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 “Energy efficiency saves the environment and makes businesses more competitive. While India needs to grow but we need to grow responsibly and the Government has taken several measures in this regard.” said Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy. The Minister was speaking at the inaugural of the International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE 2018) here today. This is the second edition of INSPIRE and is being organised by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and World Bank. The three-day symposium will focus on enhancing grid management, e-Mobility, financial instruments and technologies for energy efficiency in India.

 

The Minister further said, “Innovations in the field of energy efficiency are critical to meet our GHG (green house gases) emission targets and the Government has taken several initiatives in this regard”. He also gave away awards to four pathbreaking innovations in clean energy and energy efficiency as part of #InnovateToINSPIRE, a first-of-its-kind energy innovation challenge.

 

The #InnovateToINSPIRE challenge was organized by EESL and World resources Institute (WRI) between 21 August, 2018 and 12 October, 2018 in the run-up to INSPIRE 2018. The challenge invited participants to submit sustainable and scalable solutions to seven specific challenges spanning grid management, e-Mobility, energy efficient technologies and financial instruments. From 94 entries, four winners were selected by an eminent jury comprised of Indian and international experts in the field of energy. The winning entries received an award of Rs. 5 lakhs, each, along with mentoring and guidance from EESL to help them bring their solutions to market.

 

To support investments in new, innovative and scalable business models, EESL and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement for a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of USD 13 million to establish an Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund (EERF). EERF aims to expand and sustain investments in the energy efficiency market in India, build market diversification, and scale up existing technologies.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ajay Bhalla, Secretary, Power said that India’s energy efficiency efforts were being lauded world over. He also said that innovation challenge was a very good idea to promote energy efficiency.

Shri Rajeev Sharma, Chairman, EESL said, “Innovation is the most important enabler for resolving environmental problems while reducing costs.”

During INSPIRE 2018, EESL and GAIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL (India) Limited signed a MoU to develop natural gas based cogeneration and trigeneration projects in Commercial & Industrial Sectors in India. This MoU is set to benefit industries such as Hotels, Hospitals, Airports, Commercial Malls, Commercial/Government Buildings, Integrated Residential Complexes, Educational Institutions, Data Center, among others, with the advantages of Combined Heat & Power technology.

INSPIRE 2018 has been organised in collaboration with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The event is bringing together policy-makers, influencers, innovators, thought leaders, researchers, leading energy-efficient companies, government agencies, business leaders and other stakeholders to deliberate on key energy policies, market transformation strategies, and sustainable business models that will help leverage the full potential of energy efficiency and bring its multiple co-benefits to the fore.

The event was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Power, EESL, Dr. Junaid K. Ahmad, Country Director, The World Bank (WB); Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB).

About EESL        
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country. Driven by the mission of Enabling More – more transparency, more transformation, and more innovation, EESL aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder. By 2020, EESL seeks to be a US$ 1.5 billion (INR 10,000 crore) company.

EESL has pioneered innovative business approaches to successfully roll-out large-scale programs that allow for incentive alignment across the value chain and rapidly drive transformative impact. EESL aims to leverage this implementation experience and explore new overseas market opportunities for diversification of its portfolio. As on date, EESL has begun its operations in UK, South Asia and South-East Asia.

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has always been a voice for peace and non violence from time immemorial. He was addressing the Indian Diaspora at UNSECO in Paris, France, yesterday. The Ambassador of India, Shri Veniay Mohan Kwatra and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. 

Saying that peace is the only pre-requisite for progress, the Vice President said that in an inter-dependent world, progress can be achieved only through dialogue and understanding.

The Vice President lauded the contributions of the Diaspora in the fields of science and technology, industry, agriculture, art, culture, governance or politics, their strong contributions and successes are as much a matter of pride for France, the country of their settlement, as they are for India, the country of their origin.

Saying that India is proud of the achievements of Indian Diaspora, the Vice President said that interacting with Indian Diaspora was like conversing within a growing but close-knit family. Persons of Indian origin and Indians abroad have excelled in many areas of French public life, with many as members in the French Parliament as well as in the European Parliament, he added.

Reminding the gathering about long and mutually enriching association with the French, the Vice President said that Rabindranath Tagore’s intellectual influence was known to have touched several French thinkers. Indian luminaries like Madame Bhikaji Cama and JRD Tata, who were significant figures in India’s pre-independence history, too had strong links with France, he added. 

Saying that bold reforms agenda of the Government is transforming the academic landscape of our country, the Vice President said that the story of India is an unfolding and a promising one. This is at a time when the rest of the world, including parts of this region, is experiencing a slowdown, he said.

He said that the introduction of Goods and Service Tax was a major step to have seamless and efficient national market and added that it would make it easier for businesses to establish and grow in India.

Shri Naidu invited the members of Indian Diaspora to take active participation in the creation of New India. He asked them to make use of the time and suitable opportunities for investment and innovation in India. It is also an important time to connect actively with your roots, he added.

The Vice President also talked about the joint efforts of India and France to promote the use of clean energy by way of International Solar Alliance. He further said that India-France development partnership brought mutual rewards to both of our economies, especially in the field of smart urbanization and transportation. 

Earlier the Vice President interacted with Director General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay and apprised her about India’s efforts to achieve the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, especially in all the fields including education. They also discussed matters such as usage of information and communication technologies to improve access to education, enhancing the quality of teaching-learning process and teacher development programmes, strengthening educational planning and management, and improving monitoring systems.

The Vice President is in Paris, France to attend the centenary year of end of First World War.  He will also be participating at a global event at Arc d’ Trionphe in which he will pay homage to the martyrs of World War I. 

He will also inaugurate the Indian Armed Forces Memorial at Villers Guislain as a tribute to several thousands of Indian soldiers whose gallantry and dedication have earned worldwide recognition.

Shri Naidu’s visit France assumes significance as India and France are celebrating two decades of strategic partnership this year. 

 

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for moving a Resolution in the first Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for amending the Framework Agreement of the ISA for opening up the ISA membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations.

 

Benefits:

Opening the membership of the ISA will put solar energy in global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy. It will make ISA inclusive, whereby all member countries that are members of the United Nations could become member. Expanding membership will lead to ISA initiative benefitting the world at large.

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The 24th India-Italy Technology Summit was jointly inaugurated by Union Minister forScience & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Dr. Michele Geraci, here today.

Inaugurating the Summit, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “The Technology Summit offers an invaluable platform to forge knowledge partnerships between the two countries.” Among the deliverables of the summit, he mentioned follow-up action between Indian and Italian organizations; timely convergence of dialogues in focus sectors; identifying potential projects for India - Italy bilateral R&D collaboration and identifying bilateral technology development initiatives to establish demonstration projects in a time-bound manner.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Michele Geraci said that hundreds of representatives from over 50 Italian companies had come to India for the Technology Summit. Both the countries are going through big challenges which are crucial for them to solve. While Italy is looking at ways to ensure long-term growth, India is already on a high growth curve. This offers great opportunity for the two countries to increase their bilateral trade.

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology said that many collaborative projects were already going on between India and Italy and more than 100 scientists were working together. The synchrotron project is one such example. Summing up the partnership between the two countries in a catch-phrase “From Hampi to Pompeii”, Prof. Sharma mentioned that technologies for the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage was an area where Italy and India could do a lot of useful work together.

Talking about the challenges and opportunities in India-Italy business cooperation, ShriShreekantSomany, Chairman of CII MSME Council, said, “Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) could be the cornerstone of partnership between the two countries." Among the potential sectors of increased bilateral trade, he mentioned fine dining, electronics, jewellery, watches and automobiles.

Mr. Vincenzo De Luca, Director General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that two years ago, 23 new projects were launched, showing intense strong productive useful cooperation in a very short time. Key areas he identified for cooperation included clean energy, energy efficiency, life sciences, and space.

The Tech Summit is 24th in the series, since 1995. This year focuses on seven key sectors identified jointly by both the countries which include aerospace, cleantech, cultural heritage, education, healthcare, ICT and renewables.

 

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Extending India’s continuous engagement with Africa, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has successfully completed the three nations visit to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi, today. During his weeklong visit, he held wide range discussions with the President of Botswana, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, the President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa and the President of Malawi, Mr. Peter Mutharika and other leaders in line with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had recently set out 10 guiding principles to enhance our engagement with Africa.

The Vice President was received with great warmth and affection in all the three nations. The President of Botswana broke protocol and flew back from his visit to Mozambique to meet the Vice President when he was leaving for Zimbabwe at the airport.

The President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa spent more than an hour with Shri Naidu to discuss various issues of mutual interest and in Malawi, the President hosted luncheon in the honour of the Vice President where the first lady was also present. 

The Vice President’s visit was very significant as this was the first high level visit after a significant gap to these three countries.  In fact, in Zimbabwe, it was after 21 years. 

Speaking to media onboard Air India One, the Vice President said that with the high level visit of the Vice President, India has been able to make 29 visits to Africa at the level President, Vice President and Prime Minister and called it an unprecedented feat. He further said that his visit would help to build on strong foundations and take relations to next level by reinforcing existing ties and forging relationship in new areas. The outcome of my visit clearly indicates that this has been achieved, he added.

India’s commitment to support Africa in its developmental process and its efforts in improving diplomatic, bilateral and people-to-people contacts have been unequivocally acknowledged by all the three Presidents, he said.

The Vice President said that Zimbabwe President openly thanking India for standing by the country during their period of isolation was recognition to India’s commitment. He said the leadership of the all three nations thanked India for a sustained development assistance extended through Lines of Credit and grants for various projects.

During his visit, India made substantial commitment to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi on development partnership and assistance. US$ 350 million for projects in Zimbabwe, US $ 220 million of Lines of Credit for water supply projects in Malawi as well as setting up of Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Zimbabwe and Malawi as grant assistance were among those.

The Vice President said that capacity building was of special interest to all three countries and they were uniformly appreciative of India's ITEC programme and the generous slots we give for training of their nationals in a variety of fields. With Botswana, the Vice President offered to increase the slots from the current 140 per year. India also agreed to depute experts for training of their junior diplomats. We are also deputing 5 experts in various fields to assist Zimbabwe under ITEC, he added.

During his interactions with the Vice President and the leadership of three African Nations crucial issues including capacity building, technological knowledge sharing through ITEC programmes, opportunities in trading Minerals including uranium, copper, nickel and railways and infrastructure, logistics etc topped the list. India’s support in providing Skill Development, tele-education and tele-medicine in African region was appreciated by the leadership.

The Vice President’s visit also witnessed signing of Memorandum of Understandings with all the three nations. MoU with Malawi on providing capacity building in nuclear energy regulatory framework, and its protection, MoU on geology, mining and minerals was signed with Zimbabwe apart from exploring options to have direct trading in raw diamonds with Botswana and Zimbabwe. India signed an MoU on Traditional Medicine with Zimbabwe too.

Other important Agreements included Extradition treaty with Malawi and an agreement in Broadcasting by Prasar Bharati, another one in Arts, Culture, Heritage and an Action Plan on ICT with Zimbabwe.

In the area of health, all three countries were deeply appreciative of medical services in India as well as the services being rendered by our private sector hospitals in their respective countries and the ever-increasing need for Indian pharmaceuticals products. The Vice President also announced the gifting of Bhabhatron Cancer machine in Malawi and ambulances and life saving drugs in all three countries.

The Vice President informed them about Indian traditional medicine, particularly ayurveda and yoga, and the leadership was in agreement of the fact that there was considerable scope in these areas since all three countries have their own traditional medicine as well. 

Agriculture being a crucial area of interest for Africa, All three leaders welcomed the possibility of greater involvement of India in their agriculture sector. The Vice President promised to explore the possibility of greater involvement from our side particularly for value addition and food processing.

The leadership on both sides recognised the need to have greater cooperation in defence sector. Sending Indian Army Training team to Botswana, extending training slots in defence to Zimbabwe and Malawi were among those discussed during Shri Naidu’s interactions. All three leaders agreed with the Vice President that security cooperation, particularly in counter-terrorism needs to be strengthened.

In all the three countries, the Vice President interacted with the local and Indian businessman operating there. He was also given the rare honour of inaugurating their prestigious annual Global Expo 2018 where India was represented by 28 companies making it the largest contingent in the event.

Amidst the hectic schedule of bilateral meetings, the Vice President also took time to visit the Diamond Trading Center in Botswana. He also unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the Business Incubation Centre in Malawi built with Indian grant assistance.

The Vice President addressed Indian communities in all the three nations and addressed them during community receptions hosted by respective Ambassadors. During his interactions, he highlighted the transformative reforms undertaken by the Narendra Modi government and informed the audience the growth story of India that is inching closer to become third largest economy in the world.

The Vice President had expressed his happiness for the contribution of the Diaspora in India and their present place of stay. He said that it was heartening to hear about the Diaspora’s contribution in the economic development of the three nations. 

The Vice President thanked the leadership for supporting India at various international fora including the United Nations. All three leaders expressed their desire to work with India on Solar energy and deeply appreciated India’s initiative on the International Solar Alliance.

While Malawi had already signed and ratified the framework agreement on International Solar Alliance, Zimbabwe has signed ISA and, during the Vice President’s visit Botswana, they conveyed to him of their decision to sign it shortly.

The Vice President inaugurated the unique event “India for Humanity” meant to commemorate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi. India would be organising camps of the well known Jaipur Foot in all parts of the world and serve the needy with necessary support.

The Government is partnering Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti in this “India for Humanity” initiative. 

The Vice President was given the honour of launching the very first Jaipur Foot Camp in this series in Malawi in Africa as Mahatma Gandhi spent more than two decades and eventually led a non-violent movement that liberated India from colonialism and inspired African leaders to free their countries as well.

The Vice President was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising of the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and two members of Parliament namely Shri K. Suresh and Shri V. Muraleedharan, in addition to senior officials.

 

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1.       The summary of the Index of Eight Core Industries (base: 2011-12) is given at the Annexure.

2.       The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).  The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 127.2 in September, 2018, which was 4.3per centhigheras compared to the index of September, 2017. Its cumulative growth during April to September, 2018-19was 5.5per cent.

Coal

3.       Coal production (weight: 10.33per cent)increased by 6.4 per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 9.6 per centduring April to September, 2018-19over corresponding period of the previous year.

Crude Oil

4.       Crude Oil production (weight: 8.98per cent) declinedby 4.2 per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index declined by 3.4 per centduring April to September, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Natural Gas

5.       The Natural Gas production (weight: 6.88per cent) declined by 1.8per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index declined by 0.8 per centduring April to September, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Refinery Products

6.       Petroleum Refinery production (weight: 28.04per cent) increased by 2.5 per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 6.6 per centduring April to September, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Fertilizers

7.       Fertilizers production (weight: 2.63 per cent) increased by 2.5 per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 1.8 per centduring April to September, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Steel

8.       Steel production (weight: 17.92per cent)increasedby 3.2 per cent in September, 2018 over September, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 3.5per centduring April to September, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Cement

9.       Cement production (weight: 5.37per cent) increasedby 11.8per cent in September, 2018over September, 2017. Its cumulative index increased by 14.4per centduring April to September, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Electricity

10.     Electricity generation (weight: 19.85per cent) increased by8.2per centin September, 2018over September, 2017. Its cumulative indexincreased by6.2per cent duringApril to September, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Note 1: Data for July, 2018, August, 2018 and September, 2018are provisional.

Note 2: Since April, 2014, Electricity generation data from Renewable sources are also included.

Note 3: The industry-wise weights indicated above are individual industry weight derived from IIP and blown up on pro rata basis to a combined weight of ICI equal to 100.

Note 4: Release of the index for October, 2018 will be on Friday, 30th November, 2018.

 

Annexure

Performance of Eight Core Industries

Yearly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2011-12=100

 

Index

Sector

Weight

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Apr-Sep 2017-18

Apr-Sep 2018-19

Coal

10.3335

103.2

104.2

112.6

118.0

121.8

124.9

104.2

114.3

Crude Oil

8.9833

99.4

99.2

98.4

97.0

94.5

93.7

94.6

91.4

Natural Gas

6.8768

85.6

74.5

70.5

67.2

66.5

68.4

68.8

68.2

Refinery Products

28.0376

107.2

108.6

108.8

114.1

119.7

125.2

120.8

128.7

Fertilizers

2.6276

96.7

98.1

99.4

106.4

106.6

106.6

104.0

105.9

Steel

17.9166

107.9

115.8

121.7

120.2

133.1

140.5

137.3

142.1

Cement

5.3720

107.5

111.5

118.1

123.5

122.0

129.7

123.7

141.6

Electricity

19.8530

104.0

110.3

126.6

133.8

141.6

149.2

152.3

161.7

Overall Index

100.0000

103.8

106.5

111.7

115.1

120.5

125.7

122.1

128.8

 

Growth Rates(in per cent)

Sector

Weight

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Apr-Sep 2017-18

Apr-Sep 2018-19

Coal

10.3335

3.2

1.0

8.0

4.8

3.2

2.6

1.4

9.6

Crude Oil

8.9833

-0.6

-0.2

-0.9

-1.4

-2.5

-0.9

-0.2

-3.4

Natural Gas

6.8768

-14.4

-12.9

-5.3

-4.7

-1.0

2.9

5.0

-0.8

Refinery Products

28.0376

7.2

1.4

0.2

4.9

4.9

4.6

2.1

6.6

Fertilizers

2.6276

-3.3

1.5

1.3

7.0

0.2

0.03

-2.1

1.8

Steel

17.9166

7.9

7.3

5.1

-1.3

10.7

5.6

5.6

3.5

Cement

5.3720

7.5

3.7

5.9

4.6

-1.2

6.3

-1.4

14.4

Electricity

19.8530

4.0

6.1

14.8

5.7

5.8

5.3

5.7

6.2

Overall Index

100.0000

3.8

2.6

4.9

3.0

4.8

4.3

3.2

5.5

 

Performance of Eight Core Industries

Monthly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2011-12=100

Index

Sector

Coal

Crude Oil

Natural Gas

Refinery Products

Fertilizers

Steel

Cement

Electricity

Overall Index

Weight

10.3335

8.9833

6.8768

28.0376

2.6276

17.9166

5.3720

19.8530

100.0000

Sep-17

103.1

92.0

68.8

122.7

105.3

138.7

119.8

150.5

122.0

Oct-17

119.4

95.7

71.0

132.1

116.8

146.7

125.2

149.8

128.7

Nov-17

133.5

90.8

68.5

126.0

111.8

137.5

125.4

140.1

124.1

Dec-17

142.6

94.2

69.2

133.1

112.1

138.0

135.3

143.9

128.8

Jan-18

149.5

93.8

67.6

135.4

105.5

145.0

140.6

149.5

132.5

Feb-18

143.2

86.1

62.1

120.9

102.2

141.7

138.0

136.1

123.2

Mar-18

184.9

95.8

69.8

130.3

107.0

153.2

149.6

156.7

138.5

Apr-18

118.8

91.8

67.1

119.1

93.1

138.1

149.1

153.7

124.3

May-18

125.2

94.8

68.7

131.6

106.6

142.8

145.3

164.7

131.9

Jun-18

120.0

90.9

67.4

133.8

108.3

143.8

150.7

159.9

131.2

Jul-18

108.1

91.2

68.5

134.1

110.0

140.3

135.9

162.1

129.2

Aug-18

103.8

91.6

70.2

127.7

109.4

144.5

134.6

167.2

128.8

Sep-18

109.8

88.1

67.5

125.8

108.0

143.2

134.0

162.9

127.2

 

Growth Rates (in per cent)

Sector

Coal

Crude Oil

Natural Gas

Refinery Products

Fertilizers

Steel

Cement

Electricity

Overall Index

Weight

10.3335

8.9833

6.8768

28.0376

2.6276

17.9166

5.3720

19.8530

100.0000

Sep-17

10.4

0.1

6.3

8.1

-7.7

3.7

0.1

3.4

4.7

Oct-17

3.9

-0.4

2.8

7.5

3.0

8.6

-1.3

3.2

5.0

Nov-17

0.7

0.2

2.4

8.2

0.3

14.5

16.9

3.9

6.9

Dec-17

0.4

-2.1

1.1

6.6

3.0

0.4

17.7

4.4

3.8

Jan-18

3.8

-3.2

-1.2

11.0

-1.6

1.7

19.6

7.7

6.2

Feb-18

1.3

-2.4

-1.8

7.8

5.2

5.0

23.0

4.6

5.4

Mar-18

9.1

-1.6

1.0

1.1

3.2

4.7

13.5

6.0

4.5

Apr-18

15.2

-0.8

5.7

2.7

4.6

3.0

21.9

2.1

4.7

May-18

12.0

-2.9

-1.4

4.9

8.4

-0.1

13.0

4.1

4.1

Jun-18

11.5

-3.4

-2.7

12.1

1.0

4.2

14.2

8.4

7.8

Jul-18

9.8

-5.4

-5.2

12.3

1.3

6.9

11.1

6.7

7.3

Aug-18

2.4

-3.7

1.0

5.1

-5.3

4.0

14.7

7.6

4.7

Sep-18

6.4

-4.2

-1.8

2.5

2.5

3.2

11.8

8.2

4.3

 

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Description

A. Defence and Strategic

1.

Implementing arrangement for deeper cooperation between Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and Indian Navy

For greater cooperation and exchange of information in Maritime domain awareness between the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force

B. Digital and New Technologies

2.

MoC between Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry on Japan-India Digital Partnership

To tap into the synergies and complementarities between Japan’s "Society 5.0” and India’s flagship programmes like "Digital India”, "Smart City” and "Start-up India” in areas of next generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), and IoT (Internet of Things), etc.

3.

Statement of Intent between NITI Aayog and Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Japan on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

To encourage and develop cooperation on Artificial Intelligence technologies

C. Healthcare and Wellness

4.

MoC between Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Republic of India and the Office of Healthcare Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in the field of Healthcare and Wellness

To establish a mechanism to identify potential areas for collaboration between India and Japan in common domains of primary healthcare, prevention of non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health services, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and elderly care

5.

MoC between The Ministry of AYUSH of Republic of India and the Kanagawa Prefectural Government of Japan in the field of Healthcare and Wellness

MoC between The Ministry of AYUSH of Republic of India and the Kanagawa Prefectural Government of Japan in the field of Healthcare and Wellness

6.

MoU on Food Safety between Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) & The Food Safety Commission of Japan, The Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan, The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

For furthering cooperation between the the agencies from India and Japan in area of food safety

D. Food Value Chain and Agriculture Areas

7.

MoC between Ministry of Food Processing & Industries and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan in the field of Food Processing Industry.

Aims at developing India’s food processing industry with involvement of relevant stakeholders such as local governments, private companies, etc.

8.

The Program for Promoting Investment into India by Japan in the Field of Agriculture and Fisheries between Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, India & Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

To promote development of agricultural value chain and fisheries, including aquaculture, by improving the investment environment for Japanese companies.

9.

MoC on Development of Food Value Chain in Maharashtra between State Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

To facilitate investment of Japanese companies in food value chain in State of Maharashtra

10.

Memorandum of Cooperation on Development of Food Value Chain in Uttar Pradesh Between The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and The State Government of Uttar Pradesh, India.

To facilitate investment of Japanese companies in food value chain in State of Uttar Pradesh

E. Economic

11.

MoU between Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India and NEXI, Japan

For stimulating trade and investment between India and Japan and strengthening cooperation in projects in third countries.

F. Postal

12.

MOC in Postal Field between the Ministry of Communications, Government of India and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan.

To strengthen cooperation in postal field including through setting up of Postal Services Dialogue between Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

G. S&T, Academic Exchanges and Environment

13.

MoU between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India and Hiroshima University, Japan for Research Partnership.

To promote research partnership in areas such as Electronics, Sensors, High Speed Vision, Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing including Mechatronics, Environmental Research, Intelligent Transportation, etc.

14.

MoU between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India and Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, Japan for Research Partnership

To promote research partnership in areas like Renewable Energy, Electronics including Robotics/IoT, Advanced Materials, etc.

15.

Agreement for Cooperation between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India and Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), Japan for joint research in interdisciplinary areas for application in Industrial Research.

To establish research partnership between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India and Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) in areas such as Advanced Materials, Bioscience and Information Technologies.

16.

MOC in Postal Field between the Ministry of Communications, Government of India and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan.

To strengthen cooperation in postal field including through setting up of Postal Services Dialogue between Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

17.

MoC between India and Japan in the field of Environment Cooperation.

To promote greater cooperation between India and Japan for protection and improvement of environment

18.

MoU between National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), India, and Shizuoka University, Japan for Academic and Research exchanges.

To promote academic linkages between the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research S.A.S Nagar, and Shizuoka University

19.

Memorandum of Understanding on Further Cooperation toward Indo-Japan Global Startup between Nagasaki University and IIITDM Kancheepuram, India.

Information Technology and Human Resources development along with Indo-Japan Global Startup.

20.

Memorandum Of Understanding on Academic and Educational Exchange betwen Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India and Hiroshima University, Japan.

Joint Research Promotion and exchange of students and faculties between the two institutions.

21.

Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Joint Research Promotion and exchange of students and faculties between the two institutions.

22.

(Agreement)Academic Exchange Agreement between Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Faculty, Graduate School and School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University (MOU)Memorandum of Understanding on Student Exchange between Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Graduate School and School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University

Joint Research Promotion and exchange of students and faculties between the two institutions.

H. Sports

23.

MoU between Sports Authority of India (SAI), India and University of Tsukuba, Japan for academic exchanges and sports cooperation

To strengthen cooperation in the field of sports development and excellence through joint programmes.

I. Exchange of Notes of Loan Agreements for:

24.

Project for the Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail(II)

 

25.

Project for Renovation and Modernization of Umiam-Umtru Stage-III Hydroelectric Power Station.

 

26.

Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project (Phase 3) (III)

 

27.

North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project (Phase 3) (I)

 

28.

Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management in Tripura

 

G2B/B2B Agreements

29.

Memorandum of Understanding between KAGOME Co., LTD., Japan and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India

 

30.

Joint Venture Agreement between State Bank of India (SBI) and SBI Payment Services Pvt. Ltd and Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd

 

31.

Memorandum of Understanding between Nissan Steel Industry Co., Ltd., Japan and Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India

 

32.

Letter of Intents and Acknowledgements of Private Sector Investment Project Proposals by 57 Japanese companies to make investment in India and 15 Indian companies to make investment in Japan, supported by Both Governments of India and Japan

 
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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called up on the Indian community to continue the mission of carrying India‘s message to the World. Addressing the Indian Community in Malawi, yesterday, he asked them to be India’s cultural ambassadors representing the India’s values and way of life.

Saying that share & care is core of Indian philosophy, the Vice President asked the Indian community to keep building bridges of understanding & empathy as they have been doing, for so many decades. Share your prosperity with your Malawian brothers & sisters and make them partners in progress, he added.

The Vice President said that Indian cultural heritage has kept alive various Indian festivals celebrated with full religious fervour and with the participation of the entire community. Your strong and wider involvement in economic activities of Malawi is noteworthy, he added.

The Vice President highlighted the transformative reforms undertaken by the Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi government and said that India is marching ahead on the path of reforms. Saying that the business environment was changing for the better, he has asked the Indian community to look at the transformation and take advantage of the situation.

The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, the High Commissioner of India to Malawi. Shri Suresh Kumar Menon and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President is scheduled to meet the President of Malawi, Prof. Arther Peter Mutharika and other dignitaries of the Malawian government on November 5, 2018.

 

Following is the text of Vice President's address:

"I bring you the warmest greetings from India.

I thank all of you for welcoming me and my delegation with such warmth and affection. I am accompanied by Hon’ble Minister Sri Kishan Pal Gurjar, Members of Lower House (Lok Sabha) Sri K Suresh and Members of Parliament Upper House (Rajya Sabha) Sri Members of Lower House (Lok Sabha) V Muraleedharan.

I am extremely delighted to visit this beautiful city of Lilongwe, in the Warm Heart of Africa. I am thankful to the Government of Malawi for the warm hospitality extended to me and my delegation. I am also looking forward to a fruitful interaction with President Prof. Arther Peter Mutharika tomorrow.

 

Sisters and Brothers,

I am aware that the Malawians of Indian origin or the Pravasi Bhartiyas have been in Malawi for the last 150 years. I am glad to know that Malawi has accepted all of you with great warmth and affection, due to which you all have settled down well in this country. The Malawian brothers and sisters have accepted all of you as a part of their larger Malawian family since your arrival.

I am happy to note that despite being less than 1% of the total population, you have made significant contribution to find a place of leadership, in the economic activities of the country. Some of you have attained positions of excellence, in your respective professions. I am extremely happy to note that you are providing leadership in various sectors

I am particularly impressed to learn that Malawi had an Indian Association set up way back in 1914, popularly called as Indian Sports Club in the City of Blantyre. Then came the Indian Country Club in 1940s in Lilongwe. Both these clubs continue to function to this day.

I convey my sincere appreciation to the determination of your leadership, in keeping these Associations alive for more than 100+ years in this distant country.

I also have come to know that the Indian cultural heritage has been kept alive through the Hindu Sewa Samaj both in Blantyre and Lilongwe which also is over five decades old. Various Indian festivals are celebrated with full religious fervour and with the participation of the entire community.

By these initiatives of yours, the younger generations of Malawi Indians are able to keep in touch with our Indian cultural, customs and practices in this distant land. Your strong and wider involvement in the economic activities of Malawi is also noteworthy. I am happy that the Indian community enjoys a reputation of being peace-loving community and has been able to assimilate well with the locals.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

India, one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, with a current growth rate of 8.2%, is on course to become a 5 trillion economy by 2025. The India story, as it is unfolding today, is a promising one.

India is moving fast forward to transform itself into a modern 21st century inclusive economy. Towards this end, our Government has taken a number of measures.

An ambitious plan to build next-generation infrastructure including 100 Smart Cities, 10 green-field airports, 7 high-speed train corridors, 5 major ports, highways and nation-wide broadband connectivity linking our villages and urban areas is underway.

Nearly 10 thousand kilometres of national highways were built during the last one year. That is an average of 27 kilometres per day. 111 rivers have been identified as National Waterways and we are modernizing our railways. New metros in the urban centres and dedicated freight corridors are being built. We have set a target to produce 175 Gigawatt of clean, renewable energy by 2022.

To boost the manufacturing sector, India has embarked on the “Make in India programme”. A host of path breaking reforms have been initiated, including the transformational tax reform.

The introduction of Goods and Service Tax is a major step to have seamless and efficient national market. This will make it easier for businesses to establish and grow in India.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would urge you to look at the transformation that India is undergoing. The results from the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business 2019’ report published a couple of days ago which said, “India, which is a top improver for a second consecutive year, implemented six reforms in the past year and advanced to 77th place in the global ranking.  India is now the region’s top-ranked economy…. Starting a business was made easier through consolidation of multiple application forms and introduction of a Goods and Services Tax (GST).”

India is changing rapidly.  The business environment is changing for the better.  The archaic regulations are being dismantled.  Seamless processes are being introduced.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You are already aware of the various steps that Government of India is taking towards enhancing our relationship with Malawi. Tomorrow, when I meet Hon’ble President of Malawi, we will be signing some important and landmark announcements. One of them will be for setting up of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre in Blantyre. It is a US$ 10 mn grant from the Government of India. Another important development is the setting up of a Business Incubation Centre that has come up at the Mponela Technical College in Dowa District. The incubation centre will give the much needed fillip to upgrading the skills of Malawi youth in several sectors.

Malawi is rich in natural resources and India is more than happy to assist in value addition of their rich resources, so that the Malawian economy becomes self-reliant and Malawi is able to finance all their domestic requirements in the years ahead.

Before, I conclude, I would like to share with all of you, about the forthcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas of 2019, which is very significant. In reverence to the sentiments of the large Diaspora community to participate in Kumbh Snan and to witness the Republic Day Parade, the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas will be held from January 21-23, 2019 in Varanasi, U.P. You all are cordially invited to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

In concluding, I would like to thank each one of you, who have come here and the larger Indian community spread all over Malawi. Please keep building bridges of understanding and empathy as you have been doing, for so many decades.

Share your prosperity with your Malawi brothers and sisters and make them partners in progress. You are all well placed to do make a diffrence. I am sure you will all rise up to the occasion and assist all those who are involved in moving Malawi from a LDC country to a middle income country by the next decade.

I wish each one of you all success in your professional and personnel endevours.  I hope you will continue to cherish your Indian roots and the rich cultural tradition you have inherited and nourish the socio-economic and cultural life of Malawi.

You are India’s cultural ambassadors and the world sees you as the representatives of Indian values and way of life. 

I am happy that many of you have done India proud. 

Please continue the mission of carrying India’s message to the world in your interactions with other country men and women. Also bring back the best from other countries to India so that our country can advance much more rapidly.

 

Thank you.

 

Jai Hind!"

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AKT/BK/RK

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Your Excellency, प्रधानमंत्री जुसैप्पे कोन्ते जी,कैबिनेट में मेरे सहयोगी Dr. हर्षवर्धन जी,Tech Summit में मौजूद Technology की दुनिया से जुड़े भारत और इटली के सभी साथी, देवियों और सज्जनों!

नमस्कार!

चाओ, कोमे स्‍ताई!

इटली से यहाँ आए सभी अतिथियों का विशेष रूप से हार्दिक स्वागत है!

बेनवेनुतो इन इंडिया!

 

Friends,

 

ये 24th(twenty Fourth) Tech Summit है। इससमिट में Partner Country के रूप में इटली की भागीदारी और साथ ही प्रधानमंत्री कोन्ते जी की गरिमामय उपस्थिति, ये हमारे लिए गौरव का विषय है।

यहां आने से पहले, अपनी आधिकारिक मुलाकात के दौरान प्रधानमंत्री श्री कोन्ते जी के साथ मेरी विस्तार से चर्चा हुई है। भारत के साथ संबंधों के प्रति उनका उत्साह और उनकी प्रतिबद्धता मैंने खुद अनुभव की है।

ये साल हमारे लिए इसलिए भी महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि येभारत और इटली के Diplomatic Relations का 70वां साल है। इसी सालScience and Technology के क्षेत्र में हमारे सहयोग को 40 वर्ष पूरे हो रहे हैं। इस शुभ अवसर पर प्रधानमंत्री कोन्ते जी की भारत यात्रा का एक अलग ही महत्व है।

Friends,

 

ये वो समय है जब Technology के बिना जीवन की कल्पना करना मुश्किल है। आज करीब-करीब हर व्यक्ति का जीवन Technology से किसी ना किसी रूप में जुड़ा हुआ है। पिछले कुछ वर्षों में तो Technology के क्षेत्र में बहुत तेज़ी से परिवर्तन हुए हैं। इसकी रफ्तार इतनी तेज है कि एक टेक्नोलॉजी का प्रभाव समाज के आखिरी छोर तक पहुंच भी नहीं पाता कि उससे बेहतर टेक्नोलॉजी आ जाती है। ऐसे में सभी देशों के सामने बदलती हुई टेक्नोलॉजी के साथ चलने की चुनौती है, तो अनेक नए अवसर भी हैं।

भारत ने तो टेक्नोलॉजी को सामाजिक न्याय, सशक्तिकरण, समावेश, सक्षम सरकारी तंत्र और पारदर्शिता का माध्यम बनाया है। सरकारी सेवाओं की प्रभावी Last Mile Delivery को टेक्नोलॉजी के माध्यम से सुनिश्चित किया जा रहा है। विशेषतौर पर Digital Technology का एक व्यापक इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर विकसित किया जा रहा है, ताकि सामान्य जन को और आसानी से सुविधाओं का लाभ मिल सके। Technology को हम Ease of Living का एक महत्वपूर्ण माध्यम मानते हैं।

 

Friends,

 

आज दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी डायरेक्ट बेनिफिट स्कीम में से एक भारत में चल रही है। सरकारी मदद सीधे लाभार्थियों के बैंक खातों में पहुंचाई जा रही है। बर्थ सर्टिफिकेट से लेकर बुढ़ापे की पेंशन तक की अनेक सुविधाएं आज ऑनलाइन हैं। 300 से अधिक केंद्र और राज्य सरकार की सेवाओं को उमंग App के माध्यम से एक प्लेटफॉर्म पर लाया गया है।

डिजिटल पेमेंट आजकल करीब ढाई सौ करोड़ ट्रांजेक्शन प्रति माह की रफ्तार से बढ़ रहा है। देशभर में 3 लाख से अधिक कॉमन सर्विस सेंटर्स से गांव-गांव में ऑनलाइन सेवाएं दी जा रही हैं।

पिछले 4 वर्षों में भारत में एक जीबी डेटा की कीमत 90 प्रतिशत से ज्यादा तक कम हुई है। भारत में ये सस्ता डेटा, देश के हर व्यक्ति तक डिजिटल टेक्नोलॉजी को पहुंचाने का प्रभावी माध्यम बन रहा है।

Friends,

 

भारत अब IT Software Power की अपनी पहचान को Next Level पर ले जाने के लिए आगे बढ़ रहा है।हम भारत में Scientific Temper से Technological Temperament विकसित करने पर जोर दे रहे हैं।

देशभर में अटल टिंकरिंग लैब के माध्यम से स्कूलों में Innovation के लिए, भविष्य की तकनीक के लिए Temperament विकसित किया जा रहा है। अटल Innovation Mission के माध्यम से देश भर में ऐसे युवाओं का नेटवर्क तैयार किया जा रहा है, जो चौथी औद्योगिक क्रांति का मज़बूत स्तंभ बनेंगे।

सरकार के इन तमाम प्रयासों का ही नतीजा है कि World Intellectual Property Orgnisation (WIPO) की Global Innovation Index की रैंकिंग में हम 21 स्थान ऊपर आ गए हैं। इसके अलावा आज दुनिया का दूसरा सबसे बड़ा Start-Up Ecosystem भारत में ही है।

भारत में जो Innovation हो रहे हैं उसमें Quality पर भी जोर दिया जा रहा है। भारत का स्पेस प्रोग्राम इसका बेहतरीन उदाहरण है और इसकी सफलता तो इटली ने भी महसूस की है।

आज भारत इटली समेत दुनिया के अनेक देशों के सैटलाइट बहुत कम खर्च पर अंतरिक्ष में भेज रहा है। ये सैटेलाइट टेक्नोलॉजी का लाभ घर-घर तक पहुंचाने में उपयोगी साबित हो रही हैं।

साथियों, आज जब दुनिया IndustryFour Point Zero की चर्चा कर रही है तब, भारत और इटली की प्राचीन सभ्यताओं के बीच Science और technology में सहयोगको मजबूत करने से नए तो अवसर बनेंगे ही, बल्कि चुनौतियों का सामना भी हम प्रभावी ढंग से कर पाएंगे।

Friends,

 

आज भारत दुनिया की सबसे तेज़ी से बढ़ रही बड़ी अर्थव्यवस्थाओं में से एक है। भारत का विशाल Domestic Market, युवा जनसंख्या, Technology और Innovation का Ecosystem, साथ मिलकर दुनिया की ग्रोथ का एक ताकतवर इंजन सिद्ध होने वाला है।

वहीं विज्ञान और प्रोद्योगिकी में इटली के पास भी समृद्ध विरासत है। Manufacturing की दुनिया में इटली का नाम उत्तम क्वालिटी के लिए जाना जाता है। इसलिए, भारत और इटली साथ मिल कर High Quality Research में अपना सहयोग और अधिक मजबूत कर सकते हैं। इस सहयोग के माध्यम से हम वैश्विक चुनौतियों के समाधान के लिएसाझा Technological Solutions तैयार कर सकते हैं।

यही कारण है कि दोनों देशों के लोगों के जीवन को बेहतर बनाने, पर्यावरण को स्वच्छ बनाने, मानव कल्याण के लिए Science और Technology में सहयोग मजबूत करना पहले की तुलना में सर्वाधि‍क आवश्यक है। मुझे इस बात की खुशी है कि दोनों देशों का वैज्ञानिक समुदाय और Business Leaders मिल कर Research और Innovation के Cutting Edge क्षेत्रों में सहयोग कर रहे हैं। Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Neuro Science, और IT से ले कर सांस्कृतिक विरासत के संरक्षण जैसे क्षेत्रों में हमारा व्यापक सहयोग है।

Friends,

 

सहयोग के इस मार्ग को मजबूत करने के साथ  ही हमारा लक्ष्य यह सुनिश्चित करना भी है कि Research and Development के परिणाम प्रयोगशालाओं तक ही सीमित न रहें, बल्कि इनका लाभ समाज, जनता तक भी पहुंचे।इसलिए ही मैं हमेशा कहता हूं कि "Science is Universal, Technology has to be local”.

भारत में हमने अपनी ऐतिहासिक विरासत के संरक्षण के लिए Science and Heritage Research Initiative, यानि SHRI (श्री), की शुरुआत की है। इसका उद्देश्य ऐतिहासिक स्मारकों के संरक्षण और Restoration के लिए Technology से जुड़े समाधान ढूंढना है। Technology, Tourism और History – तीनों का संगम इस पहल में दिखाई देता है।

मुझे विश्वास है कि Science, Technology और Innovation को बढ़ावा देकर विकास की नई गति सुनिश्चित होगी। हमारे द्विपक्षीय संबंधों के विकास में भी इनकी महत्वपूर्णभूमिका होगी। यही इस Tech Summit का उद्देश्य रहा है।

मुझे विश्वास है कि बीते दो दिनों के दौरान Summit में हुई चर्चाओं में से दोनों देशों के बीच Technology Transfer, Joint Ventures और Market Access को बढ़ाने में सहायता मिलेगी। यह Summit हमारे साझा भविष्य की चर्चा में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाएगी।

Friends,

 

आज भारत-इटली द्विपक्षीय Industrial Research and Development Cooperation कार्यक्रम के अगले चरण की शुरूआत की घोषणा करते हुए मुझे बहुत ही खुशी हो रही है।इससे हमारे उद्योग और रिसर्च संस्थान बिना किसी बाधा के नए उत्पाद और Prototypes विकसित कर सकेंगे। Know how”, को समय की मांग हैShow how”में परिवर्तित हो सके।

दोनों देशों में आर्थिक संबंध और मजबूत करने के लिए हम इस बात पर भी सहमत हुए हैं कि Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) के मार्गदर्शन में एक CEO फोरम का भी गठन हो। इसके साथ ही, दोनों देशों के बीच two-way investments को बढ़ाने के लिए, व्यापार करने में आ रही अड़चनों को भी दूर करने के लिए एक Fast Track Mechanism बनाने पर भी सहमति बनी है।

मुझे इस बात की भी प्रसन्नता है कि भारत और इटली, LAD यानि Life Style Accessories Design के क्षेत्र में सहयोग बढ़ाने पर सहमत हुए हैं। इसमें भी लेदर सेक्टर, Transportation & Automobile Design यानि TAD पर विशेष फोकस किया जाएगा।

साथ ही, मुझे ये बताते हुए भी प्रसन्नता हो रही है कि दोनों देश सांस्कृतिक विरासतों के संरक्षण, Renewable Energy, Life Sciences and Geo-hazards जैसे चुनिन्दा क्षेत्रों मेंकौशल पर आधारित Indo-Italian Centres of Excellence की स्थापना करेंगे। इनसे न सिर्फ उच्च श्रेणी के विश्वविद्यालय, अनुसंधान संस्थान और उद्योगआपस में जुड़ेंगे, बल्कि हमारे सामने आरही चुनौतियों का तकनीकी समाधान भी निकाला जा सकेगा।

 

Friends,

 

Tech Summit की सफ़लता के लिए मैं सभी आयोजकों को हृदयपूर्वकबधाई देता हूँ। मैं इटली सरकार को भी ह्रदय से धन्यवाद देता हूं कि उन्होंने एक पार्टनर देश के रूप में जुड़ने का हमारा निमंत्रण स्वीकार किया। Tech Summit के सभी Participantsका भी बहुत-बहुत आभार व्‍यक्‍त करता हूं। आप सभी का योगदान और उपस्थिति इस Summit की सफलता के लिए महत्वपूर्ण रही है।

मैं एक बार फ़िर प्रधानमंत्री कोन्ते जी का आभार व्यक्त करता हूं कि उन्होंने इस कार्यक्रम की शोभा बढ़ाई। यही नहीं, उन्होंने भारत-इटली की नई पार्टनरशिप के नवनिर्माण को अपने व्यक्तिगत मार्गदर्शन, दृष्टिकोण और प्रतिबद्धता का अनमोल उपहार भी दिया है।

 

ग्रात्सिए मिल्‍ले!

बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद!!!

 

*****

अतुल कुमार तिवारी/शाहबाज़ हसीबी/बाल्‍मीकि महतो

Read more: Text of PM’s address at the Valedictory Session...

  1. India and Japan committed to working together to promote peace, stability and prosperity, through economic growth and development in the Indo-Pacific, including Africa, by enhancing connectivity through quality infrastructure and capacity building of our partners. Both countries are of firm belief that all development cooperation must be carried out in an open, transparent and non-exclusive manner and based on international standards including respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, responsible debt financing practices, and in alignment with local economic and development strategies and priorities.

 

  1. By synergizing India’s "Act East Policy” and Prime Minister Modi’s 10 guiding principles for India’s sustained and regular engagement with African countries, with Japan’s "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure Initiative” and TICAD VI Nairobi declaration, the two countries welcomed and committed to further consultations with host Governments to foster tangible cooperation focusing on development of connectivity and other infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific. India and Japan welcomed progress in identification of specific cooperation, including but not limited to the following:


2.1 Cooperation in Sri Lanka, such as the development of LNG-related infrastructure;

2.2 Cooperation in Myanmar, synergizing development efforts in the Rakhine State by collaborating in housing, education and electrification projects;

2.3 Cooperation in Bangladesh, for enhancing connectivity by way of four-laning of road and reconstruction of bridges on the Ramgarh to Baraiyarhat stretch, and providing rolling stock and constructing the Jamuna Railway Bridge over the Januma River; and


2.4 Cooperation in Africa, such as organising an SME development seminar in Kenya and seeking a possibility of a collaborative project in the area of health service such as developing a cancer hospital in Kenya.
 

  1. The two countries also acknowledged the importance of expanding cooperation in human resource development, capacity building, healthcare, livelihood, water, sanitation and in the digital space, and of working together to extend access to education, health and other amenities, and assist the people of the Indo-Pacific, including Africa, to realize their developmental potentials.

 

  1. Further, the two countries will work towards establishing an India-Japan Business Platform to enhance the exchanges between Indian and Japanese businesses toward developing industrial corridors and industrial network in the region. In this context, the two countries welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding between NEXI and ECGC, which is expected to promote development of concrete India-Japan business projects in the region.
  1. Both India and Japan believe that their development cooperation in the Indo-Pacific can contribute to unlocking the potential for an equitable, positive and forward-looking change in the region, and contribute to socio-economic development of Africa.

India-Japan Cooperation Act East Forum

  1. India’s North East Region is one of the main areas of India’s Act East Policy. The region also shares historical and traditional bonds with ASEAN countries, and has the potential to be India’s springboard to the ASEAN region. Enhancing connectivity within North East Region and with its neighboring countries is essential to tap its potential and presents crystallized examples of the shared vision between Japan and India as expressed in the Vision Statement.
  2. The Act East Forum established last year has served as a driving force to advance India-Japan cooperation in the North-East. Its second meeting was held on 8th October with the following outcomes:

    2.1 Expediting implementation:


Meghalaya North East Connectivity


Phase 1: Tura-Dalu (NH-51)

Phase 2: Shillong-Dawki (NH-40)

Mizoram North East Coonectivity

Phase 1 & 2: Aizawl-Tuipang (NH-54)

Sikkim: Biodiversity Conservation & Forest Management

Nagaland: Forest Conservation Livelihood Improvement


2.2 Japan and India reaffirmed their intentions to proceed with:


Completion of Gelephu-Dalu Corridor in collaboration with the ADB


including Dhubri/Phulbari bridge project, which will be the longest river bridge in India if realized, as Phase 3 of North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project.


Consideration of developing Main District Roads (MDRs) and Other District Roads (ODRs), which will have positive socio-economic effect.


ODA loan to the "Project for Renovation and Modernization of Umiam-Umtru Stage-III Hydroelectric Power Station”


Sustainable Forest Management in Tripura, and consideration for a similar project in Meghalaya.


2.3 Skill and Vocational Initiatives:


To launch "Japan-India North East Bamboo Initiative” in view of the significance bamboo plays in the region. Industrial uses of bamboos and bamboo forest management will be pursued under this initiative, building on the successful first "North East Bamboo Workshop.


To promote Japanese language education in the North East as a part of the commitment made by the two Prime Ministers to establish Japanese language certificate courses at 100 higher educational institutions in India. The Forum welcomed the interest for such courses expressed by Cotton University and Gauhati University in Assam state, EFLU in Meghalaya state as well as NIT-N in Nagaland state, to which Japan is prepared to provide appropriate support through Japanese Language Teachers Training Centre. More proposals from North East States are welcome.


To promote skill training including Japanese language for caregivers from North East who visit Japan for training under TITP (Technical Intern Training Program) ,which contributes to enhancing cooperation between the two countries under the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.


2.4 Disaster Management:


Japan’s contribution to resilient infrastructures in North East Region and through Capacity Development Project on Highways in Mountainous Regions

Knowledge sharing through the Japan-India Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction

Pursuit of better utilizing JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Group & Region Focus) to provide relevant training opportunities for the officials of North East.

 

  1. The Forum will review the progress of projects under its initiatives and further consider future cooperation concerning the North East Region of India.

India-Japan Economic and ODA Cooperation

Recognising the significant contribution of Japan’s ODA to the socio-economic development of India, India expressed appreciation for Japan’s continuous support that symbolises the ties between the two countries. In this regard, India and Japan reviewed with satisfaction the Japan’s assistance as shown below:


Japan’s ODA Loan


Since the last Summit in India in September 2017, the following projects were provided ODA Loans:


- Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Project (Phase 3) (I) [Karnataka]
- Mumbai Metro Line 3 Project (II) [Maharashtra]
- Project for Construction of Chennai Seawater Desalination Plant (I)

[Tamil Nadu]


- Project for Improvement of Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystems


Management and Livelihoods [Himachal Pradesh]


- Project for Installation of Chennai Metropolitan Area Intelligent Transport Systems [Tamil Nadu]


During the 13th Summit, the signing ceremony of exchange of notes regarding the following projects including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Project (II) took place:


- Project for the Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (II)

[Maharashtra and Gujarat]


- Project for Renovation and Modernization of Umiam-Umtru Stage-III

Hydroelectric Power Station [Meghalaya]


- Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System Project (Phase 3) (III) [Delhi]

- North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project (Phase 3)

(I) [Dhubri in Assam and Phulbari in Meghalaya]


- Project for the Construction of Turga Pumped Storage (I) [Purulia in West Bengal]

- Project for the Construction of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Phase 1) [Tamil Nadu]


- Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management in Tripura [Tripura]

In addition, India expressed expectation that ODA loan regarding the dairy development in India will be provided soon and that preparatory surveys on pollution abatement of River Nag at Nagpur in Maharashtra, rural water supply in Madhya Pradesh, landscape community forest and water management in Meghalaya would commence soon. India also welcomed that relevant authorities of India and Japan started discussions for cooperation through ODA loan to promote SDGs in India.


Varanasi convention center

The two sides welcomed the progress of the Project for Construction of the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi, which is deemed as the symbol of friendship between Japan and India. India appreciated the additional grant aid already provided by Japan.

Grant aid for improving traffic congestion and urban environment


India also expressed its appreciation for the signing of the Exchange of Notes for the provision of a grant aid to the Project for Implementation of Advanced Traffic Information and Management System in Core Bengaluru in December 2017.

 

India-Japan Cooperation in Railways

Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail


To revolutionize the connectivity in India and introduce the High Speed Rail, India and Japan are cooperating to construct the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR). Given the significance of the project, it is being monitored at the apex-level in the form of Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) presently co-chaired by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, from the Indian side and Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the Japanese side.


The 8th JCM on MAHSR project held in Delhi on 17 September 2018 confirmed the steady progress of the project and it was also agreed that both sides will continue to advance mutual efforts to facilitate the smooth achievement of the project. Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Keiichi Ishii and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism Mr. Masatoshi Akimoto visited India respectively in December 2017 and in May 2018 from the perspective of MAHSR Project, including station area development such as the approach roads, station plaza and multimodal integration plan.


During the summit meeting, Exchange of Notes and Loan Agreement for the second tranche of Japanese ODA Loan for MAHSR Project were signed, following completion of JICA’s Appraisal Mission in September 2018 and signing of the Loan Agreement for the first tranche of Japanese ODA Loan between JICA and DEA on 28 September, 2018.


Current status: National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) is the implementing agency of the project. Final Location Survey of the project has already been completed. Based on final alignment, all underground & overhead utilities have been identified. The process of land acquisition has begun between Mumbai & Ahmedabad with target of completion by December 2018. Joint Measurement Survey has been completed for 328 km out of 487km. The entire project, including the High-Speed Rail training institute, has been divided into 26 contract packages, out of which 4 packages are already awarded. Multimodal Transport Integration Plan, an important component for creating a smart and sustainable integrated transport network, is ongoing for all the 12 stations. Memorandum for general consultancy has been signed by JICA with the Ministry of Railways, NHSRCL and JV of Japanese consultants and marks an important development in the project timeline.


Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC)


Western DFC, a corridor of 1,522 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal (JNPT) to Dadri visualized for reducing the congestion in the Mumbai-Delhi route, being executed through JICA funding.


Current Status: DFC has achieved overall 48% physical progress of civil packages and track laying of 802Km has been completed. Approx. 99% land acquisition has been made and tenders have been awarded worth Rs. 33,130 Cr (JPY 523 billion). Trial run of an Indian Railways Freight train was conducted successfully on 15 August 2018 on the 190km long Ateli-Phulera section of the DFC falling on the Jaipur Division of North Western Railway between the National Capital Region (NCR) and Mumbai and thus marked an important milestone in this game-changer project.


Future cooperation


(i) Make in India: In order to realize the Make in India objectives in MAHSR project, a Task Force comprising DIPP, Embassy of Japan, NHSRCL, MLIT and METI was constituted and recommendations have been agreed for four sub-groups i.e. Civil works, Track Works, Electrical Works (including Signal & Telecom) and Rolling Stock. Six train sets will be done under Make in India out of a total 24 train sets.


(ii) Training: A new High-Speed Rail Training Institute is being built at the National Academy of Indian Railways campus in Vadodara utilizing Japanese ODA Loan through JICA. Two contracts out of total Three have been awarded. Last tender of training institute was invited in July 2018 and is expected to be finalized by December 2018. The construction of Training Institute has started and it is planned to open by December 2020. In order to have sufficient human resources for operation of the important High Speed Rail Project, training of 480 Ministry of Railways and 120 NHSRCL officials for 2018&2019 was agreed to during the 7th JCM. Already, 287 young officers of Indian Railways have undergone training in Japan in 2017-18 about High-Speed Rail technology. Government of Japan has offered 20 seats per year for master degree course from the universities of Japan, for serving Indian Railways officials. At present, 17 officers are undergoing the Masters’ program in various universities and for the year 2019, applications have been called for 20 seats.


(iii) Upgrading infrastructure and technical cooperation: With Government of India’s renewed focus on ensuring safety of Railways, India has been cooperating with Japan to study its best practices in this area. Under JICA technical cooperation, a team of safety experts from Japan had visited Indian Railways to investigate the status of rail welding execution and safety management. "The Project for Capacity Development on Railway Safety” will be taken under Technical Cooperation to develop the capacities of the Indian Railways and Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited with regard to safety of the railway network on track maintenance including rail welding techniques and rolling stock maintenance for improving safety.
 

India-Japan Cooperation in "Make in India”

Based on the "Japan-India Investment Promotion Roadmap" committed between METI and DIPP in September 2017, in addition to opening the JETRO’s Business Support Center (BSC) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in July this year, various investment promotion seminars were held in Japan and India.

On 29 October 2018, private sector investment projects proposed by about 60 Japanese companies were showcased to Prime Minister Modi, which would be facilitated by Invest India and JETRO. These projects include the sectors providing greater impetus to "Make in India” such as automobile, steel, electronics, IoT and AI, chemical, food processing, etc. The total investment is projected to be approximately 280 billion JPY with creation of over 29,000 additional jobs in India.


Regarding the Japanese Industrial Townships (JITs), METI and DIPP exchanged the progress reports on the implemented actions and major achievements for promotion of JITs including, but not limited to, infrastructure development, promotional activities, fiscal incentives, improvement in Ease of Doing Business and human resource development.

As a new initiative, METI and DIPP decided to cooperate on the development of "Advanced Model Single Window” to streamline administrative procedures in Central and State Governments of India based on the best practices in and outside India and its capacity building, thereby accelerating India’s effort to promote Ease of Doing Business in India.


"Logistics Data Bank Project", a DMIC project which contributes to efficient logistics/supply chain by visualization of international marine container transportation using RFID tag at related port/inland facility, is further contributing to improvement in the business environment.

India-Japan Cooperation in Skill Development

In order to provide an enabling framework for augmenting manufacturing base in India by training 30,000 persons over 10 years, in 2016, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme, thereby also contributing to flagship initiatives such as "Skill India” and "Make in India”. Under the MoC, Japanese companies in India are participating in Skill Development through the establishment of Japan India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM) and Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC).

JIMs have already been established to train future shop floor leaders in Japanese style manufacturing processes and key working methods such as Kaizen and 5S, etc. Five Japanese Companies took the lead by establishing JIMs in 2017 viz., Suzuki (Gujarat), Daikin (Rajasthan), Yamaha (Tamil Nadu), Toyota and Hitachi (Karnataka). In 2018, Ahresty established its JIM in Bawal (Haryana), Toyota Tsusho in Mandal (Gujarat), And Terumo in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).


JECs have been initiated in select engineering colleges for training middle management engineers in the manufacturing sector. Meidensha Corporation established the first JEC in power transformation and generation in 2017 followed by Mitsubishi Electric, which has established Factory Automation course in numerous Engineering Colleges across India in 2018.


MSDE of India signed the MoC on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in October 2017 creating an enabled framework for bilateral cooperation for appropriate implementation of TITP under the revised Technical Intern Training Act of Japan. India completed the first round of accreditation of 23 Sending Organisations in March 2018 that are recognized by the Organization for Technical Intern Training (OTIT) of Japan for accepting interns under the MoC on TITP. From July to September 2018, the first group of 15 Indian interns trained by CII (an accredited Sending Organisation) has been accepted to train on the job in a Japanese company under the TITP framework. As on date, 17 technical interns from India have entered Japan under TITP.


Outreach programmes such as a Workshop on TITP (February 2018) in New Delhi and an India Seminar on TITP in Nagoya (September 2018) have been organized by MSDE along with National Skill Development Corporation and JITCO to showcase India’s strength in providing skilled interns to meet Japanese needs and to sensitize relevant stakeholders in India and about the opportunities in TITP.


Future Cooperation


(i) Japan and India will continue their efforts on skill development in India through JIM/JEC and thereby further contribute to "Skill India” and "Make in India”.


(ii) Japan and India will promote skill training such as Japanese language, including for caregivers from North East who visit Japan for training under TITP (Technical Intern Training Program), which contributes to enhancing cooperation between the two countries under the Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative.
 

India-Japan Cooperation on Digital Partnership

To leap ahead together in the era of technology and to tap into the synergies and complementarities between Japan’s "Society 5.0” and India’s flagship programmes like "Digital India”, "Smart City” and "Start-up India” for promoting "Ease of Living”, the two nations will cooperate in areas of next generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT), etc. In this regard, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), India have held 6 rounds of Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings till 2018 and Ministry of Communications (MOC), India and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan signed a Joint Minutes on cooperation in ICT sector under the fifth meeting of India-Japan JWG in 2018.

In this context, the two Prime Ministers have welcomed a holistic "India-Japan Digital Partnership” (I-JDP), which was signed as a Memorandum of Cooperation between MeitY India and METI, Japan, to further the existing areas of cooperation as well as to explore opportunities of new initiatives in ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) , with a special emphasis on "Digital Technologies” and also, expand the scope of India-Japan "Start-up Hub”.


Start-up Hub between India and Japan: In pursuance of realizing the commitment of the two Prime Ministers as reflected in the Joint Statement of the India-Japan Annual Summit 2017 to establish an India-Japan Startup-hub, both sides signed the Joint Statement on Japan-India Startup Initiative during the visit of METI Minister Seko to India in May this year that included the establishment of a Startup Hub in Bengaluru stationed at JETRO as an interface between respective startups and firms for more collaboration such as by identifying selected Indian start-ups for Japanese market and for potential Japanese investors. Also, online platform of Japan-India Startup Hub established by Invest India will serve the same.

Talent Facilitation: The exchange of talents between India and Japan is essential to synergize the competitiveness and experience of industries in both countries. To realize this, I-JDP will consider initiating and also expanding already existing mechanisms for facilitating training opportunities and Internship programs, organizing Job Fairs (Japan career fair), introducing the Start-Up Program for highly skilled Indian professionals (namely Japanese "Green Card” and Highly Skilled Professional VISA), expanding JEC Courses to IT and electronics firms.

 

Cooperation in R&D: To promote linkages between NITI Aayog, spearheading the National Programme for AI Research in India, and METI, focusing on promoting emerging technologies under "Society 5.0”, India and Japan signed an overarching Statement of Intent between NITI Aayog and METI on Artificial Intelligence with provision of exploring possibilities for specific institutional cooperation such as between Artificial Intelligence Research Centre of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and IIT Hyderabad in India.


Projects in ICT areas having Security dimension: Realizing the need for an advanced and a secure technology, under this partnership, India and Japan will consider cooperating in the areas of security of digital infrastructure of future networks, framework for Telecom Security etc. Both leaders welcomed the initiation for laying the submarine optical fiber cables for connecting Chennai and the Andaman islands by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) of India and NEC of Japan, and both side will further cooperate in the development of submarine cable projects in view of their strategic importance.


Electronics Ecosystem: India and Japan would establish a partnership mechanism between both sides on Electronics Manufacturing including collaboration between Indian and Japanese companies in Electronics System Design, related Software technologies and electronics manufacturing for long tail market.


Digital Corporate Partnership: India and Japan will aim at promoting corporate and business linkages in the field of IT between India and Japan through initiatives such as matching events, dispatching business missions and BSNL, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Communications India and NTT-AT of Japan signed the MoU on cooperation in Telecommunication. National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) from the Indian side and Prefecture Government of Hiroshima have established the first "IT Corridor” in Japan to "co-create for global markets leveraging Japanese ecosystem strengths on the hardware side and Indian ecosystem on the software side”.

Cooperation between India and Japan on Agriculture,Food Processing, Food Safety, Forestry, and Fisheries

A: Agriculture

1. Joint Working Group based on the MOC between MAFF and MoAFW

(i) Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed on 11 November 2016 (when the Prime Minister Modi visited Japan)

(ii) The 1st Joint Working Group (JWG) was held on 6 November 2017 (after the World Food India (WFI) 2017])

A. Identified three areas of cooperation:

a) Agricultural productivity
b) Food processing
c) Fisheries

iii) "The Program for Promoting Investment into India by Japan in the field of Agriculture and Fisheries”

· Based on the discussion at the 1st JWG, (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoAFW)) deliberated the way to promote the investment into India on agriculture and fisheries and signed "The Program for Promoting Investment into India by Japan in the Field of Agriculture and Fisheries” on 29 October 2018.

(iv) ISE Food’s Telangana Mega Project supported by the Japan-India Food Business Council was registered as the first investment case for the Programme.

2. Indo-Japan Agricultural Center of Excellence

l MAFF and MoAFW discussed as to how Japan can contribute to improve agricultural productivity by using Japanese technologies.

l One idea is to set up Indo-Japan Agricultural Center of Excellence where Japanese technologies are showcased, spread, and products made with these technologies are sold.

3. Research Cooperation

(i) MOU on Joint Research between Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was signed on 9 February 2018

(ii) First kick-off meeting was held on 15 June 2018 in Karnal and discussed the cooperation on (a) development of low-cost subsurface drainage and irrigation technology in salt-affected fields for sustainable agricultural production, and (b) development of regionally-adopted salt-tolerant crop.

B: Food processing

1. World Food India 2017

Japan participated in the WFI 2017 as a partner country and Mr. Taniai, State Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan led the Japanese delegation. Approximately 60 Japanese companies participated in the event.

2. MOC between MAFF and MoFPI

(i) MOC between MAFF and MoFPI was signed and exchanged in the presence of two leaders of Japan and India on 29 October 2018.

3. MOU between MoFPI and Japanese companies

(i) Signed the first MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MoFPI) and a Japanese company (ISE Food) on 13 March 2018.

(ii) Signed MOUs between MoFPI and Japanese companies (Kagome and Nissan Steel) on 29 October 2018.

4. Food companies associations for studying Indian Market in Japan

(i) MAFF is promoting the development of Global Food Value Chain (GFVC) and organised the India Sub-committee of the Public-Private Council for Promoting GFVC in March 2018. Approximately 400 companies are the members of the Council.

(ii) The Japan India Food Business Council was launched in May 2018.

C: Food safety

MOC between FSSAI and the Japanese Government

Signed MOC between Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Food Safety Commission, Consumer Affairs Agency, Ministry Health, Labor and Welfare and MAFF of Japan on 29 October 2018.

D: Forestry

Joint Working Group based on the MOC between MAFF and MoEF&CC

(i) MOC between MAFF and Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was signed on 11 December 2015.

l Identified seven areas of cooperation

a) Human resource development and institutional exchange between training institutes
b) Sustainable forest management
c) Enhancement of forest conservation and forest disaster prevention
d) Conservation of biodiversity
e) Effective utilization of forest resources
f) Enhancement of relevant policies on forests, forestry and technologies
g) Research and development in forestry sector

(ii) During the 3rd JWG on 23 July 2018 "Roadmap for India-Japan forest and forestry cooperation” from 2018 to 2022 was agreed upon

E: Fisheries

(1) Concurred on Sanitary Certificate Covering Fish and Fishery Products for export to India for Human Consumption in March 2018.

(2) Concurred on Certificate Covering Prawn Feed/ Shrimp Feed/ Fish Feed for export from Japan to India in October 2018.

F: Cooperation between MAFF and State Governments, and some activities by private companies

(1) Andhra Pradesh State (AP state)
(a) Between MAFF and AP state, MOC in the field of Agricultural and Food related industry was signed on 30 July 2016.
(b) Between MAFF and AP state, MOC on designing of the Master Plan was signed on 25 Feb 2018.
・Study for making the Master Plan on Cold-Chain in AP state commenced from July 2018.

(2) Maharashtra State (MH state)

(a) Between MAFF and MH state, MOC signed on 29 October 2018
(3) Uttar Pradesh State (UP state)
(a) Between MAFF and UP state, MOC was signed on 26 October 2018

G. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

(1) "Andhra Pradesh Irrigation and Livelihood Improvement Project (Phase2)” Between JICA and Ministry of Finance (MoF), LA was signed on 13 December 2017.

(2) "Project for Improvement of Himachal Pradesh Forest Ecosystems Management and Livelihoods”

Between JICA and Embassy of India, LA was signed on 29 March 2018.

(3) "Project for Livelihood Improvement in Dairy Sector through Cooperatives” JICA started preparatory survey in July 2018.

India-Japan Security and Defence Cooperation

India and Japan have made significant progress in the last decade in fostering joint efforts towards shared security since the announcement of the India-Japan Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation in 2008. Both countries desire to further deepen bilateral security and defence cooperation through established mechanisms, including the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Policy Dialogue, the national Security Advisors’ Dialogue, Staff-level dialogue between each service and bilateral dialogue between Coast Guards, as well as exercises between each of three Services and exercises between the Coast Guards. Both countries attach importance to the Malabar exercise, regular Passage Exercises (PASSEX) and other joint exercises including the first counter terrorism exercise between the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and the Indian Army as well as Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) participation as observer in Cope India and welcome increased cooperation with like-minded countries.

Maritime security cooperation between India and Japan through enhanced exchanges in expanding maritime domain awareness (MDA) and mutual logistics support in the Indo-Pacific Region contributes to regional peace and stability. During the 13th Summit, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the signing the Implementing Arrangement for Deeper Cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and commencement of negotiations for the Acquisition, Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA). These two documents will enhance the strategic depth of the relationship. Cooperation between India and Japan on defence equipment and technology holds immense scope and potential for future bilateral collaborations.


Enabling Framework


Defence cooperation between India and Japan flows from the Joint Declaration Security Cooperation 2008 and the Memorandum on Defence Cooperation and Exchanges concluded in 2014.


The Agreement concerning the Transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology and Agreement concerning Security Measures for the Protection of Classified Military Information also concluded in 2015 have further built on this edifice.


The Implementing Arrangement for Deeper Cooperation between the Indian Navy and JMSDF was signed in October 2018.


It will establish the means and framework for information sharing and conduct of joint exercises and other maritime engagements for the enhancement of Maritime Security and MDA, including the exchange of shipping information.

Current Status

At the apex level the Annual Defence Ministerial Meeting was commenced in May 2006, with the last meeting held in India in August 2018. The Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD) was commenced in April 2007 in Tokyo; the 6th edition of DPD and 5th edition of 2+2 Dialogue was held in New Delhi in June 2018.


Service Staff Talks between each of three services are in place. The 7th Indian Navy-to- JMSDF Staff talks were held in January 2018 in Delhi and the 2nd Indian Air Force-to-JASDF Staff Talks was held in June 2018 in Delhi. The 5th Indian Army-to-Japan JGSDF Staff Talks will also be held in India in early 2019. The 17th Indian Coast Guard(ICG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) high level meeting was held in New Delhi in January 2018.


Joint Exercises: India and Japan have a high frequency of Indian Navy-to-JMSDF exercises with the Trilateral Malabar Exercise being the most significant engagement. Malabar 2018 was conducted off Guam in June 2018 and witnessed significant participation from all the participants. The bilateral maritime exercise JIMEX-18 was held off Visakhapatnam in October 2018, after an interlude of 5 years,with the participation of Japan’s helicopter destroyer Kaga. PASSEX are regularly conducted during the visit of Indian Naval ships and JMSDF ships to each other’s ports in India and Japan. PASSEX were held in September 2017 off Western India, October 2017 off Western Kyushu, Japan, November 2017 in the Sea of Japan, January 2018 off Mumbai and May 2018 off Visakhapatnam and September 2018 off the Gulf of Aden. The first Air anti-submarine (ASW) exercise between Indian Navy P-8I and JMSDF P-3C was held off Goa in October 2017, during the return transit of the JMSDF aircraft deployed to the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations. This was followed by an Air ASW exercise between JMSDF P-1 and Indian Navy P-8I in May 2018 off Goa. India and Japan will conduct the first Counter Terrorism exercise between the JGSDF and the Indian Army in November 2018. The Indian Army also participated as observers in the Japan and U.S. Common Integration Emergency Drill (TREX-17) held in November 2017, and the Indian Navy took part in the mine and explosive ordnance exercise held in July 2018. There also exist a large number of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges amongst all three services in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR), peacekeeping, helicopter aircrew and meteorology. A joint exercise off the coast of Chennai between the ICG and JCG was held in January 2018.

Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation


Defence Expo 18 at Chennai in April 2018 witnessed participation from the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), Ministry of Defense, Japan.

The Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation (JWG-DETC) constituted in 2014 has met on four occasions with the 4th JWG-DETC held in New Delhi in July 2018. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and ATLA signed the Project Arrangement Concerning the Cooperative Research on the Visual SLAM Based GNSS Augmentation Technology for UGV/Robotics in July 2018.


The first-ever Defence Industry Forum between India and Japan was organised along with the 3rd JWG-DETC in Tokyo in September 2017. This was followed by a similar initiative on the sidelines of the 4th JWG-DETC wherein a Business-to-Business interaction with Japanese defence companies visiting Indian defence industries at Bengaluru and Mumbai under the auspices of Department of Defence Production (DDP) and ATLA was held.

India-Japan Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

As two of the most disaster prone countries in the world, India and Japan have been cooperating in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the implementation and follow-up of the Sendai Framework In January 2018, Japan participated along with 20 other countries in an international workshop hosted by India as a follow up to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in New Delhi in November 2016 where Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi announced that India would be willing to partner with other countries and stakeholders to develop a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure.


An important milestone in India-Japan cooperation in the field of DRR came during the visit of PM Abe to India in September 2017 for the India-Japan Annual Summit when the two sides concluded a bilateral MoC between Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and the Cabinet Office, the Government of Japan, on cooperation in DRR, Prevention, Response, Recovery and Reconstruction. From the Indian side, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the nodal agency for implementation of the MoC. Under the MoC, the first Japan-India Workshop on DRR was held in New Delhi in March 2018 with six well-considered sessions such as – Preparedness, Early Warning System and Approaches by Private Sector. At the workshop, apart from sharing Japan’s approach of "Build Back Better”, it also showcased its technologies in early warning systems and shared its own experience in disaster-preparedness. Based on the workshop, Earthquake Early Detection and Warning System, Disaster Risk Assessment particularly with regards to earthquakes and sharing of experiences and good practices on public awareness (e.g. through mock exercises) were identified as concrete action points to take the India-Japan cooperation in this field forward.


Second workshop was held in Tokyo on 15 October 2018. The workshop focused on three topics; (i) Exercise and training, (ii) meteorological hazard, in view of several critical flooding’s happened in both countries in 2018, and (iii) early warning system from policy and technology perspectives.

Japan’s ODA relevant to DRR: Apart from the above, Japan has been extending its assistance to India through resilient infrastructure development as well as technical cooperation on natural disaster management in forested areas and sustainable development of mountainous highways.

India-Japan Science & Technology and Academic Cooperation

Enabling Framework

India-Japan Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation was formalized through an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed in 1985. Bilateral S&T cooperation was further promoted in 1993 with the establishment of the India-Japan Science Council (IJSC), which has till date organized 19 meetings, supported 250 joint projects, 1600 exchange visits of scientists, 65 joint seminars/workshops and 9 Asian Academic seminars and 10 Raman-Mizushima lectures.


In 2006, DST initiated a value based partnership on the principles of 'reciprocity and co-funding with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) through Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Since then several Institutional Agreements/ MoUs in the areas of Life Sciences, Material Sciences, High Energy physics, ICT, Biotechnology, Healthcare, Heavy Ion Radiotherapy, Methane Hydrate, Robotics, Alternative Sources of Energy, Marine and Earth Sciences and Technology, Peaceful uses of Outer Space have been signed between the Science Agencies of both countries.

Recent Initiatives


· India-Japan Joint Laboratories in the area of ICT ("Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics”) "Architecting Intelligent Dependable Cyber Physical System Targeting IoT and Mobile Big Data Analysis" between The University of Tokyo and IIT Bombay; "Data Science-based Farming Support System for Sustainable Crop Production under Climatic Change" between The University of Tokyo and IIT Hyderabad; and "Security in the Internet of Things Space" between Kyushu University and IIT Delhi.


· Initiation of DST-JSPS Fellowship Programme for young researchers.

· MoU for second phase of Indian Beam Line at KEK Tsukuba for advanced materials research.


· Under Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Program, a project "Smart Cities Development for Emerging Countries by Multimodal Transport System Based on Sensing, Network and Big Data Analysis of Regional Transportation” was launched in 2017.

· Under the "Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science" (Sakura Science Plan), 655 students and supervisors visited Japan from April 2017 through March 2018. 39 students selected by DST who are INSPIRE scholarship awardees, also visited Japan under this Program in May 2018.

· Setting up the DBT-AIST Advanced International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) at Tsukuba, Japan and Six SISTERs (Satellite International Institutes for Special Training Education and Research) for drug development and therapeutic diseases in India.


· Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India (MoES) and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) signed an MoC for collaboration in broad areas under Ocean and Earth Science and Technology in November 2016.


· A Joint Research Contract between DBT and AIST to establish a "DBT-AIST International CENter for Translational & Environmental Research (DAICENTER)” was during the Summit in India in September 2017.


· The MoC between the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) and Tata Medical Center, Kolkata in the field of heavy ion radiotherapy was signed in September 2017.


· Based on the MoU concerning cooperation in the field of space signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in November 2016, ISRO and JAXA held the second Joint Working Group in September 2018 to discuss cooperation areas.

· ISRO and JAXA signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning Pre-Phase A Study and Phase A Study of Joint Lunar Polar Exploration Mission in December 2017, and ISRO and JAXA have successfully completed the feasibility study report in March 2018.


· ISRO and JAXA signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements in June 2018.

· Department of Space (DOS) of India, ISRO, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan and JAXA co-hosted the 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-24) in Bengaluru in November 2017 where the Joint Statement was adopted.

Research & Academic partnerships


· Memorandum for an Internship Program between OMRON Corporation, the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering of Ritsumeikan University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad was signed in November, 2017.


· Hiroshima University signed agreements, memorandums and annexure with eight india institutes as follows:


1. Annexure to Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research through the CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CEERI), Pilani, India and Hiroshima University, Japan Concerning International Collaboration on Research, Academic and Educational Exchange (December 2017).


2. Agreement on Academic and Educational Exchange and Memorandum to Academic and Educational Exchange Agreement between Hiroshima University, Japan and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India (BITS-P)(December 2017).


3. Agreement on Academic and Educational Exchange and Memorandum to Academic and Educational Exchange Agreement between Hiroshima University, Japan and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (IIT BOMBAY)(January 2018)


4. Memorandum to Academic and Educational Exchange Agreement between Hiroshima University, Japan and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India (January, 2018).


5. Memorandum on Student Exchange between Hiroshima University, Japan and CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) (January 2018).


6. Memorandum of Agreement for Student Exchange between Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Hiroshima University, Japan (April 2018).


7. Memorandum of Agreement on Academic and Educational Exchange between Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India and Hiroshima University Japan (May 2018).


8. Memorandum of Understanding on Academic and Educational Exchange between Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India and Hiroshima University, Japan (October, 2018.)


· Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Nuclear System Safety Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology signed two Agreements of Academic and Research Collaboration respectively with Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati (January 2018) and School of Engineering Discipline of Metallurgy Engineering and Material Science, Indian Institute of Technology Indore (July 2018)


· Nagasaki University signed three Letters of Intent (LoIs) with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) respectively for education and academic research cooperation in July 2018.


· Memorandum of Understanding Between Shizuoka University, Japan and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S. A. S. Nagar was signed in October 2018.


· Hokkaido University signed four Academic Exchange Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding on Student Exchange respectively with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay(January 2018), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (March 2018), Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (April 2018), and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (October 2018).

· MoU between CSIR, India and Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo for R&D cooperation in areas such as Mechatronics including Robotics, Surface Engineering, Energy Storage (especially solar to chemical), and Optoelectronics was signed in October 2018.

· MoU between Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India and Hiroshima University for research partnerships was signed in October 2018.

· Memorandum of Understanding on Further Cooperation toward Indo-Japan Global Startup between Nagasaki University and IIITDM was signed in October 2018.


· Agreement for Cooperation between Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India was signed in October, 2018.


· MoC between the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) of Japan and the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research of India on Polar Research (NCPOR) was signed in October 2018.


Future Initiatives


Both sides propose to establish Joint research in areas like climate prediction, ocean prediction and few others. Regarding the India-Japan Joint Research Laboratory Programme in the field of ICT between JST and DST, both sides are considering some activities to further continue the collaboration. Regarding the joint lunar polar exploration mission between ISRO and JAXA, both sides will continue the joint study to start the development immediately with the target of launching the mission in early 2020s.
 

Promotion of Japanese Language Education in India

 

  1. In view of the persistent demand for Japanese language knowing professionals since the past few years, Prime Ministers of India and Japan recognized the importance of expanding Japanese language education in India for achieving wider and closer cooperation in different domains.

    2. Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of Japanese Language Education in India was signed during the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to India on 14 September 2017. This Memorandum of Cooperation provides for establishing a Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre, training of 1000 Japanese language teachers and establishing of 100 new Japanese language courses, in the next 5 years.


3. The activity is jointly steered by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Embassy of Japan in India with the support of Japan Foundation, Ministry of Human Resource Development, UGC, JNU-HRDC, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Health, Family and Welfare, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and CSIR.

4. In pursuance of the aims of the Memorandum, the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre was established in New Delhi on July 23, 2018 at its temporary location in the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The centre was inaugurated by Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Ambassador of Japan in India Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu. The ceremony was attended by JNU Vice Chancellor Professor. Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials from the Indian side. From the Japanese side, Executive Vice President of Japan Foundation, Mr. Tomoyuki Sakurai and other senior officials attended the event.


5. The first training programme of 360 hours, that spread over a period of 3 months commenced on 23 July 2018 for the Japanese language knowing trainees having N3 level of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), completed successfully on 12 October 2018. This course covered beginners and intermediate-level Japanese learners, used different teaching methods and classroom teaching practices. A total of 25 trainees passed this course. Further, a 5-day training course and a 2-day training course were conducted at Shantiniketan from 12 – 16 September 2018 and at Bengaluru from 26-27 October 2018 respectively.

 

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has congratulated Zimbabwe for conducting free and fair elections recently. He was calling on the President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa and later holding delegation level talks with the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Kembo Mohadi, in Harare, Zimbabwe today. The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

During his interaction with the President of Zimbabwe, the Vice President said that India and Zimbabwe enjoy historic ties and we need to strengthen them to a much higher level. He thanked the Zimbabwe Government for signing the Frame Work Agreement on International Solar Alliance and requested them to ratify it at an early date .

Later, the Vice President met the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Kembo Mohadi and held delegation level talks.

The Vice President said that India will take up the establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Zimbabwe, as a grant assistance, keeping with our celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.

The Vice President said that India is offering 8 slots for Zimbabwe defence personnel for training under ITEC for this year which is doubled the training slots from 4 last year to 8 this year. We should look at greater engagement particularly in the context of sourcing defence equipment from India, he said.

The Vice President said that India has consistently voiced the need to have a strong resolute response to terrorism and its manifestations and India is committed to working towards fighting and elimination of this menace. We need to work together, particularly at the United Nations and other multilateral fora to fight it, he added.

The Vice President said that India is extending another LOC of $310 million for extension of life of Hwange Thermal Plant, which is of priority to Zimbabwe. We also enhance the funds for two LOC projects pertaining to Thermal Plant Project at Bulawayo and Deka Pipe laying project for US$23 million and US$19 million, respectively to complete them on time       , he said.

The Vice President said that three grants projects namely, Vocational Training Centre (VTC), up-gradation of Indo-Zim Technology Centre ($ 2.92 million), and supply of ten ambulances and life-saving drugs are in progress. India may also support Zimbabwe in development of Micro & Mini Grid, Smart Grids and Hybrid Renewable Energy Technologies, he said.

Later, both the Vice Presidents have witnessed the signing of 5 MoUs for the cooperation in the areas of Geology, Mining and Mineral Resources; Traditional Medicine and Homeopathy; Art, Culture and Heritate; Collaboration on Broadcasting; Visa Waiver Agreement for Diplomatic Passport holders; and one Action Plan on Information and Communication Technology.

Later in the Evening, the Vice President addressed the India Zimbabwe Business Forum meet and narrated the India's growth story and the reforms that taking place. There are natural synergies between the two economies and we need to tap them for our mutual benefit, he said. Zimbabwean companies can take advantage of the high growth trajectory of the Indian economy, he further said. He urged the business community to consider investing in India.

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Prime Minister of India H.E. Shri Narendra Modi visited Japan on October 28-29, 2018 for the India-Japan Annual Summit with Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe. During the visit, recognizing the unparalleled potential for development of relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe reviewed the significant milestones achieved over the last four years and outlined the following shared vision for the future of India-Japan relations:

 

  1. The India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership, firmly rooted in history and based on common values is the mainspring for advancing the two countries’ shared strategic objectives and achieving peace, prosperity and progress to realize a better future for the people of the two countries. As the two Prime Ministers resonantly elucidated in the series of SAMVAD dialogues, the universal values of freedom, humanism, democracy, tolerance and non-violence, which have been shared between India and Japan throughout a long history of academic, spiritual and scholarly exchanges, not only constitute the basis for the India-Japan bilateral relationship but also underscore the principles for the two countries to work together for the benefit of the Indo-Pacific region and the world at large.

 

  1. The two leaders shared their view that in order to achieve this shared vision, India and Japan must endeavour to work together for a rules-based and inclusive world order that fosters trust and confidence by enhancing communication and connectivity to ensure rule of law, unimpeded trade and flow of people, technology and ideas for shared prosperity.

 

  1. Prime Minister Modi recognised that the India-Japan relationship has been transformed into a partnership with great substance and purpose and is a corner stone of India’s Act East Policy. Prime Minster Abe underscored the basic importance of India-Japan relationship for the regional order and is determined to advancing the "new era in India-Japan relations” so as to further cooperate for peace, stability and prosperity of Indo-Pacific. Based on their shared vision, the two Prime Ministers reiterated their unwavering commitment to working together towards a free and open Indo-Pacific. The two leaders also affirmed that ASEAN unity and centrality are at the heart of the Indo-Pacific concept, which is inclusive and open to all. They shared willingness to expand concrete cooperation with the U.S. and other partners. The two leaders’ vision for the Indo-Pacific is based on a rules-based order that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, ensures freedom of navigation and overflight as well as unimpeded lawful commerce, and seeks peaceful resolution of disputes with full respect for legal and diplomatic processes in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law, including those reflected in the UNCLOS, without resorting to threat or use of force.


Partnership for Prosperity

 

  1. The two Prime Ministers reviewed with satisfaction the cooperation on development of connectivity via quality infrastructure, and other projects including capacity building for shared prosperity, carried out bilaterally and with other partners, in an open, transparent and non-exclusive manner and based on international standards, responsible debt financing practices, and in alignment with local economic and development strategies and priorities. This synergy is embodied in collaborative projects between India and Japan in the Indo-Pacific region, including in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh as well as in Africa. In this regard, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the discussions for establishing the "Platform for Japan-India Business Cooperation in Asia-Africa Region” to further enhance the exchanges between Japanese and Indian businesses toward developing industrial corridors and industrial network in the region.

 

  1. The two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made for the development of India’s North Eastern Region through the India-Japan Act East Forum by identifying and implementing projects for enhancing connectivity, sustainable forest and ecological management, disaster risk reduction and people-to-people exchanges. They also highlighted the importance of development of smart islands in India.

 

  1. Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation for the significant contribution of Japan’s ODA to the socio-economic development of India. Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s intention to continue to support India’s efforts for social and industrial development, including through key quality infrastructure projects and capacity building. The two leaders reviewed with satisfaction the progress made, including the signing of the Exchange of Notes for yen loan, on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project, which is an important symbol of India-Japan collaboration marked by the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. They also welcomed the continued cooperation on Metro Projects which support smarter development of Indian cities. India further appreciated Japan’s role in promoting connectivity through quality infrastructure projects such as the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

 

  1. The two Prime Ministers remain committed to synergising India’s demographic dividend and Japan’s capital and technology to realise the true potential of the India-Japan economic partnership for a prosperous future. In this regard, India welcomed Japan’s strong support for key transformational initiatives such as "Make in India”, "Skill India” and "Clean India Mission”, through sharing of resources and advanced technologies, and active mobilisation of Japanese public and private sector investments. Recognising the close cooperation in Intellectual Property Rights between the Intellectual Property Offices of the two countries, the two leaders concurred to start a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway programme on a pilot basis in certain identified fields of inventions in the first quarter of FY 2019. They welcomed the expansion of Japan’s Foreign Direct Investment in India under the "India-Japan Investment Promotion Partnership”, the progress made in Japan Industrial Townships (JIT) and other initiatives included in the Japan-India Roadmap for Investment Promotion. With a view to enhancing financial and economic cooperation, Governments of Japan and India welcomed the agreement to conclude a Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) of USD 75 billion. With regard to External Commercial Borrowing (ECB), no mandatory hedging will be required for infrastructure ECB of more than 5 years minimum average maturity.

 

  1. The two leaders shared the intention to further augment cooperation in skill development by expanding the scope and number of Japan-India Institutes for Manufacturing (JIMs) as well as the Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in various Indian states. Cooperation in human resource development and exchanges, including through utilising frameworks such as Japan’s "Innovative Asia” initiative, and the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) will be further promoted, aligning with emerging demands of industry.

 

  1. Both leaders welcomed the launching of a comprehensive India-Japan Digital Partnership with the vision to develop IoT and AI solutions for societal benefits and explore joint collaboration in emerging technologies by utilizing the "Japan-India Start-Up Hub” in Bengaluru and NASSCOM’s IT corridor project in Hiroshima Prefecture, attracting highly skilled talent and establishing collaboration between their respective industries and institutions. This will bring about a convergence between India’s flagship programmes such as "Digital India”, "Start-Up India” and "Smart City” with Japan’s "Society 5.0” to promote societal benefits. Both sides will encourage and support the creation of funds to invest in start-ups in India with participation by Japanese stakeholders.

 

  1. As they strive to provide affordable healthcare to their people, including addressing the challenges such as aging population, both leaders welcome the linking of Japan’s Asia Health and Well being Initiative (AHWIN) with India’s healthcare initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat, by introducing affordable technology, skill development and best practices in healthcare through reciprocal and mutually beneficial approaches. They will also exchange more information and work towards cooperation in the domain of traditional medicine, including Ayurveda, which, along with Yoga, has a rich history of providing holistic alternative healthcare.
  1. Both leaders also welcomed the progress made by the two sides in taking forward the bilateral cooperation in agriculture, food processing and forestry among various public and private stakeholders which would improve productivity of agriculture and decrease harvest and post-harvest losses.
  1. The two leaders reaffirmed that people-to-people exchanges are at the core of the India-Japan partnership and noted with satisfaction the growing cultural, educational, parliamentary, academic and Track 1.5 engagements, including the "Indo-Pacific Forum”. They also regarded tourism as an area with huge untapped potential and shared views to make efforts to enhance two-way flows, including through further easing of the visa requirements and tourism promotions. Both leaders shared the view to further promote India-Japan partnerships in higher education and empowerment of women, and facilitate academic, youth and sports exchanges. The collaborative launch of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre in India will build new bridges between the two peoples. The two leaders underscored the importance of steady expansion of contacts between Indian states and Japanese prefectures.


Partnership for Peace

 

  1. The two Prime Ministers viewed with great satisfaction the enormous progress made in the last decade in fostering joint efforts towards shared security since the signing of the India-Japan Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation in 2008. They reaffirmed their desire to further deepen bilateral security and defence cooperation and institute Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2), in addition to existing mechanisms, including the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Policy Dialogue, the National Security Advisers’ Dialogue, Staff-level Dialogue of each service. The two leaders welcomed the joint exercise between each of the three services and the commencement of negotiations on the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which will enhance the strategic depth of bilateral security and defence cooperation.

 

  1. Both leaders acknowledged the significant progress in maritime security cooperation, as seen in the high frequency of bilateral naval exercises and deepening level of the Malabar exercises, as well as long standing dialogues and training between the Coast Guards. Recognizing that enhanced exchanges in expanding maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indo-Pacific region contributes to regional peace and stability, they welcomed the signing of the Implementing Arrangement for deeper cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
  1. Cooperation between India and Japan on defence equipment and technology holds immense scope and potential for strengthening technological capability and industrial infrastructure through joint efforts between the public and private sectors. To this end, both leaders further reaffirmed to promote interaction between Indian and Japanese defence industries and relevant authorities, and also welcomed the commencement of the cooperative research in the area of Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and Robotics. The two sides will continue to make efforts with regard to cooperation on US-2 amphibian aircraft.
  1. Both leaders reiterated their commitment to promoting the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and decided to launch an Annual Space Dialogue for enhancing bilateral cooperation in outer-space. Both leaders also welcomed the technological collaboration between their respective agencies in the Joint Lunar Polar Exploration Mission.
  1. The two leaders welcomed recent developments in the Korean Peninsula, including the U.S.-North Korea Summit at Singapore in June and three inter-Korean Summits this year as a step towards the comprehensive resolution of the outstanding issues regarding North Korea. They underscored the importance of realizing North Korea’s complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs), and the importance of addressing concerns related to North Korea’s proliferation linkages. They reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of the relevant UNSCRs. They also urged North Korea to address the earliest resolution of the abductions issue.
  1. The two leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to the total elimination of nuclear weapons and remained resolute in the task of strengthening international cooperation to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. Prime Minister Abe stressed the importance of early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). The two leaders called for an immediate commencement and early conclusion of negotiations on a non-discriminatory, multilateral, and internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) on the basis of Shannon Mandate. After India’s full accession to three international export control regimes, the two leaders pledged to continue working together for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, with the aim of strengthening the global non-proliferation efforts.
  1. The two Prime Ministers condemned in the strongest terms the growing threat of terrorism and its universal reach. They called upon all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels, and halting cross-border movement of terrorists. They underlined the need for all countries to ensure that their territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries in any manner. They emphasised the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and intelligence. They called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, including those of November 2008 in Mumbai and January 2016 in Pathankot. They looked forward to strengthening cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lakshar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates.
  1. India and Japan seek expeditious and meaningful reforms of the United Nations, in particular the comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to make it more legitimate, effective and representative, taking into account the contemporary realities of the 21st century. They also expressed their determination to accelerate its process, including the launch of text-based negotiations in the intergovernmental negotiations in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. In this regard, they emphasized the importance of global collaboration with reform-oriented countries. They support each other's candidature, based on the firmly shared recognition that India and Japan are legitimate candidates for permanent membership in an expanded UNSC.


Partnership for Global Action


 

  1. The two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of their growing collaboration for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They committed themselves to strengthening environmental partnership in areas such as pollution control, sustainable biodiversity management, chemical and waste management, climate change and waste water management, utilizing the cooperation framework between their relevant authorities. Underscoring the need for concerted global action to combat climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement adopted under UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), they shared the view to play a leading role in this field, and reiterated their commitment to finalising the work programme for implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate further consultations for establishing the Joint Crediting Mechanism.

 

  1. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation on sustainable and clean forms of energy, including nuclear and renewables; explore possibilities for collaboration in hydrogen-based energy, while also continuing their efforts for cooperation in use of clean coal technology, petroleum and natural gas projects and LNG supply chain and welcomed "Japan-India Energy Transition Cooperation Plan”. India and Japan will further collaborate in energy efficiency and conservation, energy storage as well as manufacturing of eco-friendly vehicles including hybrid and electric vehicles. The two leaders welcomed the progress of India-Japan consultations on civil nuclear cooperation, and decided to continue discussions in this regard. India welcomed Japan’s decision to join the International Solar Alliance as it will strengthen global efforts to promote the deployment of solar energy as a clean, affordable and sustainable energy option.
  1. The two leaders reviewed with satisfaction the progress of cooperation in disaster risk reduction, bilaterally through the organization of workshops as well as multilaterally in different fora. They acknowledged the importance of effective implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, in areas such as early warning mechanism, water resource management, use of space-based technology and disaster resilient infrastructure.
  1. The two leaders underlined the crucial role of the rules-based multilateral trading system and shared the urgent necessity to reform the WTO leading to the reinforced functioning of the WTO and to free, fair, and open trade, for achieving sustainable growth and development. They recommitted themselves to resisting protectionism including all unfair trade practices and underlined the need to remove trade-distorting measures. They reaffirmed the strategic importance of the early conclusion of the negotiations for a high-quality, comprehensive and balanced Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement for realising full benefits of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
  1. The two Prime Ministers underscored the importance of enhancing consultation and coordination in regional and multilateral fora and institutions. They committed themselves to effectively addressing the needs and challenges of our times by promoting sustainable growth and development, economic stability, food and water security, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, counter-terrorism, cyber security, clean energy and science and technology development. The two Prime Ministers reaffirmed that relations between the two countries have acquired great purpose and substance in recent years. They underscored their mutual trust and deep faith in the maturity of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership today and the immense promise it holds for the future of the two countries as they jointly endeavour to build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous region and the world.

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AKT/SH/VK

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प्रधानमंत्री और मेरे घनिष्ठ मित्र आबे जी,

Distinguished delegates, 

Friends, 
नमस्ते! 
कोन्नचिवा! 

यहाँ टोक्यों में, और इससे पहले यामानाशी में और अपने घर में जिस आत्मीयता के साथ आबे सान ने मेरा स्वागत किया, उसने मेरी इस जापान यात्रा की सफलता को और भी अविस्मरनीय बना दिया है। जापान पूरब और पश्चिम की सभ्यताओं के सर्वश्रेष्ठ पहलुओं का संगम है। यह वही महान देश है जिसने सिखाया है कि मानव जाति के विकास का रास्ता पुरातन और नूतन के बीच टकराव का नहीं, बल्कि उनके सह-अस्तित्व और सृजन का है। नये का स्वागत और पुराने का सम्मान यह जापान की विश्व सभ्यता को प्रमुख देन है। और साथ ही भारत और जापान की एक गहरी समानता भी।

Excellencies, 

जापान और भारत के सम्बन्धों को हिन्द और प्रशांत महासागरों सी गहराई और विस्तार प्राप्त हैं। ये सम्बन्ध लोकतांत्रिक मूल्यों और स्वतंत्रताओं के प्रति और Rule of Law के प्रति साझा प्रतिबद्धता पर आधारित हैं। अपने संबंधों के आगामी विकास के लिए एक विशाल विज़न पर कल और आज आबे सान के साथ मेरी बहुत उपयोगी बातचीत हुई है। आज इस साझा विज़न पर हमने हस्ताक्षर किये हैं। कल यह हमारे भविष्य को नई रौशनी देगा। हमारे बीच पूरी सहमति है कि हम अपने सहयोग को digital partnership से cyber space तक, स्वास्थ्य से रक्षा-सुरक्षा तक और सागर से अंतरिक्ष तक, हर क्षेत्र में अबाध गति देंगे। मुझे बताया गया है कि आज जापान के निवेशकों ने भारत में 2.5 बिलियन डॉलर के नए निवेश की घोषणा की है। इससे भारत में लगभग 30 हज़ार लोगों को रोज़गार मिलेगा। इसी यात्रा के दौरान द्विपक्षीय करेन्सी स्वाप व्यवस्था पर हुई सहमति में हमारा आपसी विश्वास और हमारी आर्थिक साझेदारी की निरन्तर बढ़ती हुई नज़दीकी साफ़ तौर पर झलकते हैं।


Friends, 

21वीं सदी एशिया की सदी है। लेकिन इसके रुप-स्वरुप पर प्रश्न हैं। किसका फायदा होगा, क्या करना होगा, ऐसे बहुत से सवाल हैं। लेकिन एक बात साफ है। भारत और जापान के सहयोग के बिना 21वीं सदी एशिया की सदी नहीं हो सकती। आबे सान और मैं हमारे विदेश और रक्षा मंत्रियों के बीच 2+2 Dialogue के लिए सहमत हुए हैं। इसका उद्देश्य विश्व में शांति और स्थिरता को बढ़ावा देना है। International Solar Alliance में जापान का प्रवेश, विश्व के हित में ऐसे सहयोग का एक और उज्जवल उदाहरण बनेगा।


Friends, 

अगले वर्ष जापान ओसाका में G-20 Summit की मेज़बानी करेगा। अगले वर्ष रगबी World Cup भी जापान में आयोजित किया जायेगा। पहली बार यह tournament एशिया में आयोजित होगा। और फिर 2020 में Olympics ( ओलमपिक्स ) का आयोजन टोक्यो में होगा। इन सभी महत्वपूर्ण वैश्विक events के लिए, मेरी ओर से, और समस्त भारत की ओर से, हमारी हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं आपके साथ हैं।


Friends, 

भारत-जापान के संबंधों में प्रगति जापान की काईज़न philosophy की तरह असीम है। प्रधानमंत्री आबे के साथ मिलकर इन संबंधों को और अधिक मज़बूत बनाने के लिए मैं प्रतिबद्ध हूँ। मैं एक बार फिर आबे सान को, जापान सरकार को और आप सबको हार्दिक धन्यवाद और शुभकामनाएं देता हूं।


दोमो अरिगातो गोज़ाईमस।

 

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