Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Australian businessmen to participate in India’s ambitious plans for smart cities to cater its growing urban population.
Addressing the business community at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Premier of Queensland this morning, Modi said, India had launched Make in India as a new mission to promote manufacturing in India. He said, it is expected that nearly eleven per cent of the world’s urban population in 2025 will be in India.
The Prime Minister said, Queensland can be an important partner in India’s development in the area of energy, mineral resources, agriculture, education, skill development and food security.
He said, India wants an integrated partnership in joint research to improve yield and farm productivity. This will help develop agriculture supply, chain infrastructure and food processing.
Modi said, India-Australia relationship is comprehensive, involving economic cooperation, a growing security and strategic partnership and increasing cooperation in international forums, which are vital for peace, stability and prosperity.
The Prime Minister reached Sydney this morning to attend a community reception at the Alphonse Arena. People in Sydney are very enthusiastic about Modi’s visit. Later in the night, Mr Modi will reach capital Canberra, where he is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his Australian counterpart Tony Abott.
More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora will pack Allophones Arena at Olympic Park in Sydney to welcome Mr Modi at a community reception. Big screens have been installed outside the venue where many more could watch the event. Meanwhile more than 200 persons left Melbourne by a special chartered train for Sydney to attend the function.
The train was flagged off yesterday by Victorian Multicultural Minister Matthew Guy from Southern Cross station of Melbourne. The train has been decorated with tri-colour balloons and passengers danced and sang patriotic songs before boarding the train, creating a festive atmosphere at the station.