Ratan Tata appointed to 'Order of Australia' for bolstering bilateral ties

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Ratan Tata appointed to 'Order of Australia' for bolstering bilateral ties

Indian industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata has been appointed as an Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to Australia-India bilateral relations, particularly trade, investment and philanthropy.

An overview of the news

  • Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell said that the Governor General of Australia announced his appointment.

  • Ratan Tata is the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, former Chairman of the Tata Group and one of the world's richest entrepreneurs.

  • He tops the list of most humble entrepreneurs India has ever had.

  • With a net worth of over $1 billion (accessed in 2022), Ratan Tata is a humanitarian.

  • Ratan Tata has been a strong and influential supporter of deeper ties between Australia and India, including advocating for an India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement, set to be finalized in 2022.

  • Their work includes supporting development and creating opportunities in many areas, including health, nutrition, education, water, agriculture, environment, and energy, social justice and inclusion, digital transformation, disaster relief, and women's economic empowerment.

  • He has received numerous international awards and commendations including a Doctor of Business honoris causa from the University of New South Wales.

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