I got an opportunity to write an article for the Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) just before the first-ever virtual summit between the two countries.
As strategic partners since 2009, Australia and India enjoy strong political, economic, and community ties. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, was set to visit India in early January this year but cancelled his plans due to bushfires.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will hold his first-ever virtual bilateral summit with Morrison on 4th June 2020. This summit is indeed a positive development towards strengthening the strategic ties between the Indo-Pacific region and would help build trade relations which in turn stabilize the economy. Modi and Morrison are expected to discuss agreements to develop trade in key sectors, including education, technology, agricultural infrastructure, digital health, critical minerals and manufacturing. As the Australian economy is highly export-driven, the pandemic has come as a reality check to go beyond its reliance on China.
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On similar grounds, Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) is working towards strengthening the Indo-Australian bonds, be it sports, education, trade, culture, or bilateral relationships.
India and Australia share common heritage linked to cricket, curry, and culture.Gurnam Singh, Founder of AISECS
Here’s a social media post of Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison enjoying Indian snack ‘Samosas’ posted three days before the summit.