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Australian delegation meets Narendra Modi

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 2:09pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

A 10-member Australian delegation, led by premier of Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) province, Barry O’Farrell, paid a courtesy visit to chief minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday.

The team held discussions over enhancing relations between Australia and Gujarat in newer areas. Australia’s consul general Mark Pears was also a part of the delegation.

A state government statement said the NSW premier expressed keenness on strengthening mutual relations between Gujarat and Australia.

During the meeting, the NSW premier offered to partner with Gujarat in clean technology application, water management infrastructure in Special Investment Regions (SIR), among others. He also talked about cooperation in setting up a sports university, development of renewable energy through rooftop solar technology and dairy technology. He pointed out that a number of Gujarati students are pursuing higher education in Australia.

The chief minister sought the Australian province’s support in infrastructure development, technology transfer and university education in Gujarat.

In the morning session at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), O’Farrell marketed NSW capabilities in clean technology, which  include recycling, renewable energy, Information Technology (IT), green transportation, electric motors, green chemistry, lighting, grey water, appliances that are more energy efficient and green building sectors.

“Sydney and NSW offer a great place to live, to do business and invest, with the added advantages of a temperate climate, natural beauty and a rich of blend cultures. Sydney has a population of 4.4 million, with a workforce that is well educated, productive, innovative and multilingual,” he said.

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