The 2012 Australia-India Roundtable has concluded with the release of a creative policy agenda for bilateral relations.
Australian Co-Chair and Lowy Institute Program Director, Rory Medcalf, said the dialogue confirmed that Australia-India ties were poised at an historic moment.
‘After a difficult few years, the two countries have realised new levels of mutual trust and confidence and this is creating space for policy momentum,’ he said.
‘To consolidate these links, our dialogue has called for sustained effort on the part of government, business and society in both countries.’
‘This will ensure the relationship attains the vast potential offered by the two nations’ exceptional economic and societal complementarities and their convergent strategic interests in this Indo-Pacific Asian century.’
'On the strategic front, our dialogue included calls for Australia and India to look at new ways of working with third countries, especially Indonesia, in influencing the regional security order.'
These were among key conclusions reached by participants at the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries, when it met in New Delhi on 4 and 5 December 2012.
The Roundtable was hosted by the Observer Research Foundation with Australian partners the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne and the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney. It was supported by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Australia-India Council, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Discussions and recommendations covered six themes: energy security and cooperation; strategic assessment of the Indo-Pacific region; economic relations; the role of cities and states in creating external linkages; maritime security; and new frameworks of governance and diplomacy.
The Roundtable was opened by the Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, Mr Martin Ferguson MP, with a forthright assessment of the prospects for and challenges to deeper energy links.
The Australian delegation included Josh Frydenberg MP, Senator Lisa Singh, former High Commissioner to India John McCarthy AO, Rear Admiral (Ret.) James Goldrick AM CSC, Trevor Rowe AO, adviser to the Asian Century white paper John Denton, and senior officials from the Australian and Victorian governments.
The full text of the co-chairs' statement can be found here: