Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Nov 12, 2014. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

PM Modi in Australia: Job, Economic Growth Top Agenda in G20 Summit

After attending the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Myanmar on his 3-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now all set to attend the annual G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

Modi arrived in Australia on Friday, where he is likely to meet many world leaders and hold talks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot.

Ahead of his 10-day nation tour, Modi has mentioned that during his Australian visit, he will emphasize on the black money probe.

However, PM Abbot has made it clear that job and economic growth will top the agenda of the G20 meeting, which will be held on November 15 and 16. During the next days, Modi is likely to visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to attend bilateral engagements.

India has signed bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Australia in September, which is a key in operationalising the uranium supply deal, a pact on the administrative arrangements. However, as per reports, it is not likely to be signed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Australia.

With Abbot, Modi is scheduled to hold talks to boost trade, investment, energy and security partnership too. However, apart from the nuclear deal, Modi is expected to sign in some other agreements that include transfer of sentenced prisoners, a pact on combating narcotics, a social security agreement and MoUs on tourism and cultural cooperation.

Modi is expected to hold with world leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron and France’s Francois Hollande. Amid, Modi is scheduled to attend a reception hosted by Abbot at the iconic 161-year-old Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Meanwhile, Modi is expected to meet his UK counterpart David Cameron on Friday and will attend a dinner hosted by Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Modi is also scheduled to have a roundtable conference with top Australian business leaders, including BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie and HSBC Bank Australia CEO Tony Cripps, in Melbourne.

The conference is likely to open up for discussions regarding business matters and future plans. Amid, after the meeting, Modi is scheduled to address about 500 Australian Indian businessmen in a community event at Sydney, where he will deliver a speech.

Since 1986, Modi is the first PM to visit Australia and will become the first Indian PM to address Australian Parliament.

However, amid his busy schedules, Modi has remembered and paid his tribute to the First Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 125th birth anniversary. On his micro blogging site, Modi has tweeted, “Today we mark the 125th birth anniversary of our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. My tributes to him.”

Adding, he tweeted, “We remember Pandit Nehru’s efforts during the freedom struggle and his role as the first Prime Minister of India.”

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