Gandhinagar: Australia has signed MOUs with Adani Group, GMDC and Government of Gujarat. Currently 350 Australian companies are working in various fields in India and many more expected to join as 450 members delegation visited different cities of India.
In an exclusive interview to Asia Times, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Mr Andrew Robb said that we are exploring investment opportunities from both sides. Australia is planning to provide relaxations in visa rules and regulations. This step is being considered to promote both education and tourism. Australian delegation visited Adani Port at Mundra (Kutch) and also signed an MOU with the company.
Australia also signed MOU with GMDC for scholarship of skill upgradation of staff and create international centre of excellence. The MOU covers educational exchange also. For skill development, a center of excellence sports management and training centre would be set up by Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) and Australia’s University of Wollongong.
Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Mr Andrew Robb met Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today at Gandhinagar, ahead of Vibrant Gujarat 2015. Mr Robb is leading a 450 member delegation that will participate in Vibrant Gujarat 2015. Also, Premier of New South Wales Mr. Mike Baird met CM Smt Patel who was delighted to learn about GIFT city being developed by Gujarat government.
Gujarat government has signed MoU with New South Wales government for establishment of closer bilateral relationship. They agreed to increase cooperation between Gujarat & Australia in various sectors including education, infrastructure and agriculture. In the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel, Australia's New South Wales' Premier Mr. Mike Braid and its Trade & Investment Minister Mr Andrew Robb here today. Gujarat and Australia's New South Wales' Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in various fields including education, skill development, sustainable urban development, clean technology and water security.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Smt Patel expressed confidence that the MoU will enhance possibility for bilateral relationships, trade, and investments for the better future for both. The MoU was signed by Mr. Atanu Chakroborty, Principal Secretary (Industry) of Gujarat Government, and Mr. Blair Combell of Australia's New South Wales' Government, for their respective governments. The objective of this MoU is to inspire the students and experts from both the sides to make research works and higher studies in various sectors.
For skill development, a center of excellence sports management and training centre would be set up by Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) and Australia's University of Wollongong. In the MoU, a special emphasis has been given for planning and designing of the new cities under the sustainable urban development and encouraging green buildings in Gujarat. For water security, exchange of Australian expertise - best practices in water management and water distribution in Gujarat will be done. And for clean technology the possibilities of partnership for recycling of waste products would be incarnated.
Before signing this MoU, the Australian high level delegation arranged a brief meeting with the Chief Minister and lauded Gujarat's development in industrial, social and educational sectors. On this occasion Chief Principal Secretary to CM Mr. Kailashnathan, Secretary Mr. Ajay Bhadu and Principal Secretary (Industry) and Senior Secretaries were present.
Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.