MODI’S VISITS: PURPOSE AND HIGHLIGHTS JAN 2016 – JUNE 2016

Place— Belgium.

Date— 30 March 2016.

Purpose— Bilateral meeting that focus on further enhancing the economic partnership.

Highlights—   1.Restart and expedite talks on a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and an extradition treaty to fight terrorism.

  1. Invited theBelgian governmentand companies to take part in India’s ambitious projects, including Digital IndiaStart Up India and Skill India.
  2. Amending protocol that makes the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) more comprehensive and contemporary.
  3. Technical activation of an optical infrared telescope in Devasthal in India, jointly developed by ARIES (Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences) of India and the Belgian company AMOS (Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems).
  4. MoU between the Department of Biotechnology of India and the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) for cooperation in the field of Biotechnology.
  5.  E-Tourist visa facility extended by India to Belgian nationals to promote tourism.

 

Place—Brussels

Date—  30 March 2016.

Purpose—  13thEU-India Summit

Agreements— 1. “EU-India Agenda for Action 2020” as a common roadmap to jointly guide and strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership in the next five years.

  1. Establish and implement an Indo-European Water Partnership (IEWP).
  2. Referring to the ‘100 Smart cities’ flagship programme and EU urban policy development experience, enhance EU-India cooperation on Urban Development.
  3. Consolidate the good cooperation on fusion energy research, in particular on JET(Joint European Torus), under the Euratom-India Fusion Cooperation Agreement; as well in ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).
  4. Finalise and start implementing the EURATOM-India agreement for research and development cooperation in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
  5. Create synergies between the “Digital India” initiative and the EU’s “Digital Single Market”.
  6. Strengthen dialogue and cooperation on education including through India’s GIAN programme and EU’s Erasmus+ programme.
  7. Merge the EU-India Security Dialogue and Foreign Policy Consultations into “Foreign Policy and Security Consultations” (FPSC) and maintain the four security working groups, which will report to the FPSC.
  8. Committed to further enhance exchanges in the fields of finance, justice and police and looked forward to the EU-India Counter-terrorism Dialogue.
  9. Promote cooperation to work towards the establishment of a Clean Energy and Climate Partnership.
  10. To develop EU-India cooperation on smart grids and to explore possibilities for the EU to work together with India to further the objectives of the International Solar Alliance, Mission Innovation.
  11. Decided to establish a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) between India and the EU and the participating EU Member States.

 

 

Place— Washington,_D.C. (United States )

Date— 31 March – 1 April 2016

Purpose— Nuclear Security Summit

Highlights— 1. Announced several key initiatives taken by his government in the area of nuclear security and non-proliferation, including countering nuclear smuggling and deployment of technology to deter nuclear terrorism.

  1. India will host a meeting of Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in 2017.
  2. India will support IAEA’s central role in nuclear security by a further contribution of USD1 million to the nuclear security fund. A workshop with IAEA experts on International Physical Protection Assessment Service (IPPAS) will also be held in India.

 

Place—– Riyadh (Saudi Arabia.)

Date— 2nd and 3rd April.

Purpose— Deepening the bilateral relations and strengthening business ties.

Agreements— 1. Agreement on Labour Co-operation between the Ministry of Labour of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India for Recruitment of General Category Workers.

    1. Technical Cooperation Program between the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).
    2. Executive Program for Cooperation in the Field of Handicrafts between the Export Promotion Council for Handicraft (EPCH) in the Republic of India and Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
    3. MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit – India and the Financial Intelligence Unit-Saudi Arabia concerning Cooperation in the Exchange of Intelligence related to Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Related Crimes
    4. Framework for Investment Promotion Cooperation between Invest India and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

Highlights— 1. Attended a business event in Riyadh.

      1. Visited the Masmak Fortress.
      2. Reached out to the workers at ‘L&T Residential Complex.
      3. Visited the TCS All Women IT & ITES Center in Riyadh.
      4. Shri Narendra Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour, Sash of King Abdulaziz Sash.

 

    1. Place— Tehran (Iran)

Date— 22-23 May 2016

Purpose— Focus mainly on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Iran, boosting bilateral trade, promoting regular consultations on peace and stability particularly in our region and extended neighbourhood, and encouraging people-to-people contacts and relations between the two countries.

Agreements— 1. India-Iran Cultural Exchange Programme.

      1. MoU between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Iran on Policy Dialogue between Governments and Interaction between Think Tanks.
      2. MoU between Foreign Service Institute, MEA and the School of International Relations, Iran’s MoFA to enhance cooperation between the two parties for training of diplomats and exchange of eminent speakers.
      3. Implementation Protocol between Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of S&T and Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology on Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology
      4. MoU between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Islamic Culture and Relations Organizations of the IR Iran
      5. Bilateral contract on Chabahar Port for port development and operations between IPGPL [India Ports Global Private Limited] and Arya Banader of Iran
      6. MoU between EXIM Bank and Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization [PMO] for the purpose of credit of USD 150 million for Chabahar port.
      7. MoU between ECGC [Export Credit Guarantee Corporation] Limited of India and the Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI) for  supporting and encouraging foreign trade and foreign investment between India and Iran and, where appropriate, the supply of goods and services from their respective countries as part of a project to a third country.
      8. MoU between National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) and the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) to jointly explore the possibility of manufacturing aluminium metal by setting up of a smelter on joint venture basis in Iran and/or entering into tolling arrangements with smelters in Iran or any other form of business collaboration including sale of alumina etc.
      9. MoU between IRCON and Construction, Development of Transport and Infrastructure Company (CDTIC) of Iran to provide requisite services for the construction of Chabahar-Zahedan railway line which forms part of transit and transportation corridor in trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
      10. MoU for cooperation between the National Archives of India and the National Library and Archives Organisation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for facilitation of exchange of information and knowledge in the field of archival matters through exchange of manuals, guidelines, rules, publications and other special literature on archival topics.

Highlights—-1. Inaugurate an international conference titled ‘India-Iran: Two Great Civilizations – Retrospect and Prospect’ in Tehran which was organized by ICCR with Academy of Persian Language and Literature and other Iranian partners.

2. The Prime Minister also released a rare Persian manuscript brought out by ICCR at the event.
Place— Herat (Afghanistan)
Date—- 04 June 2016

Purpose—- Inaugration of Salma Dam

Highlights— 1. Jointly inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, with President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani in Herat province in Western Afghanistan.
2. Discuss situation in Afghanistan and how the two countries can cooperate further for promoting peace and stability in that country.

 

Place— Doha (Qatar)

Date— June 04-05, 2016

Purpose—  Broaden and deepen bilateral engagement in diverse fields of mutual interest.

Agreements—1. MoU between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for facilitating participation of Qatari institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India under NIIF.

2. Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters between the Government of Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar
3. MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) and the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU) concerning cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism-financing and related crimes.

4. MoU between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Government of Republic of India and the National Qualifications Authority/Supreme Education Council, Government of the State of Qatar for Cooperation in Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications.
5. MoU on cooperation in Tourism between the Government of the Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar.
6. MOU between India & Qatar for Cooperationin areas of health, including interalia in occupational and environmental health, pharmaceuticals, medical education, exchange of the best practices in the field of primary healthcare, research in the field of health care, technology, health care system and exchange of medical experts and scientists.
7. The First Executive Programme for MoU in the field of Youth and Sports between the Government of Republic of India and Government of the State of Qatar.

 

Place— Geneva (Switzerland)

Date— 06 June 2016

Purpose—Strengthen the bilateral relations of two countries.

Highlights— 1. Raised the black money issue with Swiss Government .

2. Support for Indian claim to NSG membership.

 

Place— Washington (United States)

Date—  6-8 June 2016

Purpose—Deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India.

Agreements— 1. Arrangement between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the Government of the United States of America for the exchange of Terrorist Screening Information.
2. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)between the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change.
3. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Government of India and Government of the United States of America to enhance co-operation on Wildlife Conservation and Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
4. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and US Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security of the United States for the Development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (the Global Entry Programme).
5. Technical Arrangement between the Indian Navy and the United States Navy concerning Unclassified Maritime Information Sharing.
6. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India and the Department of Energy of the United States of America for Cooperation in Gas Hydrates.
7. Information Exchange Annex (IEA) between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the Department of Defense of the United States of America to the Master Information Exchange Agreement concerning Aircraft Carrier Technologies.
8. Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the Department of Defense of the United States of America.

Highlights—- Prime Minister’s speech at the US Congress.

 

 

  • Place—  MexicoDate—- 09 June 2016

    Purpose— To enhance bilateral relations between both the countries.

    Highlights—-1. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced his country’s support to India’s membership for the elite NSG.

    2. Wide-ranging talks with a major focus on further deepening cooperation in a range of areas including trade and investment, information technology, energy and space.
    3. Develop the roadmap of the Privileged Partnership suitablefor the 21stCentury, in the framework of the Seventh Mexico-India Joint Commission Meeting to be held in Mexico in 2016.

    4. Welcomed the opportunities offered by the convergence between the National Digital Strategy of Mexico and the Digital India Initiative, which share common objectives.
    5. Pledged tocontinue promoting the shared goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation as solutions with multilateral perspective, as well as to continue promoting cooperation on international security issues.
    6. Welcomed collaboration in space science, earth observation, climate and environmental studies.

     

    Place— Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

    Date— 23-24 June 2016

    Purpose—- Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit .

    Highlights—- 1. To seek China’s support for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) that controls access to sensitive nuclear technology.

    2. India’s entry into SCO as a full member will provide it an opportunity to have extended cooperation with member countries in areas of defence, security and counter-terrorism.

 

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