Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced at #BTS2021 that Australia is strengthening its technology partnership with India through the establishment of: a new Consulate-General in Bengaluru, Karnataka and a Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy, also to be based in India.
The new Consulate-General in Bengaluru will focus on deepening Australia’s ties to India’s vibrant innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs in one of the world’s most important commercial centres.
PM Morrison said:
“Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand our diplomatic presence in India to five posts. Australia will deepen our ties to India’s innovators, to your technologists and entrepreneurs – as well as India’s governments at all levels.”
Bengaluru is the world’s fastest growing technology hub. So, the new Consulate-General will expand Australia’s diplomatic presence in India to five diplomatic posts.
This is further to Australia’s High Commission in New Delhi & Consulates-General in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, deepening its engagement with Indian governments at all levels.
The Centre of Excellence is among the flagship initiatives of Australia’s new Action Plan for Critical Technologies.
PM Morrison said:
“Helping our nations shape technology governance so it aligns with our values and supports an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region. The Centre will also promote investment opportunities and innovation between Australia and India in technology, and amplify our policy influence globally.”
This Centre will provide a practical platform for Australia and India to work together to shape technology governance that aligns with our values and supports an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.
It will bring together Australian and Indian technologists, policy practitioners, academics, researchers and thought leaders.
Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women the Hon Marise Payne said:
“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.”
Ms Lisa Singh, CEO of Australia India Institute and former Australian Senator, tweeted:
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Sydney Dialogue today.