Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

Posted April 13, 2017

Mumbai, Apr 11 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today lauded the "ambitious" reform agenda of the Modi government, especially on taxation that has made the duty regime more efficient.

"Given the large number of Indian youth entering the workforce each year, India has to look at successful skill delivery models from Australia", said Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

There he will seek to give the growing partnerships between businesses in Australia and India a push-along.

At the Akshardam Temple, Turnbull and Modi were greeted with garlands and were taken on a tour of the iconic Hindu mandir complex.

After the ceremonial welcome PM Turnbull told the media that ties between the two countries were strong and would be "stronger because of this visit".

The joint statement said India welcomed the passage of the Civil Nuclear Transfers to India Act by the Australian Parliament, which could ensure commercial exports of Australian uranium begins soon.

"India sees a key role for Australian uranium supplies in this process. I hope your visit to India is as productive as it has been for Steven Smith's batting", PM Modi said.

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Both Prakash Javadekar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy recognized the quality of Australian education and have instructed the Indian officials to work on helping the Australian universities and training providers to establish themselves in the local Indian market.

"It is no surprise, therefore, that cooperation in the field of education and research is one of the most important aspects of our engagement", he said.

"Our trading agreement is delivering significant benefits to our respective nations", Turnbull said. India and Australia also agreed to initiate defence and foreign affairs dialogue to deepen their strategic partnership. Our bilateral mechanisms on counter-terrorism and trans-national crimes are functioning well, ' he said.

The two leaders inaugurated the centre via video-conferencing from Hyderabad House.

After the cricket is over, the prime minister will wrap up his three-day visit by meeting the governor of the state of Maharashtra.

Speaking earlier to Australian journalists, Turnbull said "we've got to be realistic about timing" for a bilateral deal with India.