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India, Brazil ink 15 pacts; sign Action Plan to deepen strategic partnership

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday, January 25, 2020   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The agreements are meant to boost cooperation in a wide range of areas like trade and investment, oil and gas, cyber security and information technology, after talks between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India and Brazil on Saturday concluded an Action Plan to deepen the strategic partnership as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro outlined efforts to further deepen ties between the two countries.

The two countries also concluded 15 agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) including on investment cooperation and facilitation treaty, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, bioenergy and cyber security.

 

“India and Brazil's strategic partnership is dependent on our similar mindset and values. In spite of the distance, we are together on several global forums. Today, we have agreed to take forward our partnership on several issues,”Mr. Modi said addressing a joint press conference.

Stating that the needed legal framework has been created to make investment better in both countries, he said India and Brazil, two big growing democracies, think similarly on several global issues. “From terrorism to the environment, India and Brazil have a similar view on all such issues,” he said.

 

Bilateral relations were elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2006 and 2023 will mark 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations. “We have just signed 15 agreements. We have indeed further consolidated our working bilateral relations,” Mr. Bolsonaro said. He will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade on Sunday.

Thanking Mr. Bolsonaro for accepting to be the Chief Guest, Mr. Modi said at the “Republic Day parade at Rajpath, you will witness the diversity of India. Brazil is also a country that celebrates many festivals with fervour.”

 

Mr. Modi termed Brazil as a valuable partner in India's economic transformation and “for needs in the food and energy sector.” Mr. Modi said they are adding new areas in bilateral cooperation. He also said they are focusing on new ways to promote defence industrial co-operation and are looking for a broader partnership in security. In this regard he said Brazil will have a large delegation at the DefExpo in Lucknow next month.

The other agreements exchanged are cooperation in oil and natural gas; cultural exchange programme; women and child development; investment protection; field of health and medicine; early childhood; traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy; cultural exchange programme between 2020-24; social security; scientific and technological cooperation; geology and mineral resources; animal husbandry and dairying.

 

Stating that the visit will open new opportunities for our bilateral cooperation, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said, “It also symbolizes the global rebalancing underway.”

 

Under the Action Plan concldued, existing mechanisms, as well as the goals of the Action Plan, have been grouped in six major thematic areas: political and strategic coordination; trade and commerce, investments, agriculture, civil aviation and energy mechanisms; science, technology and innovation; space cooperation; environment and technical cooperation; health mechanisms; defence and security; culture and education; consular issues, social security and legal cooperation mechanism.

 

The India-Brazil Joint Commission for political, economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation will be the main forum for monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan and will convene every two years, the Action Plan states.

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