Australian FM Payne announces new center for bilateral relations with India

March 22, 2022 7:40 p.m. STI

Canberra [Australia]Mar 22 (ANI): Calling India one of its most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Tuesday announced the establishment of a new center for bilateral relations between the two countries.
“The Australian Government will establish a new Center for Australia-India Relations to foster new ties and support our expanding trade and cooperation with India, including engaging the wealthy Indian diaspora community in Australia,” said Marise. in a press release.
The new center will receive funding of AUD 28.1 million over the next four years and will focus on four key areas of work, including promoting policy dialogue, building Australian knowledge and business connections, engaging Australian Indian diaspora communities and deepening cultural connections and understanding, the press release said.
In addition, the Center will also administer the AUD 20.8 million Maitri (Friendship) Scholarships, Fellowship Programs and Cultural Partnership, which Payne announced earlier on February 14.
“India is one of Australia’s most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Mutual understanding, trust and common interests between our countries underpin the Australia-India comprehensive strategic partnership. Our relationship continues to go from strength to strength, as demonstrated by the annual Australia-India Leaders’ Summit today – the second since our partnership was upgraded to a Global Strategic Partnership (CSP),” Payne said.
“The Prime Minister’s announcement today of further investment in the Australia-India bilateral relationship, including the new Centre, represents the Government’s continued commitment to our comprehensive strategic partnership with India. “, added Payne.
The Center builds on the pioneering work of the Australia India Council in promoting education and cultural exchange. The new Center, with significantly increased funding and resources, will have an expanded mandate to support greater business and diaspora engagement.
Earlier on Monday, India and Australia held the second virtual summit to lay out the roadmap on new initiatives and enhance cooperation in a wide range of sectors between the two countries.
Scott Morrison’s government has announced investments of more than $280 million to strengthen cooperation with India, further develop economic relations and support jobs and businesses in both countries, the Australian government announced Tuesday in a Press release. (ANI)

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