Australian envoy visits Punjab CM

chandigarh [India]May 4 (ANI): Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, called Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday and disclosed his keen interest in forging collaboration, especially in the field of agriculture and developing skills with Punjab on the pattern of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Responding to O’Farrell’s proposal, Mann assured him of all cooperation and support in this regard to propel Punjab on the high growth trajectory by realizing these plans of mutual interest.

In a bid to boost bilateral trade, a three-member Australian delegation led by O’Farrell, including MP Gurmesh Singh and Second Political Secretary Jack Taylor, visited the Chief Minister here at his official residence on Wednesday afternoon. .

O’Farrell briefed Mann on the India-Australia Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (IndAus ECTA). He said: “IndAus ECTA is India’s first bilateral trade agreement with a large developed economy in 10 years, which aims to double two-way trade.” He also mentioned that Australia’s goal is to bring India into its top three export markets by 2035 and make it the third largest destination for overseas investment in Asia.

O’Farrell further said that Punjab could greatly benefit from forging a collaboration with Australia, especially in the field of agriculture and agribusiness, as its progressive farmers have a proven track record of vast experience and expertise in food production.

Taking part in the deliberations, Bhagwant Mann said that Punjabis, due to their enterprising and resilient nature, have contributed quite a bit to the overall socio-economic development of major countries in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA. , Italy etc .

The prime minister said that Punjab has several franchises in different parts of the world viz. “There’s a big Punjab in Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, plus a mini Punjab in the UK.” , who was also present at the meeting, to bring to fruition on the ground these proposals of mutual interest between both parties.

O’Farrell expressed his thanks to the CM and emphasized the much-needed synergy in boosting bilateral ties for the promotion of trade and business with Punjab.

He assured Bhagwant Mann that his team would also proactively engage with Punjab to further strengthen their economic cooperation. (AND ME)

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