India and Singapore on 24 November 2015 signed 10 agreements on mutual co-operation. These include Defence, Civil Aviation, National Planning and cyber Security.
The agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minster of Narendra Modi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Singapore (23 November to 24 November 2015).
List of Joint Declaration/Agreements/MoU’s signed
Joint Declaration on a Strategic Partnership: Seeks to elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership to deepen and broaden engagement in existing areas of cooperation. The Strategic Partnership is also a framework to contribute to greater regional stability and growth.
Agreement concerning Defence Cooperation: It provides for
a) Defence Ministers’ Dialogue
b) Joint exercises between armed forces
c) Cooperation between defence industries to identify areas of co-production and co-development
Agreement on the Extension of Loan of Artifacts to the Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore Executive Programme on Cooperation in the Fields of the Arts, Heritage, Archives and Library for the Years 2015-2018: Programme envisages detailed plan of action and cooperation in the field of Arts, Museums, Archives, Monuments, Library and Exchange of Technical Experts & Students for the period 2015-2018.
Operationalisation of the Technical Agreement on Sharing White Shipping Information: Was signed between the Indian Navy and the Singapore Navy signed on 21 July 2015.
MoU on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security: The agreement was inked between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Department of Information Technology of India and Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT), Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.
The MoU promotes closer cooperation and exchange of information pertaining to cyber security between the CERTs of the two nations by establishment of a broader framework for future dialogue; exchange of information on cyber-attacks; research collaboration in smart technologies; exchange of information on prevalent cyber security policies and best practices as well as professional exchanges.
MoU in Civil Aviation: It was inked between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE). The MoU facilitates mutual cooperation in a number of mutually agreed areas of civil aviation services and airport management beginning with Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports.
MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Planning: It was inked between National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE). The MoU promotes knowledge and information exchange in areas such as
a) Urban planning
b) Waste water management
c) Solid waste management
d) Public-private partnerships between the two organisations
MoU on Cooperation to Combat Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and their Precursors: It was inked between the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) Singapore.
The MoU facilitates and enhances cooperation by exchange of Information on trends in the illicit manufacture and those arrested on drug trafficking charges and establish direct contact points between the two Bureaus. Capacity building, skill upgrading and knowledge development are also identified as areas of cooperation.
MoU in Capacity Building in the Field of Urban Planning and Governance: It was inked between the Town and Country Planning Organisation of the Government of India and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise.
The MoU provides for participation of government officials from India in capacity-building programmes in areas such as urban planning and management.
Besides, the Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Lee Hsein Loong also released commemorative stamps depicting Rashtrapati Bhawan and Istana-Official residence of Singapore President-as a mark of 50 years of bilateral relation.
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When: 24 November 2015