Tech rounds out NSW premier's trade trip

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is in Bangalore, home to India's hundreds of technology-centred firms with a global footprint, to sell the state's start-up reputation.

The premier, along with his Trade Minister Stuart Ayres, visited on Friday the lush, green 85-acre campus of Infosys, a world-leading IT firm specialising in software solutions for insurance, banking, telecommunication and manufacturing companies.

Mr Perrottet took a tour of its Living Lab showcasing its latest experimental technology that include virtual reality-linked robots to round off the last day of a 10-day Asia trip that involved stops in Japan and South Korea.

The premier announced the New York Stock Exchange-listed tech powerhouse is opening a Living Lab in North Sydney to encourage innovation.

"This latest investment signifies Infosys' commitment to driving innovation and collaboration in NSW to help us further strengthen our digital economy," he said.

"NSW has established itself as the innovation capital of Australia thanks to digital powerhouses such as Infosys choosing to establish a presence in Sydney," Mr Perrottet said, on the final day of his visit to India on the 10-day tour.

Two-way trading value between India and NSW reached $4.6 billion last year, making it one of the state's biggest markets.

But the premier's investor courting trip has been marred by the growing controversy surrounding the appointment of former deputy premier John Barilaro to a cushy trade commissioner job based in New York.

Documents released from an ongoing inquiry into the appointment showed Jenny West, a former senior public servant, had been identified as the preferred candidate before the role was readvertised, and Mr Barilaro was eventually appointed.

Both Mr Perrottet and Mr Ayres told parliament in June they'd been advised the initial recruitment process had not identified any successful candidates, and appointments would be made by Investment NSW CEO Amy Brown.

Mr Barilaro stood down from the role at the end of June, less than two weeks after his appointment was announced, citing unwanted media attention.

He is set to the face an upper house inquiry in early August.

The premier is also contending with another scandal involving bullying and workplace harassment accusations levelled at Small Business and Fair Trading Minister Eleni Petinos by former staff.

Ms Petinos' portfolio includes looking after the state's workplace safety.

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