Trade Minister Craig Emerson arrives in India today for the 14th Australia-India Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC), to be held in New Delhi.
This is Dr Emerson's second visit to India as Trade Minister and his first since being assigned to assist the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy.
His talks with the Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma will cover the trade and investment relationship between the two countries, as well as global issues such as food security, poverty alleviation and trade liberalisation.
Negotiations on a free trade agreement with India were launched in 2011.
"India is Australia's fourth-largest export market, but there is more we can do to develop the trade and investment relationship," Dr Emerson said.
"This is an important opportunity to review progress with Minister Sharma on the free trade negotiations."
Dr Emerson and his counterpart will also discuss regional and multilateral developments, including the role of the G20 in promoting global economic growth and the launch of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations.
While in New Delhi, Dr Emerson will launch a special edition of the 'Australia Unlimited' magazine app, celebrating the strength and diversity of the Australia-India relationship across culture, innovation, sport, business, education and humanitarian endeavours.
Mr Lindsay Fox AC, founder of Linfox transport group and co-chair of the Australia-India CEO Forum, will accompany Dr Emerson as part of his official delegation.
Dr Emerson will also travel to Agra to an give an address on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper to the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit.
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