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Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao with the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott at a recent meeting in Mumbai. PTI Photo

Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao with the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott at a recent meeting in Mumbai. PTI Photo


Australia gears up to Prime Minister Modi's Nov. visit; pacts likely on key issues

Melbourne, Oct 17 (PTI) As Australia prepares to welcome
Narendra Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the
country in nearly three decades, the two sides are expected to
ink deals on several key areas like trade, investment and
consolidate their strategic partnership, an expert said today.
Modi is scheduled to visit Australia for the two-day G-20
summit in Brisbane starting November 15. He will be the first
Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia since late Rajiv
Gandhi, who visited the country in 1986.
He will also be the first Indian Prime Minister to
address the federal Parliament in Australia.
Modi's visit is a significant one considering that for
the first time in nearly three decades an Indian Prime
Minister will be visiting Australia, said Amitabh Mattoo,
inaugural director of Melbourne-based think tank Australia
India Institute (AII).
"The main focus of Modi will be to attract investments
into India. Australian businesses and service providers, can
look forward to excellent opportunities in India, where
pro-business policies of the Modi government are expected to
accelerate India's economic growth and make substantial
addition to the already burgeoning middle class," Mattoo said.
"While the two sides are expected to hasten the
negotiations on a virtual free trade agreement, on the
security front, they are expected to consolidate their
strategic partnership in the Indian Ocean region," he said.
The talks for a comprehensive economic cooperation
agreement (CECA) also known as free trade agreement (FTA)
between India and Australia were started in 2011 and so far
several rounds of negotiations have been completed for further
liberalising and broadening the base of merchandise trade,
removing non-tariff barriers and encouraging investments.
Modi's visit will follow an earlier visit by Prime
Minister Tony Abbott to India in September, during which the
two leaders sealed the historic deal to sell uranium to India.
Apart from the civil nuclear deal, three other pacts were
signed during that trip, including - Cooperation in Technical
Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as also in Water
Resources Management and sports.
Mattoo also praised Modi's enthusiastic foreign policy,
saying, "The decision to invite all the heads of states from
the neighbourhood to his swearing in ceremony was a political
masterstroke."
"Modi followed it with successful visits to Nepal,
Bhutan, Japan and the US," he said, adding, "however, Modi's
trip to the US and his meeting with President Barack Obama was
the most crucial one." PTI