Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan will be in India “to advance negotiations on a free trade agreement and promote Australia as a premium destination for students and tourists.”
Mr Tehan will meet his Indian counterpart, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food, and Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal to further negotiations on the India-Australia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).
“Mr Goyal and I have been in regular contact over the Christmas/New Year period because we are both committed to concluding an interim free trade agreement. Nothing can replace face-to-face meetings to help speed up the process in the interest of both countries,” he said in a statement.
“Australia and India are important trading partners, and we share a strong desire to enhance our bilateral trade relationship further. A free trade agreement with India would be a boon for Australian businesses, farmers and workers, creating new jobs and opportunities with one of the world’s largest and fastest developing economies.”
“CECA is a potential game-changer in opening opportunities for both Australia and India. It is also an important piece of our post-COVID economic recovery,” Mr Tehan said.
The two countries are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to promote further travel and tourism between the two countries.