The trade mission organised by The Federation of Asian Businesses (FAB), in conjunction with the North East Growth Hub and wider partners of the Northern Powerhouse will take place Wednesday 22 November until Thursday 30 November.

India is the second largest country in the world by population, the world’s largest democracy and the largest English speaking nation in the world. The new government is committed to pursue economic growth and initiatives including “Make in India”, “Digital India,” “Skill India” and “Smart Cities” which have created a positive business environment with a number of business growth opportunities.

This nine day mission will aim to build on this new found government commitment, in order to allow the AIA and like minded professionals to build business links and set up bespoke business opportunities with educational institutions in what is one of the worlds fastest growing markets.

India’s recent growth is largely driven by domestic demand, fuelled primarily by a rapidly growing middle class.

AIA Head of Development, Sharon Gorman, who will be attending on behalf of the Association, commented: “This trade mission provides AIA with a great platform to meet with Indian Ministers and policy makers; the first step from which to commence our long term strategic goals within India.

“At AIA we never rest on our laurels, and as a progressive, forward thinking membership body we are always looking to increase our global footprint and membership network.

“India’s economy is now growing faster than China’s, so it is essential that we are offering our services to this burgeoning accountancy sector.”

Other attendees on the trade mission include: Professor Ammar Mirza CBE (North East LEP), Professor Stan Oliver and Timothy Jackson (Northumbria University), Martin Venning (Northern Powerhouse) and Sharon Jandu (University of Huddersfield).