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20 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Australian Consul General Andrew Ford called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday. They met at the Lok Seva Bhavan here and discussed on matters pertaining to development of relationships between Odisha and Australia.

After the meeting with Odisha CM, Ford said that their discussions were fruitful. "The reason I was meeting the Chief Minister today was because, Australia has in the last four to five months, has setup a new Consulate General in Kolkata. That Consulate General covers 13 eastern and north-eastern states of India, including Odisha."

"I was very keen to talk to the Chief Minister and explain to him, how greatly we are interested in further developing the relationships with the State (Odisha). We are interested particularly in areas such as mining, mining equipment technology and services, education, tourism and health," he said.

They also had a discussion about, a development project Water for Women which is being supported by Australia. The project helps provide marginalised communities with health, sanitation and water.

"The Chief Minister was very pleased and interested to hear about Australia's enthusiasm for investing in his State and encouraged us to further follow up on that. We will continue to do so," Ford added.

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Andrew Ford, Consul General, Australia