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University welcomes discussions on India Economic Strategy

Published 31 Jul 2017

On 26th July 2017, the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Monique Skidmore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global received Mr Peter Varghese AO.

Mr Varghese, Chancellor of the University of Queensland, a former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016) and a former High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), visited the University in his role as leader of an independent India Economic Strategy commissioned by the Australian Government.

The India Economic Strategy was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Mumbai in April 2017 and will provide a plan to unlock economic opportunities for Australia and India to 2035.  It will identify and articulate:

  • The kinds of partnership Australia should aim to have with India
  • How to strengthen existing economic collaboration and new ways to do business together
  • How Australia can contribute to India’s economic reform agenda and modernisation
  • New ways to collaborate with India’s states

Mr Varghese was hosted at the Sandy Bay Campus and was accompanied by Ms Marion Walshe, Director DFAT Tasmania State Office and DFAT Liaison Officers Mr Chris Ellinger and Mr Adam Clancy. Professors Rathjen and Skidmore were joined by Prof Holger Meinke, Head, School of Land & Food and Director, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture; Prof Ralph Crane, Academic Director International, College of Arts, Law and Education and Ms Sara Franz, Manager Global Engagement.