Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Indian consulate to open in Brisbane

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk says the State’s relationship with India has been strengthened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing a consulate will be established in Brisbane.

Premier Palaszczuk welcomed the announcement, which followed a business event in Sydney attended by the Premier at the invitation of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.

She said the new consulate will reinforce the trade partnership between Queensland and India.

“It was my honour to represent Queensland at last night’s very important meeting with Prime Minister Modi where I was able to promote our state’s interests.”

“We have a special relationship with India which will play a vital role in our future. India is the fastest-growing major economy on the planet and, by 2030, it will be the world’s third largest economy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a press conference following a bilateral meeting at Admiralty House yesterday.

“Trade means jobs for Queenslanders which is why it was so important I attended the meeting. I’m extremely pleased with Mr Modi’s announcement India will open a Consulate-General in Brisbane.

“This is something I know our Indian communities have long wanted, further cementing the closeness of our peoples.”

India is Queensland’s second largest trading partner with exports worth $19 billion in the 12 months to March, representing an increase of 29% or $4.5 billion, the Premier said.

Last year, India bought more metallurgical coal from Queensland than Korea and Japan combined.

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