India signed Five Agreements with Trinidad and Tobago
International Current Affairs 2012. India and Trinidad & Tobago on 6 January 2012 signed five agreements during the visit of Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
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 and Trinidad & Tobago issued a joint statement on this occasion. Highlights of this joint statement are as following:
• Both nations agreed to diversify trade and investments to prospective areas such as conventional and renewable energy, SMEs, ICT, Pharmaceuticals & Medical equipments and consumables, Health, Wellness Tourism, Ayurveda, Entertainment, Shipping among others.
• The Indian side agreed to encourage the Indian IT sector, both public and private, to collaborate with Trinidad and Tobago in its endeavour to develop an efficient IT industry.
• The Indian side appreciated the decision of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago for according visa waiver facility to Indian citizens for a period of 90 days.
• The Trinidad and Tobago side reiterated its support for India’s permanent membership in an expanded UNSC.
• Both sides recognised that the historical and cultural linkages between the two countries are being further strengthened through the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Cultural Cooperation in Port of Spain set up in 1996.
• Both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in the international communities’ joint endeavour in eliminating the menace of international terrorism.
• The two sides recognised that Climate Change is a global challenge with strong economic, environmental and social dimensions.