India Can Use Australian Expertise in Water Management

India Can Use Australian Expertise in Water Management

India and Australia need to work together in a host of areas, including water management, skill development and minerals, Indian High Commissioner said

"Clearly, Australia sees the Indian economic story. It has benefited enormously from its 20 years engagement with China, but as Chinese economy begins to slow, India is seen as a natural partner," Indian High Commissioner to Australia Navdeep Suri told PTI. 

This is more relevant particularly in the areas where Australia's strengths complements Indian requirements, he added. 

"So in mining sector, for example, there is a substantial discussion on mining and engineering services. So, its not just a mine but the whole ecosystem. And when it comes to scale and technology, Australia is a world leader," Suri said. When asked about the sectors that India can invest in Australia, he pointed out skill development and other areas. 

When asked about the sectors that India can invest in Australia, he pointed out skill development and other areas. 

"Australia is regarded as a world leader not just for its universities, but also vocational and training institutions. There are a number of conversations going in this regard as our Prime Minister has the ambitious programme of skilling millions of young Indians. 

That apart, there is lot of potential in water management because Australia, like India, is largely a semi-arid country, he said. 

"Australia has done a lot of work in recharging aquifers, efficient water saving and other areas and they are seen internationally as world leaders. From India's perspective, it can be a great area," he noted. 

According to him, India can also leverage Australia's huge natural resources such as LNG and coal as well as its advances in clean coal technologies and renewable energy. 

According to him, India can also leverage Australia's huge natural resources such as LNG and coal as well as its advances in clean coal technologies and renewable energy. 

Last week, Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb told PTI that his country is looking at India as a "favourable" investment destination and is keen to invest in LNG, financial services, education and healthcare sectors of the USD 2-trillion economy. 

Source: The Economic Times

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