India, Australia To Work Together On Trusted And Resilient Supply Chains: Jaishankar

S Jaishankar, who is the External affairs minister stated on Saturday that Australia and India would collaborate to build more reliable and robust supply chains and promote inclusive prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

He delivered the statements during a joint press conference in Melbourne with Marise Payne, who is the Foreign Minister of Australia, who launched the Maitri (friendship) programs, which would cost something beyond Aus $20 million and aim to strengthen cultural and educational relations between the two nations.

The ministers spoke to the press following the yearly Australia-India foreign ministers' framework discussion and the first cyber strategy dialogue. According to Marise Payne, the two sides talked about regional issues like the Covid-19 incident, supply chain resilience, cyber risks, economic recovery, and marine security.

According to Jaishankar, the two sides have agreed to work together to establish more reliable and robust supply chains and ensure wide, equitable growth in the Indo-Pacific. He applauded the Australian administration's announcements of greater resources to strengthen the relationship with India.

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He noted that the cyber framework discussion had centered on common problems and the potential for deeper collaboration in this critical area.

Payne presented the new measures aimed at strengthening cultural and educational relations between the two countries - the

The Maitri Scholars Programme, with an expenditure of greater than Aus $11 million, the Maitri Fellowships Project, with an expenditure of Aus $3.5 million to develop relationships between potential leaders and facilitate collaboration between mid-career experts on planned scientific projects, and the Maitri Cultural Partnerships, with an expenditure of Aus $6 million to encourage the exchange of culture and improve the position of creative fields in both.  All of these initiatives would last 4 years.

The India-Australia Construction Forum, she added, would link Australian financing with prospects in India as well its surroundings.

Payne stated on Friday that Australia would invest $36.5 million across 5 years to improve involvement in the Indian Ocean's northeastern region.

This comprises $11.4 million to promote regional marine cooperation, catastrophe resilience, and sharing of information, as well as $4.3 million to strengthen partnerships between Bangladesh, India, and Australia across the LNG distribution chain. These policies are intended to promote commerce, connectivity, and investment.

Jaishankar and Payne had raised worries about extremism and terrorism, according to Jaishankar. He stated that they are concerned about the persistence of cross-border violence and that they are working together to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, especially in multilateral fora. As democratic societies, Australia and India would strive to promote a rules-based international system, liberty of passage in international seas, development, security, and connectivity for everyone while honoring the territorial sovereignty and integrity of all nations, he added.

Jaishankar applauded Australia's move to open its frontiers, saying that it would make it easier for students of India and provisional visa holders to return home. According to Payne, 15,000 students of India returned to Australia between November and January, the highest number from any one nation.

According to Jaishankar, the Australian government has been proactive in assisting individuals with expired visas and work clearances. He also expressed gratitude to Australia for reciprocal recognition of vaccination certifications and the acceptance of vaccines manufactured in India.