CHANDIGARH: The High Commissioner of Australia to India, Barry O’Farrell AO kicked off his maiden go to to Punjab with a gathering with Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister Punjab on twentieth January, 2021. The two leaders mentioned methods to revitalize economies put up COVID-19, improve long-term financial cooperation between Punjab and Australia in agriculture, water, schooling, and strengthen commerce & diaspora ties between the 2 areas.
Today, Vini Mahajan, the Chief Secretary Punjab had a strategic dialogue with the High Commissioner of Australia to India. Vini Mahajan highlighted the Australia-India schooling partnership and supplied Mohali as the best vacation spot for Australian Universities serious about organising Indian campuses. It was proposed that R&D collaborations in agriculture could also be expanded. During the assembly, the Government delegation additionally offered the potential for collaboration in agri commodities like kinnow, pear, tomatoes, potato seeds and many others. State Government additionally requested Australian Government to supply agri-export certification relaxations just like these offered by USA & Canada. Australian firms had been additionally invited to put money into Punjab which provides a really investor-friendly ecosystem.
Barry O’Farrell AO expressed the curiosity of Australian Pension funds in making long-term investments within the Indian infrastructure sector. The High Commissioner additionally reiterated the curiosity of Australian universities in collaborating additional with their Punjabi counterparts and prolonged his authorities’s cooperation to the State within the fields of contemporary practices in agriculture and allied companies, schooling, and industries.
The State Government delegation comprised of Anirudh Tewari, ACS Development, Alok Shekhar, Principal Secretary Department of Investment Promotion and Industries & Commerce, Rajat Agarwal, CEO, Invest Punjab, and Manjit Brar, MD, PAIC. The Australian High Commissioner was accompanied by Lauren Dancer, Second Secretary, Economic & Trade, and Pragya Seth, Senior Policy Officer, Economic & Trade.
During his go to, the Australian High Commissioner additionally interacted with Punjab business titans like Rajendra Gupta, Trident Group, visited industries like Bansal Spinning Mills, Sahnewal, the place Australia’s merino wool is processed, and noticed the “Happy Seeder” (a machine that addresses stubble burning) which has been developed collectively by Punjab Agricultural University and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
For Punjab Government, this go to was a superb alternative to additional bilateral cooperation with Australia throughout sectors comparable to talent growth, schooling, agri & meals processing, infrastructure, and commerce.