India and Canada issued Joint Statement title New Vigour, New Steps (नया उत्साह, नए कदम) to elevate their bilateral relations to a strategic partnership. The joint statement was issued on 15 April 2015 during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada from 14 April to 16 April 2015. Modi’s visit to Canada is the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 42 years.
Details of the Joint Statement
- The two nations signed agreements covering the fields of uranium, visas, terrorism, foreign investment promotion and protection, Canada-India comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) free-trade deal, culture and people-to-people ties, regional and global issues and others.
Economy, Trade and Investment
- MoU was signed on Cooperation in Rail Transportation between India’s Ministry of Railways and Transport Canada, dealing with technical cooperation.
- MoU was signed on Civil Aviation between Transport Canada and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation, which will establish a Joint Working Group to bring together key industry and Government stakeholders to advance opportunities for cooperation in civil aviation.
- The two sides agreed to establish a Finance Ministers Dialogue for the purpose of deepening the India-Canada economic and financial relationship.
- Agreement signed between the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India and Cameco of Canada for long-term supply of uranium to India to meet its energy needs. The agreement would impart a new significance to India-Canada Civil Nuclear Cooperation.
- They agreed to encourage a collaborative programme to leverage their industries’ respective strengths in the field of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor technology for mutual benefit, as well as for the benefit of global nuclear energy needs.
- They agreed to explore mutually beneficial partnerships in the application of radio-isotopes for societal benefits.
- They welcomed the setting up of the India Nuclear Insurance Pool with potential participation of foreign companies as a positive step towards facilitating such cooperation.
- They agreed to exchange experiences and developments on safety and regulatory issues. To take this forward, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have finalised an arrangement for regulatory cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation.
- They agreed to further collaboration in areas such as energy efficiency and innovation, oil and gas development, exchange of regulatory best practices, renewable energy, and nuclear energy.
- To advance cooperation in this important sector, the two countries welcomed the convening of the next Ministerial meeting of the India-Canada Energy Dialogue by the end of 2015.
- Prime Ministers of both the countries also welcomed the decision by Indian Oil Corporation to invest in a proposed new liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia.
Education and Skills Development
- Both the countries welcomed the Canada’s partnership in the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) of India to enable Canadian researchers to cooperate in learning, research and teaching in select Indian educational institutions.
- First co-funded student exchange programme through the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme and Canada’s Mitacs Globalink Program set up
- 13 MoUs between the National Skill Development Council of India and 13 Canadian colleges, institutes, and Sector Skills Councils signed
- They leaders agreed to renew the Canada-India MoU on Higher Education on a rolling basis
- MoU on agriculture cooperation to promote trade in plants, plant products and other regulated articles by facilitating science-based discussions related to sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues.
Defence and Security
- They agreed to deepen their continuing cooperation in countering terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism through joint efforts, and greater cooperation between their relevant government departments
- Signing of the MoU between the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada on Cooperation in the Area of Cyber Security
- They agreed to explore cooperative possibilities in diverse fields including cold climate warfare, peacekeeping, and participation in respective Defence Staff College training.
- They also agreed to explore further cooperation in enhancing naval linkages, and staff exchanges.
- Statement of Intent between Defence Research and Development Organisation of India and Defence Research and Development Canada, aimed at exploring potential cooperative initiatives in defence and security science and technology was inked.
Science, Technology, Innovation, and Space
- Agreed to convene biennial meeting of the 5th Canada-India Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee in June 2015
- Committed to joint industrial research and development projects through the International Science and Technology Partnership Program, and endorsed the annual contribution of 1 million dollar by both countries.
- Agreed to include Canadian and Indian startups in the Canadian Technology Accelerator initiative
- Canada welcomed India’s offer to be a Partner Country in the 2017 Technology Summit to be hosted by India.
- Welcomed an investment of 2.5 million dollar in five health innovations in India by Grand Challenges Canada and its Indian partner - the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology
- They agreed to support further joint projects on Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure and Integrated Water Management and public health.
- The two countries agreed to accelerate ongoing efforts towards the elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis in India by jointly supporting an existing Grand Challenges Canada project.
- MoU on Space Cooperation between the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Canadian Space Agency was renewed.
- Proposed collaboration between the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) of India, and the Stem Cell Network of Canada in stem cell research, including possible research student exchanges
- Agreed to establish a dialogue between relevant federal departments of the two countries in order to facilitate cooperation in therapeutic products
Culture and People-to-People Ties
- MoU on Cultural Cooperation between Canada and India was renewed and Canada’s proposal to hold the Year of Canada in India in 2017.
- They looked forward to the entry into force of the Canada-India Social Security Agreement on 1 August 2015.
- They agreed to encourage further reciprocal visits by parliamentary delegations.