Australia is trying to strengthen its partnership in regard to technology with India through the establishment in Bengaluru of a new consulate and also a centre of excellence for important and emerging technology policy in India, as stated by the Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said on Wednesday.
Her comments came after hours when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who announced Australia’s plan to set up the consulate in his virtual address at the Tech Summit in Bengaluru.
In one of the statements, Payne said the new Consulate-General will focus mainly on deepening Australia’s ties with India’s vibrant innovators, entrepreneurs, and technologists.
She stated that, “Australia is strengthening our technology partnership with India through the establishment of a new Consulate-General in Bengaluru and a Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy, also to be based in India.”
Payne stated that the consulate will support Australian business which is one of the world’s most crucial commercial centres.
“Half of the next billion internet users are projected to be in India, and India’s digital economy, centred on Bengaluru, is set to grow to USD 1 trillion by 2025,” she stated.
Apart from the high commission in Delhi, Australia has consulates at present in Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
“Through our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, India and Australia are at the forefront of determining the design, development and use of emerging technologies,” Payne stated.
“Our existing Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership and its bilateral grants program were a significant first step in strengthening these ties,” she said.
The foreign minister said that “the Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy will bring together Australian and Indian technologists, policy practitioners, academics, researchers and thought leaders.”
“It will promote stronger investment opportunities and cutting-edge innovation in cyber, critical and emerging technologies. It will amplify Australia’s and India’s policy impact globally while visiting fellows from around the Indo-Pacific will broaden the Centre’s influence,” she stated.
Payne stated the centre will also give a practical platform for Australia and India to work together to bring a shape to technology governance that is the same with our values and supports an inclusive, open and resilient Indo-Pacific.