Friday, January 21, 2022

Australia to have new consulate general in Bengaluru

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison on Wednesday said that his country is seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru.

He also said that Australia will deepen its ties with India’s innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as the governments at all levels, and asserted that the ties that bind both nations are “indeed strong and abiding”.

“I’m pleased to let you know that Australia is also seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru. Bengaluru is the world’s fastest growing technology hub of course we want to be part of it. It is home to a third of India’s unicorn companies,” Morrison said.

In his video message to the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS)-2021, he said, Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand its diplomatic presence in India to five posts.

The video message was played at the 24th edition of the BTS, that was inaugurated by Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Minister for IT & BT, Science & Technology C N Ashwath Narayan, Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani, Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw among others.

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Morrison also noted that as the BTS is on, his country is also kicking off the first-ever Sydney Dialogue in Australia, and he was honoured that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the dialogue tomorrow.

Noting that technology-leading nations will have greater economic, political and military power and considerable influence on global norms and values into the years ahead, the Australian Prime Minister said India is a major technology power.

“Technology is at the forefront of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which Prime Minister Modi and I signed last year,” he said.

Indian and Australia are also collaborating on the mining and processing of critical minerals like cobalt and lithium and rare earth elements that are vital to clean energy technologies, and have military applications. Morrison said both countries are also cooperating on space science, technology, and research.

“We’re deepening our education and research links also vital to technological cooperation, and we’re working towards a low-emissions technology partnership, which will see us combine efforts on hydrogen and ultra-low-cost solar,” he said.

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He highlighted that both countries are also working with the United States and Japan through the Quad Leaders Dialogue. “Together, we’re working to bolster supply chain security, advance the deployment of secure 5G and beyond-5G networks, to combat cyber threats, and secure our critical infrastructure, and much more. You know, and I know, that technology isn’t developed in a vacuum,” he added.

He mooted a new Australia-India Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy which will bring together Australian and Indian technologists, policy practitioners, academics, researchers and thought leaders.

 

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