Shares the Knowledge !

2012 January Bilateral Issues

India, Japan and China entered into a pact to share data to achieve the most efficient use of Naval Forces present in the Indian Ocean Region. The initiative is known as the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE).

The initiative began functioning from 1 January 2012. China, India, and Japan also agreed to carry out more effective coordination by establishing a convoy coordination working group as part of the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Mechanism.

Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago Kamla Persad Bissessar visited India from 5 January 2012 to 14 January 2012. India and Trinidad & Tobago on 6 January 2012 signed five agreements during her visit. The agreements are as following:

1) Memorandum of Understanding between India and Trinidad & Tobago on co-operation in the field of traditional Systems medicine.

2) Air Services agreement between India and Trinidad & Tobago.

3) Technical Cooperation Agreement (In the field of Education) between India and Trinidad & Tobago.

4) Programme of Cultural Exchanges between India and Trinidad & Tobago for the years 2012-14.

5)Memorandum of Understanding between Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences( CCRAS) Department of Ayush, Ministry of Health& Family Welfare, the government of India and the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

India's National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC), on 29 January 2012 signed an agreement with Bangladesh Power Development Board(BPDP) for setting up a joint venture 1320 MW thermal power plant. 

The joint venture coal-based power plant will be set up at Rampal in Khulna Division of Bangladesh. The project is the first joint venture power plant in Bangladesh.

India signed a multi-lateral agreement with France and Germany to check tax evasion and avoidance. It was signed under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a top global financial body, at its headquarters in Paris.

India and Japan agreed to enhance their cooperation in the infrastructure sector. The decision was taken at a meeting between Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi and his Japnese counterpart Takeshi Maeda in New Delhi on 12 January 2012.

The two countries are in the concluding phase of finalising a Memorandum of Cooperation to exchange technical knowledge and expertise in the Road Transportation and Highways sector including capacity building and advanced technology for road transport management system as well as intelligent transport system.

India signed MoU with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) at Manado, Indonesia on 12 January 2012.

The main objectives of the MoU are to:
• Cooperate in facilitating travel and tourist visits.
• Further strengthen the tourism partnership.
• Enhance mutual assistance and human resource development for tourism sector
• Take necessary steps for exploring avenues of cooperation and sharing of information.
• Exchange information pertaining to statistics and development strategies, investment opportunities and economic data in tourism, travel and hospitality sectors relevant to each other.
• Jointly organize seminars, workshops and face-to-face meetings wherever possible, with a view to exploring and discussing new opportunities and avenues for the development and promotion of tourism and
• Any other area of activity aiming at tourism cooperation.

Prime Minister of India had announced during the 9th ASEAN Summit held at Bali on 19 November, 2011 that a Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening tourism cooperation between India and ASEAN would be signed preferably at the Meeting of ASEAN-India Tourism Minister in early 2012. Consequent to the announcement made by the Prime Minister the MoU has been signed between India and ASEAN on strengthening tourism cooperation.

India and South Africa on 8 January 2012 agreed to speed up talks to conclude a bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement in view of the increased trade between the two countries. Both nations reviewed commercial and economic relations in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

India on 4 January 2012 approved 6600 crore rupees acquisition of 490 French advanced missile systems to arm the Mirage-2000 fighter jets. The Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the contract for the fire and forget MICA with French armament company MBDA. MICA are interception and aerial combat missiles.

The MICA systems will be fitted on IAF’s 51 Mirage-2000s. French company Dassault Aviation will help in the upgradation of IAF’s 51 Mirage-2000s. The Mirage upgrade project will cost around 20000 crore rupees. The project will be completed in 10 years.

In fact, India plans to induct stealth FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) from 2020 onwards with cooperation from Russia. This defence project is considered to be the biggest-ever defence project and it will cost approximately 35 billion US dollars.



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