POTENTIAL Indian investors are forging closer links with Tasmania, with a million-dollar data centre that would create up to 100 jobs already on the drawing board.
Premier Lara Giddings yesterday helped launch the Tasmanian branch of the Australia India Business Council.
Victorian president Ravi Bhatia said trade and investment between Australia and India was worth $20 billion a year and was growing.
"I think it's important that Tasmania has its right share," Mr Bhatia said.
He named tourism, fresh produce and international students as strengths for Tasmania.
Mr Bhatia was also particularly interested in the state's information technology sector to become a "global success story" because of the renewable energy, dust-free climate and smart population.
He is already planning a data centre, worth between $25 and $50 million, to be located in Tasmania.
Although it's in the early stages, Mr Bhatia is confident the project could generate about 100 jobs.