Scott Morrison : Australia to establish new Consulate General in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Nov 17 : Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said his country is seeking to establish a new Consulate General here to expand Australia’s diplomatic presence in India to five posts.

“I am 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,” he said at the inauguration of 2021 Bengaluru Tech Summit here.

“Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand Australia’s diplomatic presence in India to five posts,” Morrison said.

Australia will deepen its ties to India’s innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs, and also India’s governments at all levels, Morrison said.

Announcing Australia’s first-ever Blueprint for Critical Technologies at the first-ever Sydney Dialogue where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his speech, the Australian PM said the summit signals Australia’s firm commitment to shaping the development and adoption of critical technologies internationally, including by working with trusted partners like India.

“And I am honoured that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Sydney Dialogue tomorrow,” he said.

The ties that bind India and Australia are indeed strong and abiding and Australia is looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence next year, Morrison said.

“And we will continue to work together, in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding, for the security and prosperity of our peoples and the Indo-Pacific region – guided and enabled by technology,” he said.

Australia and India are diverse, multicultural, liberal democracies who seek a world that is prosperous, safe and secure, and where human dignity is best expressed through choice and freedom, Morrison said.

On India-Australia ties, Morrison said India is a major technology power and technology is at the forefront of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which Prime Minister Modi and he signed last year.

India and Australia are making great progress in terms of sharing expertise on cyber and critical technologies like quantum computing and AI, he said.

Both the nations also are working to make their supply chains more secure and resilient and 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 the countries also are cooperating on space science, technology, and research, and Australia is proud to be supporting India’s inspirational Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission, he said.

“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. Reducing emissions while driving economic growth in both our economies,” he said.

Both the nations are also working with the United States and Japan through the Quad Leaders Dialogue, Morrison said. “This is about four like-minded democracies coming together, from our region, to show we can make a positive difference in addressing our region’s biggest challenges,” he said.

It’s a very practical and positive partnership, fostering an open, accessible, and secure technology ecosystem that’s a big focus of both the nations, Morrison said.

“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,” he said.

Australia is working with like-minded countries, liberal democracies in particular, to ensure global technology rules and norms reflect those values, Morrison said.

“I’m pleased a new Australia-India Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy will contribute to that effort. The Centre will bring together Australian and Indian technologists, policy practitioners, academics, researchers and thought leaders,” he said.

“Helping both nations shape technology governance so it aligns with our values and supports an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region,” Morrison said.

“The Centre will also promote investment opportunities and innovation between Australia and India in technology, and amplify our policy influence globally,” he said.

Morrison said Australia seeks to lift up, not suppress, and build a better world, rather than to hold back change.

He said Australia’s vision of the world understands the potential of technology to respond to the challenges of the time to raise those living standards.

“We have witnessed this so powerfully over the past 18 months, with medical breakthroughs now allowing us all to plan for a world after this pandemic.

That same capacity to innovate will be at the fore of all of our efforts addressing climate change and in transitioning to a new energy economy,” Morrison said.

“We know that technology-leading nations will have greater economic, political and military power, and considerable influence on global norms and values, into the years ahead,” he added.


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