Australian envoy pitches for boosting co-op with India

By: | Published: July 25, 2016 6:42 PM

Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu today pitched for boosting economic cooperation with India as she indentified numerous sectors like dairy, sports, scientific research, foodgrains and education where the two countries can work together.

She said Australia's trade with China is ten times than the size of trade it has with India. (Source: IE)She said Australia?s trade with China is ten times than the size of trade it has with India. (Source: IE)

Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu today pitched for boosting economic cooperation with India as she indentified numerous sectors like dairy, sports, scientific research, foodgrains and education where the two countries can work together. With bilateral trade between the two nations pegged at 20 billion Australian dollars in 2015, India is Australia’s ninth largest trading partner and fifth largest export market, said Sidhu, whose family is originally from Punjab. “Even as these figures are very large, there is a lot of scope for doing more on developing economic relationship,” Sidhu told reporters.

She said Australia’s trade with China is ten times than the size of trade it has with India. “One of my objectives is to find ways to grow economic relationship between two countries (Australia and India) not just in size but also in diversity,” she said. Offering to help India’s agriculture sector, Sidhu said Australian expertise in dairy sector can help raise the milk output and reduce foodgrain wastage in Punjab. Australia was also closely working with India in the field of scientific research and technology besides the smart cities project, she said.

The Australian Institute of Sports has partnered with Punjab Institute of Sports for improvement of athletes’ performance which will involve bringing coaches and experts for excellence in the field. Sidhu said Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships and both are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation. “We concluded civil nuclear cooperation agreement last year that was very a big step forward. Australia is very much supporting India’s bid for entering nuclear supplier group,” said Sidhu.

The envoy also emphasized on partnership between the two countries in the field of education. She said Australia has rolled out a three-year multiple-entry visa system for India from July on pilot basis. “This will help parents who travel to Australia to spend time with their children and they do not have to apply for visa every time they go,” she said. She said in the last 10 years, India born population in Australia has grown by three times in 10 years. “Many Indians are going for study in Australia. In 2014, there were 46,000 students, in 2015 the figure was 53,000, and this year, it can reach 60,000,” she said. To a question on migration, Sidhu said, “Australia has a global migration programme which we have been doing for four decades. We have set number of people which we take. Migration programme is a global programme.” Sindhu said Australia’s migration system was very robust and it encourages only genuine applicants.

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