PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind, the first Indian head of State to visit Australia, held talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to step-up bilateral strategic ties as the two countries signed five agreements on Thursday to boost investments and enhance cooperation.Kovind arrived in Sydney on Wednesday on the second leg of his two nation trip.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that during the state visit of President Kovind to Australia, five agreements were exchanged in the presence of Marise Payne, Foreign Minister of Australia and Anantkumar Hegde, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, by High Commissioners of both the countries.
The first agreement was for cooperation in the area of disability and to deliver services to the differently-abled. The second one was between Invest India and Austrade to facilitate bilateral investment. The third agreement was signed between the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute, Ranchi, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation, Canberra, to foster scientific collaboration and innovation. The fourth one between the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Guntur, and the University of Western Australia for cooperation in agricultural research and education while the last one was between the Indraprashta Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi, and the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane for a joint Ph.D agreement. India is the world’s fastest growing major economy and offers more opportunity for Australian business over the next 20 years than any other single market, Morrison said.