India and Brazil signed three agreements to strengthen the bilateral relation

Jul 17, 2014 16:16 IST

India and BrazilIndia and Brazil on 16 July 2014 signed three agreements during the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. The agreement was signed by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the Brazilian President official residence the Itamaraty Palace.

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Narendra Modi was on a visit to Brazil to attend 6th BRICS Summit being held in Fortaleza, Brazil form 15 July to 16 July 2014.

The three agreements signed between the two countries are

• MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Environment
• Agreement on Space
• MoU on Cooperation in the Establishment of a consultation mechanism on mobility and consular issues.

MoU on Environment

In the field of Environment, India and Brazil mutually agreed to extend cooperation on Climate change; Biodiversity; Afforestation in arid areas; Water conservation; Protection of wetlands and Waste management. Waste management includes Management of agricultural waste and electronic waste; Management of waste water management; Use of bio-fuels; Air and water quality management; Environmental information systems.

The cooperation in environment between the two countries will be in the form of exchange of information and documentation and collaborative projects. For this two countries agreed to set up an Indo-Brazil Joint Working Group on Environment. The Joint group will see that the contents of the MOU are implemented.

Agreement on Space
The two countries agreed on Implementing Arrangement Establishing Cooperation in Augmentation of a Brazilian Earth Station for Receiving and Processing Data from Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Satellites.

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Other Agreements
The two countries also agreed to take steps to further expand and diversify trade and investment flows and deepen cooperation in agriculture and dairy science, conventional and renewable energy, space research and application, defence, cyber security and environment conservation.

They also agreed to intensify their cooperation in international forums and multilateral institutions, including the G 20.

As leaders of G 4 countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called urgent progress on reforms of the United Nations, including the Security Council, by the time of the 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015.

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