India is open for business and keen to forge stronger business relations with resource-rich Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and invited Australian business leaders to cooperate in developing green technology, LNG, gas and tourism sectors.
Modi, who held a roundtable with top Australian CEOs here, discussed prospects for bilateral cooperation specially in the field of education, services, energy, banking and information technology and tourism.
Modi, during the hour-long roundtable hosted by Victoria’s Governor Alex Chernov at Government house, said India was open for business and was also keen to forge stronger business relations with Australia.
Noting that the new government has identified several areas of cooperation, Modi said there was a huge potential for developing educational ties especially at school level.
“Victoria has taken a good initiative of tying up with India. We have Youth. I would like to focus on two main area – one is research and the other is education,” Modi said.
As Victoria was leading in the field of research, a collaboration in that area could be looked at, he said.
“We just launched our Make in India initiative and this presents opportunities in our country,” he said, adding that issues of concerns for those keen to invest in India would be looked at in the next budget.
He invited Australian businessmen to collaborate with India in the field of green technology, LNG, gas and tourism sector.
Modi said that the government was keen to build cruise tourism.
“We discussed various issues, but the area which I would like to focus is tourism sector where I find several opportunities and possibilities,” Modi said adding yesterday’s announcement about visa on arrival facility for Australian tourists would also benefit business community too.
“I extend an invitation to look at this sector too,” Modi said, noting that India’s long coastline provides huge opportunities for developing the cruise sector.