New Delhi, April 2: The India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (IndAus ECTA) was signed by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Dan Tehan, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Government of Australia in a virtual ceremony, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison today.
Speaking after the signing, Narendra Modi noted that this is his third interaction with his Australian counterpart in last one month.
He conveyed his appreciation for the leadership of Prime Minister Morrison and the efforts of his Trade Envoy and former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott. He also commended the Trade Ministers and their team for a successful and effective engagement.
The Prime Minister said that signing of IndAus ECTA in such a short span of time reflects the depth of the mutual confidence between the two countries.
Modi underlined the huge potential that exists in the two economies to fulfil the needs of each other and this agreement will enable the two countries to fully leverage these opportunities.
“This is a watershed moment for our bilateral relations”, he emphasized.
The Prime Minister said, “On the basis of this agreement, together, we will be able to increase the resilience of supply chains, and also contribute to the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.”
Terming ‘people to people’ relations as the key pillar of the relationship between India and Australia, the Prime Minister said “This agreement will facilitate the exchange of students, professionals, and tourists between us, which will further strengthen these relations.”
The Prime Minister also conveyed his wishes to the women cricket team of Australia for upcoming World Cup final.
Prime Minister Morrison of Australia also noted the remarkable scale of cooperation between the two country in recent years and thanked Prime Minister Modi for his leadership.
Calling signing of IndAus ECTA, another milestone in the growing relationship between India and Australia, the Australian Prime Minister said that the agreement further develops on the promise of the relationship.
Apart from increased trade and economic cooperation, said Morrison, IndAus ECTA will further deepen the warm and close ties between the people of the two countries by expanding work, study and travel opportunities.