Under the MoU, a Chile-India Agricultural Working Group will be constituted which will be responsible for the supervision, review and assessment..reports Asian Lite News
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Chile for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
It provides for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur briefed the media about the cabinet decisions.
Under the MoU, a Chile-India Agricultural Working Group will be constituted which will be responsible for the supervision, review and assessment of the implementation of the MoU as well as for establishing frequent communication and coordination.
The meetings of the Agricultural Working Group will be held once a year alternatively in Chile and India.
“The main areas of cooperation envisaged are agricultural policies for the development of modern agriculture, organic agriculture to facilitate the bilateral trade of organic products, promoting exchange of policies aimed to develop organic production in both countries…science and innovation to explore partnerships to promote innovation in the agricultural sector among Indian Institutes and Chilean institutes as well as collaborate to confront common challenges,” an official release said.
The MoU shall enter into force upon its signature and shall remain in force for a period of five years from the date of execution after which it shall be automatically renewed for a further period of five years.
The Union Cabinet also approved the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the India and Republic of South Africa for cooperation in the ‘disability sector’.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on Wednesday said that the bilateral MoU would encourage cooperation between the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, the Government of India and South Africa through joint initiatives in the disability sector. “Specific proposals for cooperation between the two countries, as mutually agreed upon, will be taken up for implementation during the period of validity of the Memorandum of Understanding,” the ministry said.
It envisages that Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) at the large and the ageing population in both countries who especially require modern, scientific, durable, cost-effective aids and assistive devices will be benefitted from this MoU.
The decision by the Union Cabinet will also strengthen bilateral ties between India and South Africa, it added.
Notably, India and South Africa share a long historical link and relations in the context of the struggle for freedom and justice from the time Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha Movement in South Africa over a century ago.
India was also at the forefront of the international community in its support of the anti-apartheid movement. Post-independence, diplomatic relations with South Africa was restored in 1993 and thereafter, India and South Africa established a strategic partnership in March 1997.
Subsequently, there has been the consolidation of our close and friendly ties with South Africa, both bilaterally and through BRICS, IBSA and other forums. A number of bilateral agreements have been concluded between the two countries in diverse areas ranging from economic and commercial cooperation, defence, culture, health, human settlements, public administration and science and technology.
India’s Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) has been a useful medium for promoting cooperation in human resource development. Bilateral cooperation between India and South Africa in combating COVID-19 pandemic and addressing other global challenges has been notable. (ANI)