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Media Release: New Consulate-General in India a welcome move

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18 November 2021

The CEO of the Australia India Institute, the Hon. Lisa Singh, welcomes the announcement of a new Australian Consulate-General in Bengaluru, India as a boon for Australian – Indian relations.

Ms Singh said the decision, based off a recommendation in the India Economic Strategy by former Secretary of DFAT and diplomat Peter Varghese AO, demonstrates India is a premier hub for technology and innovation.

This is now the fifth Australian diplomatic post in India, adding to the High Commission in New Delhi and Consulates-General in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

“The announcement of the Bengaluru consular comes at a time when Australian- Indian relations are at their strongest,” Ms Singh said.

“This is an opportunity for Australia to partner with a range of tech firms in Bengaluru. It is the home to leading Indian tech companies and increasingly Australian tech companies, which will be further nurtured with the announcement of the Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy. The scope for trade and investment in key sectors including Medtech along with the growing of our people-to-people links is enormous.

“The Victorian Government already has a trade commissioner in Bengalaru as part of Global Victoria. A Consulate General will add value to the Australia-India relationship through the lens of tech captives across Bengaluru.

“I look forward to visiting Bengaluru in 2022 at the invitation of tech firms to see how the Institute can support bilateral research and policy development in this burgeoning industry.”

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