India and Japan signed ten agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations. The agreements were inked on 11 November 2016 in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Prime Minister was on a three-day visit (10 November to 12 November 2016) to Japan. Agreements/MoUs that were inked and exchanged includes
Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: The present Agreement provides for bilateral cooperation in the field of Nuclear Energy. This would provide for the development of nuclear power projects in India and thus strengthening of energy security of the country. The present agreement would open up the door for collaboration between Indian and Japanese industries in our Civil Nuclear programme.
Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Program: The MoC that envisages to train 30000 Indian youth in the Japanese style manufacturing in the next 10 years was inked between the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
This would be achieved through the programmes of Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) and the Japanese Endowed Courses (JEC) in select Engineering colleges. Japanese companies would be encouraged to set-up JIM by utilising their CSR fund while JEC will be supported by Government of Japan through technical experts. Programmes under this MoC would contribute to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation in the Field of Outer Space: The present MoU inked between ISRO and JAXA provide for cooperation in satellite navigation, planetary exploration and space industry promotion. It also seeks for joint missions and studies, joint workshops and training, joint use of ground systems for mutual support, and personnel exchange. It also seeks to establish JWG and sign Implementing Arrangements to carry out specific cooperative projects.
MoU on Mutual Collaboration in Marine and Earth Science and Technology: This MoU aims at promoting cooperation in the areas of joint survey and research. It also aims to promote an exchange of scientific visits by researchers and experts, joint scientific seminars and workshops and exchange of information, data and studied results. It also seeks to promote cooperation in any other mutually agreed forms of cooperation. Agreements for cooperation in specific activities will be taken up by concerned agencies subsequent to the signing of this MoU.
This agreement was signed between Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
MoC in the Field of Agriculture and Food Related Industry: It aims at deepening the bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food industries that includes food value chain networking and protecting Geographical Indication (GI) of agriculture products. The MoC is a framework document which would later provide for specific agreements between concerned agencies on both sides.
The pact was signed between the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
MoU for Transport and Urban Development: The pact seeks to enable cooperation between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation. The cooperation includes promotion in investment in infrastructure projects in railways and transport, toll roads, urban development, port and airport terminals, logistics and any supporting industries for these sectors. The MoU also enables the two sides to explore opportunities to set up an NIIF-JOIN joint fund.
MoU in the Field of Textiles: The MoU that aims to improve the quality of Indian Textiles for conformity assessment for Japanese market was signed between Textiles Committee of Union Ministry of Textiles and Japan Textiles Products Quality and Technology Centre (QTEC). It involves capacity building measures for the Textiles Committee and aligns the Indian Quality Control measures in line with Japanese market and technical standards.
MoC in the Field of Cultural Exchange: It seeks to provide a framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of Sports ahead of the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics & Paralympics. Under this MoC the two sides would seeks to promote
a) Training of athletes and coaches
b) Programmes for sports science and anti-doping
c) Programmes for developing sports education, infrastructure and management
d) Exchange visits of sports leaders, administrators, professionals and experts
As per the MoC, a specific cooperative mechanism will be pursued by respective sports agencies in their specified areas of activities. The MoC was signed between the Union Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan.
MOU for cooperation in the fields of academics, business, cultural cooperation, disaster management and environmental protection: It was signed between the State Government of Gujarat and Hyogo Prefectural Government, Japan. As per the agreement, a steering committee will be constituted to oversee the implementation of the MOU. It will also identify the agencies to carry out designated activities.
Department of Industries & Mines of Government Gujarat and International Affairs Bureau of Hyogo Prefectural Government have been identified as the contact points for developing project activities under this MOU.