TRYST WITH AUSTRALIA AFTER 28 YEARS
This is a visit which every Indian would cherish in the years to come. The last prime minister to visit Australia was Rajiv Gandhi and it has been approximately 28 years since Narendra Damodardas Modi has visited Australia. An invitation to Brisbane for the Global 20 summit took Mr. Modi to Australia; the decision travel to travel to Perth, Canberra, and Melbourne was like an icing on the cake. He appealed to the Indian community in Australia and considered them as a greatest potential for the investment to be done in India. His address to the Indian diaspora has generated lot of enthusiasm and the people, who were ignored up till now, were the center of attraction in the eyes of Mr. Narendra Modi. It is interesting to know that not only the Indian leaders, but the world leaders were also interested in the moves made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The major aspect of his job was the address to the Australian Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott was a very meaningful one and very focused. India and Australia has signed approx. six agreements to generate good business in the field of defense, science and technology, agriculture, manufacturing, automobiles and other segments. The trade between India and Australia is approx. 12 billion at present, and with the signing of many pacts it is expected to touch 35 billion in the coming years.
There are many Indian business houses present in Australia and at present the procedures to invest in Australia is very touch. The effort has been done to reduce the restrictions in the investment protocols between India and Australia. Another area of concern is the nuclear deal signed between India and Australia which encouraged the supply of uranium and nuclear related materials for peaceful purposes. The major obstacle would be the increase in the price of uranium in Australia by the time the agreement is fully operational between the two nations.
Mr. Modi has played a vital role in reducing the restriction for Australian businessmen to investment in coalmines, science and technology, agriculture, fisheries, minerals, steel and iron, railroads, railways, maritime, roadways, textiles, Information Technology and host of other segments.
India and Australia has signed an agreement in the year 2009, however the agreement has not reached its goal. The rise of Chinese presence in the South China Sea is the reason for major worry in Australia. At this juncture an axis of nations like the US-Japan-Australia-India would play a vital role in countering and checking the Chinese influence in the South China Sea.
Efforts to carry out the joint military exercises between the armies of two nations were also discussed. Anti-Piracy and Cyber security laws were also discussed. Australia and India also share the passion for sports. Both the nations have good teams in the field of Cricket, football, volleyball, kabaddi, tennis, golf and other sports. Australia and India share common platform when it comes to cricket and leading cricketers were invited. Prime Minister Abbot and Modi took photographs near the ICC World Cup in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) along with cricketers like VVS Laxman, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.
The relations between the two nations date back to many years and only time will tell about the outcome of the India Australia relations. India would also like Australia to come and supports its bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council in the years to come.