Speeches | 06 December 2012

The 2012 Australia-India Roundtable: Co-Chairs' Statement

Australia and India are poised at an historic moment in their relationship. Building on recent positive steps, the links between the two democracies now need sustained creative thinking and efforts on the part of government, business and society to strengthen them further. 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 the Indo-Pacific region during this Asian Century.

These were among key conclusions in the co-chairs' statement from the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries, when it met in New Delhi on 4 and 5 December 2012. This year the dialogue was addressed by Australian Minister for Resources and Energy Mr Martin Ferguson MP and focused on energy security, among other issues. 

The Lowy Institute's Rory Mecalf is the dialogue's Australian co-chair. The Lowy Institute convened the dialogue along with the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne, and the Observer Research Foundation, which this year hosted proceedings. The dialogue is supported by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Australia-India Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

The candid closed-door discussions ranged across energy security, trade and investment, the Indo-Pacific strategic order, defence ties, multilateral cooperation including in the East Asia Summit and the G20, Indo-Pacific strategic order, defence ties and the growing role of state governments in bilateral relations.

The full outcomes statement is presented below.

 

Australia and India are poised at an historic moment in their relationship. Building on recent positive steps, the links between the two democracies now need sustained creative thinking and efforts on the part of government, business and society to strengthen them further. 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 the Indo-Pacific region during this Asian Century.

These were among key conclusions in the co-chairs' statement from the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries, when it met in New Delhi on 4 and 5 December 2012. This year the dialogue was addressed by Australian Minister for Resources and Energy Mr Martin Ferguson MP and focused on energy security, among other issues. 

The Lowy Institute's Rory Mecalf is the dialogue's Australian co-chair. The Lowy Institute convened the dialogue along with the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne, and the Observer Research Foundation, which this year hosted proceedings. The dialogue is supported by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Australia-India Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

The candid closed-door discussions ranged across energy security, trade and investment, the Indo-Pacific strategic order, defence ties, multilateral cooperation including in the East Asia Summit and the G20, Indo-Pacific strategic order, defence ties and the growing role of state governments in bilateral relations.

The full outcomes statement is presented below.