India, Australia to boost collaboration in skill development

"Prime Minister Modi is leading this most remarkable nation on an extraordinary journey of growth and development". Already with an enviable collection of selfies with world leader, Modi has one more important name to the list.

The two leaders waved to the crowd gathered at the busy metro station, before boarding the train bound for Noida City Centre.

Earlier, he was greeted by Modi at the presidential palace in New Delhi.

"Prime Minister Modi has an ambitious reform agenda".

Today, both the countries signed six memorandums of understandings (MOUs) which included cooperation in fighting worldwide terrorism and on civil aviation security, followed by delegation-level bilateral talks headed by Modi.

Then they participated in a ceremony to sign six memorandums of understanding in different fields, including counter-terrorism, civil aviation security, sports, health and satellite navigation.

In December previous year, Australian Parliament passed a law to allow the supply of uranium to India.

The Indian prime minister said they both recognised their countries' future was tied to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

"My first visit to India as prime minister is a chance to further co-operate across a wide range of sectors including energy, education and trade", Mr Turnbull said.

Indian PM Narendra Modi (R) with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull addressing the media at Hyderabad House.

India and Australia on Monday made a decision to kick-start the stalled negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by holding the next round of talks soon.

"Both countries remain strongly committed to the breadth of their defence ties, including through ongoing annual staff talks for army, navy and air forces", it stated.

Besides, the "International Trainers & Assessors Training Courses" was also launched by the two Ministers as a joint initiative between Government of Australia and MSDE-National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Malcolm Turnbull will turn his focus in India from trade to security on the second day of his visit to the subcontinent.

  • Leroy Wright