Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu met with the Australian Consul General, Sean Kelly, regarding opportunities to breathe new life into the relationship between the two nations. They discussed potential projects in several key areas of Australian expertise, including mining, road transport, education and drylands agriculture.
The delegation included representatives from Queensland as well as Western Australia, including Sandra Diethelm, who said that they are keen on finding more ways to collaborate with the
Andhra Pradesh government. They said, “We are investing a lot of resources in the potential of this new-born state. The Chief Minister’s forward-thinking attitude, and development-oriented goals are great motivations
for us to keep working on the AP-Australia ties.” The MoU for setting up a University in Andhra Pradesh will be signed soon. The delegation also said that they have been working on a Geological Survey Assistance System, that will enable high quality geological mapping of Andhra Pradesh. The MoU for this too, is ready to be signed by the two parties soon. Mr. Sean Kelly also proposed a project to improve Road Traffic Management. He explained that the investment for this project will be minimum for the GoAP, as the system will work on the basis of revenue sharing, from funds collected from violators. He also projected the set up of ATMs in remote villages, as one of the priority ideas. The Chief Minister was pleased with all the proposals, and he promised the delegation that the departments of the GoAP will support and coordinate as much as they need. Mr. Kelly then informed the Chief Minister, of the Australia Business Week in India, for which the Deputy Premier of Western Australia will be visiting as a special delegate. The event is held at the end of this month, and he requested the Chief Minister to block some time in his calendar to meet him in Vijayawada. The CM happily obliged.