Deputy High Commissioner of Australia delivers lecture at International Conference on Indo-Australian Relations

Economic and trade cooperation between India and Australia, and their people-to-people contacts, are improving, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia Bernard Philip has said.

He was delivering the inaugural lecture at the International Conference on Indo-Australian Relations organised by the India Association for the Study of Australia, the Department of Political Science of the University of Kerala, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Both nations were engaging with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and together the two could play a major role in designing the region’s strategies.

Vice-Chairman of Kerala State Higher Education Council T.P. Sreenivasan said that despite the positive developments, there were still unresolved issues. Mr. Sreenivasan said Australia’s willingness to sell uranium to India should be considered as a positive.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Kerala University N. Veeramanikandan called for increased academic cooperation between the two countries.

President of IASA Santhosh Sareen and head of the Political Science department Shaji Varkey spoke.