AGARTALA, June 2 � Australia is exploring the possibilities of expanding its trade and business interest in India�s Northeastern region in view of huge availability of natural gas and other untapped resources, an Australian diplomat said here today.
�Australia has earned expertise in the field of exploring natural gas which is available in abundance in the Northeastern region. When our experts could be engaged in exploring gas, the private investors from our country also could invest in this region,� said Chiara Porro, who looks after Trade and Economics at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi.
Porro and his colleague Brendan Hodgson, second secretary (political) at the Australian High Commission, are on a visit to three Northeastern States � Tripura, Assam and Mizoram and meeting private entrepreneurs, industrialists and functionaries of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and public representatives.
�At present Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and offshore areas of India are the places where our business is concentrated but we are keen to expand in Northeastern region of the country,� Porro said.
�We are keenly looking at how India�s Look East policy is being implemented and how it develops infrastructure in the Northeastern region for opening better trade routes with Myanmar and Thailand,� he said.
While China is Australia�s highest trading partner (19.1 per cent), India is in the sixth position with four per cent, they said. � PTI