The Australian government has recently announced to fund a new Consulate-General in Kolkata. The travel industry in eastern part of India are happy with this decision, the former capital city of India getting due importance after years of neglect.
The opening of the Consulate-General in Kolkata will make the total number of Australia’s diplomatic posts in India to four, the others being the High Commission in New Delhi and Consulates-General in Mumbai and Chennai.
As reported in the Economic Times in India, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu while welcoming the move said: “These announcements cement Australia’s commitment to India as a first tier partnership.”
“The Consulate-General in Kolkata will strengthen bilateral trade and investment, particularly in the mining and resources sectors. We look forward to strengthening our engagement with West Bengal and surrounding states,” Sidhu added.