Prasar Bharati and Cuban Radio and Television Institute will exchange programmes in the fields of culture, education, science, entertainment, sports and news of mutual interest

India and Cuba signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation between Prasar Bharati (PB) and Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT) as part of strengthening the friendly relations between the two countries.

They will also explore co-production opportunities in broadcasting on issues of mutual interest.

PB and ICRT will exchange programmes in culture, education, science, entertainment, sports and news of mutual interest, subject only to contractual and copyright limitations.

The exchange will be on gratis basis, taking into account any existing commercial agreement. In case of exchange on commercial basis, conditions will be determined through mutual agreement on a case-by-case basis.

However, any change or alteration to the programmes, including editing, will take place after discussions.

“The aim of such discussions shall be to ensure that no alteration or distortions to the original meaning of the programmes occur,” the MoU states.

It also provides for PB and ICRT informing each other of significant cultural, economic, political and social events taking place in their respective countries. Both organisations will take advantage of each other’s expertise through exchange of personnel and training of technical staff.

The MoU specifically states that any change in the terms can be made only through a written agreement.

Earlier Vice-President Hamid Ansari laid a wreath at the Jose Marti Memorial at the Revolution Plaza.

Mr. Ansari said the 19th century Cuban national hero symbolised the success of the Cuban Revolution and ideals of justice and equality.

Mr. Ansari also visited the Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology which pioneers research in life sciences. He noted that there were “immense possibilities for cooperation” between India and Cuba in this area.