The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on February 26, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT) of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for designating Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow (CSIR-CIMAP) as Coordinating Centre on Medicinal Plants.
Who signed the MoU?
The MoU was signed by Anil Kumar Tripathi, Director of CSIR-CIMAP and Dr A Sedrpousan, Director of IORA-RCSTT.
The signing ceremony was organized in the office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran at Tehran in the august presence of Nomvuyo Nokwe, Secretary General of IORA headquartered in Mauritius and Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, India.
CSIR-CIMAP as Coordinating Centre on Medicinal Plants
• The IORA Coordinating Centre at CSIR-CIMAP will establish a database on the important medicinal plants, their value added products, experts and industries of the IORA member states and organize meetings and training programmes to promote trade, commerce and scientific exchanges.
• It will promote cooperation in the area of traditional knowledge related to medicinal plants for the welfare of the people of IORA member states.
• It will also provide an opportunity for two important member states of IORA India and Iran to enhance cooperation between them.
• The Iranian side emphasized the historical importance of this initiative and expressed their happiness and optimism on this new initiative. This is a major development to boost the relationship between India and Iran.
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Considering the role India plays in Indian Ocean region and India's role in IORA, the Union Ministry of External Affairs has committed it's support towards the establishment and operationalization of the proposed Coordinating Centre at CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow.
The IORA is an association of 21 countries and 7 dialogue partners which have identified 6 areas of cooperation including medicinal plants.